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Handgun Class for Women Set for June 25

LINCOLN – Women can learn more about using .22 caliber handguns at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park’s (SHP) free Basic Handgun Class for Women. Set for June 25, the class will cover gun handling safety, types of handguns, and shooting grip, stance and sight alignment. The class will conclude with a Q&A session and range time. Equipment is provided, and registration closes on June 18. Fort Hartsuff SHP is located 10 miles southeast of Burwell. A park entry permit is required …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Accepting 2016 Trail Grant Applications

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting recreational trail grant applications for fiscal year 2016 funding. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions such as communities, counties and natural resources districts up to 80 percent of project costs for trail acquisition, development, renovation and support facilities. Applicants must have the financial means to undertake and maintain the project and all funding should be on hand. This …

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Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Meat processors have until July 20 to apply for participation in the 2016 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The application form and program guidelines are available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/HHH. Scroll down to Participating Processors and then click on “apply.” The Commission will accept applications for participation in any of Nebraska’s 2016 deer hunting seasons. The Commission will contact eligible applicants by Aug. …

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Commission Stresses Park Visitors Should Restrict Firewood Movement Following EAB Confirmation

LINCOLN – Now that the presence of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Nebraska, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission emphasizes that campers should continue to restrict the movement of firewood to prevent the spread of EAB throughout the state. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture on June 8 confirmed the presence of the EAB in Omaha’s Pulaski Park. EAB is a tree-killing beetle native to Asia. It can move from state to state in firewood. As …

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Public Invited to Commission Meeting June 17 in McCook

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will provide an update on the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan during its meeting June 17 in McCook. The public is invited to attend the 8 a.m. meeting, which will take place in Room 213 of McMillen Hall at McCook Community College, 1205 East 3rd St. The update will include planning that has taken place and what is scheduled, the role and input by the plan’s advisory committee, review of public input …

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Pond at Platte River SP Under Renovation

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LINCOLN – Jenny Newman Pond at Platte River State Park is undergoing a renovation that will include the addition of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant walks, improved fishing access and interactive ponds. While there will be no direct impact to the Cottonwood, Choke Cherry 1 and Choke Cherry 2 cabins near the pond, the area behind them will be under construction. Owen Landing remains open daily until mid-August, and then will be open on weekends only. Paddleboat rides and fishing access …

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Intertribal Powwow Canceled

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The Intertribal Gathering Powwow, scheduled for June 18-19 at Fort Robinson State Park, has been canceled. The Friends of the Intertribal Gathering, the committee that oversees the event, decided earlier this week to cancel this year’s powwow, citing a lack of funding that led to a low number of committed participants. The committee is working to bring the powwow back next year. Although the powwow has been called off, the gathering’s popular 5k run is still a go. It will …

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Three Summer Shooting Programs Offered at Platte River State Park

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LINCOLN – Come to Platte River State Park (SP) this summer and learn or expand shooting skills with three different workshops. Introduction to Shotguns and Trap Shooting will be held June 15 and July 13. Led by a trap coach, this workshop is designed for new and novice shooters. It will include an introduction to shotguns, trap shooting and 5-stand sporting clays. The Rimfire Steel Plate Fun Shoot is scheduled for June 11, July 16 and Aug. 13. The entire …

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Seven State Recreation Areas Will Allow Fireworks on July 4

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LINCOLN – Visitors to seven state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks. Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee SRA near Emerald and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks from 8 a.m. until midnight on …

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Conservation Officers to Conduct Special Patrols

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LINCOLN – From June through August, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers, in conjunction with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol, will conduct special enforcement patrols focusing on state recreation areas (SRA) and other Commission-managed property in Lancaster County. The special patrols will focus on reducing the potential for alcohol-related vehicle and boat crashes around Branched Oak SRA, Pawnee SRA, Bluestem SRA, Wagon Train SRA, Stagecoach SRA and Wildwood Wildlife Management Area. The efforts will …

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