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Commission Meeting to Discuss Elk Permits

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider a bonus point system for general bull elk permits when they meet Jan. 17 in Lincoln. If passed, the system would give people who have applied for a bull elk permit and been unsuccessful one or more years a better chance of drawing a permit. Beginning in 2014, a person would receive a bonus point each time he or she applies for but does not receive a permit. In subsequent …

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Explore Nebraska’s Biodiversity at Wildcat Hills Nature Center

LINCOLN – Nebraska is home to a wide variety of life – nearly 450 birds, 95 mammals, 106 fish, 60 amphibians and reptiles, more than 1,400 plants, and countless arachnids, invertebrates, fungi and bacteria. This biodiversity demonstrates the state’s variety of habitats and quality of land. A snapshot of Nebraska’s biodiversity is on display through March at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center with the Explore Nebraska’s Biodiversity exhibit. The exhibit includes a double-sided photographic mural featuring nearly 100 images of …

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Nebraska Reports No Boating-Related Deaths in 2013

LINCOLN – There were no boating-related deaths in Nebraska in 2013. The state had not gone without at least one fatality in a year since it began tracking boating accidents in 1965, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The number of reported boating accidents also decreased, from 44 in 2012 to 31 in 2013. “That’s what diligent law enforcement, coupled by expanded, excellent boating safety education, can do,” said Herb Angell, Nebraska’s boating law administrator. The state has …

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Scheels Donates Bows to Game and Parks’ Mentored Youth Archery Program

LINCOLN – More youth will be able to take part in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Program thanks to a donation of 23 gently used compound bows by Scheels All Sports in Lincoln. “It’s going to be a huge help,” said Aaron Hershberger, a Game and Parks outdoor education specialist who coordinates the Mentored Youth Archery Program. The program pairs youth interested in bowhunting with experienced archers. Many youth hunters take part in the program year …

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Spring Turkey Permits Available Jan. 13

LINCOLN – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2014 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission starting at 1 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 13. Each spring turkey permit allows a hunter to take one male or bearded female turkey with bow and arrow in the archery season or with a shotgun in the shotgun season. A person may purchase up to three spring turkey permits. Archery season for youth and adults opens March 25. Shotgun season opens …

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Two Mountain Lions Harvested in Pine Ridge

LINCOLN – Two mountain lions were harvested on Jan. 2 during Nebraska’s first regulated hunting season. Both hunters harvested male mountain lions. A male lion weighing 103 pounds was harvested in Sioux County and a male lion weighing 138 pounds was harvested in Dawes County. The hunt took place in the Pine Ridge Unit of northwest Nebraska. Season 1 ended with the harvest of two lions. The state’s inaugural season opened Jan. 1. Season 2 in the Pine Ridge Unit …

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Mahoney State Park to Host Winterfest Olympics, Disc Golf Tournament

LINCOLN – The Winterfest Olympics are coming to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP). On Saturday Jan. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., park staff will guide youth through outdoor activities including archery, slingshot shooting, fishing, sled-racing and more. The seven activities, which are geared toward children between 5 and 10 years old, are free and open to the public. Participants will receive medals upon completion of all seven activities. Also on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m., Mahoney SP …

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Mountain Lion Unintentionally Killed

LINCOLN – A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a cable restraint trap in Sioux County on Dec. 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The mountain lion was a subadult female weighing approximately 85 pounds that appeared to be in good health. The trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy. High pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and other furbearers, which …

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January Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in January: Jan. 1 – First segment of light goose hunting season closes Jan. 1 – First Day Hike, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 Jan. 1 – Mountain lion hunting opens in Pine Ridge Unit Season 1 and Prairie Unit Jan. 4 – Duck and coot hunting seasons close in Zone 3, Low Plains Unit Jan. 4 – Winterfest Olympics, Eugene T. …

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Discover Ice Fishing at Mahoney State Park on Jan. 11

LINCOLN – Learn the basics of ice fishing or pick up a few new tips on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host Discover Ice Fishing from 1-4 p.m. at the park’s CenturyLink Pond. Families and ice anglers of all skill levels will receive guidance on techniques, equipment, bait and safety. Hot cocoa will be served. A park entry permit is required. All fishing regulations apply. Loaner equipment will be …

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