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Man Dies in Hunting-Related Incident Near Macy

LINCOLN – A 48-year-old Omaha man has died following a hunting incident near Macy in northeast Nebraska on Sunday, Oct. 20. The incident took place on the Omaha Indian Reservation, where an early deer hunting season was in progress. The victim was in a five-person hunting party when he was shot in the buttocks with a rifle. He was transported to a Winnebago hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been ordered. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, …

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Commissioners Approve Additional Multispecies Permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners created three additional multispecies hunt permits during their meeting Friday, Oct. 18 in Nebraska City. Those new multispecies lottery permits, which will be drawn in 2014, are: – One Super Tag (elk, antelope, deer and turkey) for residents or nonresidents, with multiple $10 entries per person allowed. – One combination (antelope, deer and turkey) for residents, with one $10 entry per person allowed. – One combination (antelope, deer and …

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Motorists Must Use Caution to Avoid Deer-Vehicle Collisions

LINCOLN – Deer are more active this time of year, when crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has tips to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle accidents and lessen the risk of personal injury or vehicle damage. — During the breeding season, bucks become more active searching for does with which to breed. Bucks are bolder, less wary and more susceptible to collisions with vehicles. Deer movement peaks each day …

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Halloween Archery Night Scheduled at Lincoln Archery Range

LINCOLN – A Halloween Families on Target Archery Night is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Lincoln Archery Range. This free event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Archery equipment will be provided, and yardage, 3-D and aerial targets will be available. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Enter the archery range through the Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club entrance (4855 N. 48th St.) and drive west to the parking lot.

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Ponca Man Highest Bidder for First Nebraska Mountain Lion Auction Permit

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tom Ferry of Ponca was the highest bidder for Nebraska’s first mountain lion auction permit on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Nebraska Big Game Society banquet and auction at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Ferry bid $13,500. On Oct. 9, 15-year-old Holden Bruce of Franklin drew the state’s first mountain lion lottery permit. Ferry and Bruce will be allowed to hunt mountain lions with dogs during Season 1, Jan. 1-Feb. 14, 2014, in the Pine Ridge Unit. …

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Walgren Lake SRA to Reopen to Public Access

LINCOLN, Neb. – Walgren Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) in Sheridan County will reopen Oct. 17 following an agreement between the community group Friends of Walgren Lake and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The group will keep open and maintain the SRA through April 30, 2014, after which Game and Parks will resume operation and maintenance. On Aug. 30, Game and Parks announced the temporary closure of all services and vehicle access at 24 state recreation areas – including …

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Commissioners to Consider Additional Multispecies Permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners will consider a recommendation to create three additional multispecies hunt permits when they meet Oct. 18 in Nebraska City. Those potential multispecies lottery permits are: – One Super Tag (elk, antelope, deer and turkey) for residents or nonresidents, with multiple $10 entries per person allowed. – One combination (antelope, deer and turkey) for residents, with one $10 entry per person allowed. – One combination (antelope, deer and turkey) for …

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Fisheries Involved in Honored Projects

LINCOLN, Neb. – Omaha’s Metropolitan Area Planning Agency recently received a 2013 Innovation Award for the Carter Lake Water Improvement Project from the National Association of Development Organizations. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was among 16 agencies and organizations in Nebraska and Iowa involved in the project to improve water quality and recreation in the 315-acre lake. Project costs totaled $7.2 million, with $2.3 million contributed by Game and Parks. In September, the Fisheries Administration Section of the American …

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Larger Walleye, Northern Pike Stocked in Many Nebraska Waters

LINCOLN, Neb. – While many anglers associate October with rainbow trout stocking in Nebraska, other fish are being stocked, as well. The Calamus and North Platte fish hatcheries have raised 7- to 9-inch walleye and 12-inch northern pike. These species are typically stocked at fingerling size, but they were grown to an advanced size to increase chances of survival. Advanced walleyes have been stocked in Branched Oak Reservoir, Buckskin Hills Lake, Cottonmill Lake, Holmes Lake, Leigh Lake, Maskenthine Reservoir, Morman …

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reopen Waterfowl Production Areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – According to a news release issued today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Waterfowl Production Areas will remain open. In the announcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that due to the ongoing lapse in Congressional appropriations, the decision was made to close all facilities and lands to public use. The closure came at an extremely difficult time with hunting seasons just underway, fall migratory bird migrations at their peak, and hundreds of communities forced to …

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