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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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Nebraska Fall Trout Stockings Have Begun

LINCOLN, Neb. – The fall stocking of catchable-size rainbow trout in Nebraska has begun. These 10-inch fish are being stocked in urban and park waters across the state to provide fishing opportunities throughout the winter. “These rainbow trout that are being stocked are relatively easy to catch and are in waters easily accessible to a lot of youth and beginning anglers,” said Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “We encourage experienced anglers to …

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Access Road to Wagon Train SRA Boat Ramp to Reopen Oct. 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – The access road to the boat ramp at Wagon Train State Recreation Area in Lancaster County will reopen Friday, Oct. 11 and the ramp will be available. Crews have cleaned up those areas after an Oct. 3 storm downed numerous trees and destroyed structures. The other areas closed due to the storm will remain closed while cleanup continues.

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First Mountain Lion Lottery Permit Drawn

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 15-year-old Franklin resident drew the state’s first mountain lion lottery permit on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Holden Bruce will be allowed to hunt mountain lions during Season 1, Jan. 1-Feb. 14, 2014, in the Pine Ridge Unit. As the first lottery permit holder, Bruce will be allowed to hunt mountain lions with dogs during Season 1. The 100 other lottery permit holders, which also were drawn Oct. 9, will hunt during Season 2, Feb. 15-March 31 in …

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Special Youth Uplands Hunts Set for Oct. 19-20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts at nine wildlife management areas (WMA) across Nebraska during the Oct. 19-20 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season. Rooster pheasants will be released at all designated sites 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 but special regulations will be in …

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