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Forest-Thinning Projects to Begin at Chadron SP, Keller Park SRA

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will soon begin forest-thinning projects at Chadron State Park and Keller Park State Recreation Area. The projects are set to begin sometime in October, depending upon weather conditions, and may continue through the end of 2014. The Chadron project is designed to remove dead and dying ponderosa pine trees that were killed by wildfire in 2012. Thinning will take place on 106 acres near park cabins along the scenic loop road. The …

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Dead Mountain Lion Found Near Ericson

LINCOLN – The body of a female mountain lion that may have been killed by a vehicle was discovered along a road near Ericson on Oct. 9. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is investigating. While there are signs the cat may have been struck by a vehicle, officials are awaiting the completion of forensic analysis. Anyone with information regarding the incident may call the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers at 1-800-742-7627. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a …

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Opportunities Abound with $5 Youth Hunting Permits

LINCOLN – Children not exposed to hunting at a young age most likely won’t pursue that activity as an adult. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants to make hunting affordable to any interested youth through its $5 youth permit program. For $5, hunters ages 15 and under can buy turkey or deer permits in Nebraska, regardless of residency. Hunters ages 10-15 may apply for up to two youth deer permits at $5 each. Youth may buy up to three …

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Outdoor Education Center Archery Ranges Closed Oct. 12 for Tournament

LINCOLN – The indoor archery and outdoor field course ranges at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be closed to the public Oct. 12 for an archery tournament. The indoor firearm and outdoor target ranges will remain open. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archery Club will host a fundraising public archery tournament that day. The tournament will include outdoor 3-D, indoor target and other events. Archery equipment will be provided for those who do not bring …

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Harlan Stilling Basin Trout Stocking Canceled

LINCOLN – The scheduled rainbow trout stocking of the Harlan County Dam stilling basin has been canceled because of the uncertainty of water releases from the lake. The trout stocking was scheduled for Oct. 16, assuming no water was to be released from the lake this fall. However, plans apparently call for a release of water to take place. This would cause the trout to be flushed down the river and not allow them to be harvested by anglers. For …

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Special Youth Upland Hunts Set for Oct. 18-19

LINCOLN – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts during the Oct. 18-19 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season. Rooster pheasants will be released at nine wildlife management areas before the special youth hunt season. The special hunts are open to the public, and the number of participants is not limited. No registration or special permit is required. Special regulations posted at each of the nine WMAs will apply to all portions …

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Two More Trout Family Fishing Events Scheduled

LINCOLN – Lakes in Seward and Broken Bow have been added to the list of sites that will host Trout Family Fishing events across Nebraska in October. These events are perfect for families and inexperienced anglers who want to learn more about fishing. Each body of water will be stocked with catchable-size trout before the event. Loaner fishing equipment, bait and instruction will be available. The Trout Family Fishing schedule is as follows (times are 4:30-6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted): …

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Enjoy Halloween Fun at Nebraska State Park Areas

LINCOLN – Enjoy autumn in the outdoors by celebrating Halloween at Nebraska’s state parks. Pre-Halloween activities for all ages will take place at seven park areas. The activities, by park, are: Alexandria State Recreation Area (SRA) – Go trick-or-treating at the campground decorated for Halloween at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18-19 at this park. Call 402-729-5777 for more information. Arbor Lodge State Historical Park (SHP) – Enjoy Halloween’s Enchanted Garden, an annual event by the Friends of Arbor Lodge Foundation, …

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Two Deer Hunting Workshops Scheduled

LINCOLN – Prepare for the upcoming firearm deer seasons by attending one of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s two deer hunting workshops this month. The free workshops will be held Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln and Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chalco Hills Natural Resources Center in Omaha. Both workshops are open to anyone interested in deer hunting, regardless of skill level. Game and Parks specialists …

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Mountain Lion Harvested in Knox County

LINCOLN – A 157-pound male mountain lion was harvested on the evening of Oct. 5 in Knox County near Lewis and Clark Lake. This is the first mountain lion harvested in the Prairie Unit, which has been open since Jan. 1. Mountain lion hunting is open in the Prairie Unit until the end of the year. All other mountain lion units are closed at this time. For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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