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Blue Lake Trail Closed

CHADRON — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have temporarily closed access to Blue Lake in Garden County because of deteriorating ice conditions. The trail was closed during the nine days of firearm deer season and Game and Parks officials decided to extend the closure after assessing the lake’s condition Monday. With wind and warmer temperatures, the fishable ice has melted around the edge of the lake at the access point. Joe Rydell, northwestern district fisheries biologist, said the lake …

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Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Ponca State Park this Saturday, November 29. With Christmas just around the corner, warm up your cookie decorating skills and get a head start on holiday crafts such as homemade ornaments and greeting cards. The day will conclude with free family photos and lighted hayrack rides. All activities will meet at the Resource and Education Center. All ages welcome. Start your Christmas Day countdown by making your own natural chalkboard at 9 a.m. Participants must preregister …

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Information Wanted for Poached Bull Elk

By Justin Haag Nebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN – Conservation officers are seeking information in the investigation of the illegal killing and abandonment of a bull elk in northwestern Nebraska during the opening weekend of firearm deer season. The elk was found dead west of Crawford on the Peterson Wildlife Management Area, a 2,460-acre property managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for public hunting. Firearm deer season began Saturday, Nov. 15. Elk are currently out of season. …

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Photography and Scrapbooking at Ponca State Park

Visit Ponca State Park on Saturday, November 22 for a natural science lesson on turtles, tortoises and the Missouri River. Bring your camera to learn about nature photography, and then make a scrapbook to share all your memories. Meet at the Resource and Education Center for all programs. All ages are welcome. At 10 a.m., meet the park’s resident turtles and tortoises and learn the differences between the two species. Bring your own camera to learn how to properly take …

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Mountain Lion Harvested in Dakota County

LINCOLN – An 89-pound female mountain lion was harvested on the morning of Nov. 17 in Dakota County. This is the second mountain lion harvested in the Prairie Unit, which has been open since Jan. 1. Mountain lion hunting is open in the Prairie Unit until the end of the year. All other mountain lion units are closed at this time. For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s mountain lion web page …

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Game and Parks to Release Pheasants at Nine Wildlife Management Areas

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will release rooster pheasants at nine wildlife management areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The nine areas include: Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County), and Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County). Wilkinson and Peru Bottoms are non-toxic shot only, but otherwise all normal regulations apply. The pheasants will …

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Public Invited to Meetings About Niobrara River Studies

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the public to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River. Game and Parks will present information from the six studies it has completed about the function and values of the river. Those studies include the science behind the water levels in the river; the economic and social values of recreation on the river; the economic and social values of the river for agricultural, industrial and municipal uses; and …

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Birders Get Unique Opportunity at Lake Minatare

LINCOLN – The public will have a unique opportunity for viewing birds during an event at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area on Dec. 6. Employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will lead a viewing program at the lake, which has restricted access this time of year. Bald eagles and a wide variety of waterfowl species may be in the area. Participants may arrive at the lighthouse any time after 9 a.m. and …

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Mahoney State Park to Host Thanksgiving Buffet

LINCOLN – Share a Thanksgiving buffet Nov. 27 with friends and family at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park’s Mahoney Grille. The menu includes prime rib, maple sugar glazed ham, roasted turkey, fresh fruit and cheese, bread, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans and cranberries. There also will be a salad bar and dessert station. The buffet will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $19.99 for adults and $7.99 for children ages 3-12. Children …

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Holiday Decorating with Nature is Workshop Topic

LINCOLN – A free workshop at Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering will help participants use items found in nature to make their holidays more festive. “Decorating Nature” will be Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. MST. Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, will provide instruction for creating festive ornaments from items found in nature. On the list of projects are bird feeders, including those constructed in garland fashion. Some of the creations from the workshop …

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