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Spring Turkey Hunting Workshops Scheduled

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host six spring turkey hunting workshops across the state to help prepare hunters for the upcoming seasons. The free, two-hour workshops are open to all turkey hunters, regardless of experience and will feature Game and Parks specialists covering strategies, equipment, biology and tips to becoming a successful turkey hunter. “This is a great program for the new turkey hunter or those looking to learn more,” said Aaron Hershberger, a Game and …

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Spring Brings the Call of the Crane

The spring migration has begun when the unique and primeval call of the sandhill crane is heard; it is one that captures our attention and curiosity. Standing four-foot tall these prehistoric birds travel through Nebraska as part of their migration from summering areas in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico to their nesting areas in the upper United States, Canada and as far North as Siberia. In the Central Flyway, Nebraska is one of the few places left for the 500,000-plus …

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March Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 3 – Prescribed burn workshop: Burning tree piles, Guide Rock Community Center, 120 W. Douglas St., Guide Rock, 6 p.m., 308-850-8395 March 4 – Lake and pond management workshop, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, 3125 Portia St., Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-476-2729 March 6-31 – Fort Kearny State Historical Park visitor center open for crane viewing and history, Kearney, 308-865-5305 …

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Walleye Fishing Workshop Set for March 12 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium

LINCOLN – The public is invited to a free walleye fishing workshop March 12 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries outreach program manager Daryl Bauer will present the 7 p.m. workshop, which will include a discussion on walleye habitat, management and fishing techniques. The aquarium is located in Schramm Park State Recreation Area, 5 miles south of Interstate 80, exit 432. For more information, call the aquarium at 402-332-3901.

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Bald Eagles Break Nest Record in 2014

LINCOLN – A record 146 bald eagle nests were surveyed in 2014 by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and its partners, with 111 of the nests being active. Bald eagles were on federal and state endangered species lists as late as 2007 and 2008, respectively. In less than a quarter century the species has gone from a nonexistent breeding species in the state to one that is relatively numerous, according to Joel Jorgensen, Game and Parks’ nongame bird program …

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Run Wild for Wildlife Conservation May 16

LINCOLN – Registration is now open for Run Wild, an annual trail run to be held May 16 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Choose from a 10k or 5k trail run on a scenic, naturally challenging back trail. There also is a 1-mile children’s fun run. All proceeds are used for conservation of Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places, with special emphasis on Nebraska’s rare, declining and threatened and endangered species. These trail runs are not timed. Early Registration is …

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Get Outdoors for Shed Deer Antler Hunt

LINCOLN – Mid-February is a good time to get outdoors with the family for some fresh air and exercise and go hunting for shed deer antlers. Deer have begun to shed their antlers for re-growth purposes. Nebraska law allows a person to pick up, possess, buy, sell, or barter antlers or horns that have been dropped or shed by antelope, deer or elk. Greg Wagner, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission public information officer, says there are several reasons to hunt …

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Take Time to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

LINCOLN – Proper maintenance and care of fishing rods and reels can ensure that they are able to catch fish for several years. February is a good month to make sure the equipment is in good condition for the year. Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, has the following tips for maintaining rods and reels. — Clean the cork handle of a rod. Remove any dirt or discoloration. — Before cleaning a reel, …

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Consider Continuous CRP Opportunities

LINCOLN – Agriculture producers are encouraged to visit their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to see what continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) opportunities are available. Continuous CRP is a great option for those areas of a farm that are underperforming or difficult to farm. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with other partners, offer a variety of additional incentives that can make continuous CRP a good business decision. There are practices available to fit every operation. Among them …

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Lake and Pond Management Workshops Scheduled

LINCOLN – Persons interested in pond and lake management are invited to a series of free workshops in March. The workshops are a joint effort of the Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The workshops are intended for landowners and others interested in learning about: — How lakes function in southeast Nebraska — Managing waters for fisheries — Lake management planning — Resolving common maintenance problems — Developing an individualized maintenance plan for …

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