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Dick Bell Appointed Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner

LINCOLN – Gov. Dave Heineman today announced the appointment of Dick Bell of Omaha to the Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners. Bell will represent District 2, which encompasses Douglas County. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the passing of long-time Commissioner Ron Stave of Omaha. Bell will serve the remainder of the term on the nine-person board through January 2016. “I am honored to serve as a Commissioner for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission,” Bell said. …

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Platte River State Park Plans Free Family Holiday Activities

LINCOLN – Make a gingerbread house, take a holiday hayrack ride or search for the yule log at Platte River State Park (SP) this weekend. Platte River SP will offer a variety of traditional holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. From then until 4 p.m., families are invited to make gingerbread houses, birdhouses, Christmas cards and holiday ornaments. Santa will make an appearance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At 4 p.m., teams of three or …

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Nebraska Bald Eagle Nest Numbers Flat in 2013

LINCOLN – The number of recorded active bald eagle nests in Nebraska held more or less steady from 2012 to 2013, dropping by just one nest. In 2013, 102 active nests were recorded in Nebraska, down from 103 the year before. The flat numbers came as a surprise to those who track the state’s bald eagle population – the number of active bald eagle nests has increased each year since 1991 when the first active nest in a century was …

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Prescribed Burns Scheduled for Chadron SP, Wildcat Hills SRA

LINCOLN – Employees of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin burning slash piles at Chadron State Park (SP) and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (SRA) beginning Dec. 16. The slash piles at Chadron SP were created throughout 2013, as crews cleaned up trees burned during the 2012 wildfires there. The slash piles at Wildcat Hills SRA were created during forest management projects in 2009. Crews will burn the slash piles as weather permits through April 30. The burns …

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Meet Santa at Mahoney State Park Dec. 14-15

LINCOLN – Bring the family to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on Dec. 14-15 and celebrate a Classic Christmas. Meet Santa Claus and get a free photo taken with him by a NEBRASKAland Magazine photographer. Santa will be at Peter Kiewit Lodge on Dec. 14 from 1-5 p.m. and at the Mahoney Grille Restaurant on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. On Dec. 14 from 1-5 p.m., visitors can decorate cookies and ornaments, or make greeting cards for overseas troops. …

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Eight Hunters Rescued from Boats on Freezing Missouri River

LINCOLN – Eight hunters and a dog were rescued by helicopter from two boats stranded in the rapidly freezing Missouri River just east of Santee on Thursday. There were no injuries. A Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) helicopter from its Aviation Support Division in Lincoln pulled the hunters from the boats two at a time by mid-afternoon. There were four hunters in each boat. The boats had been blocked by ice in the river, and attempts by Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Game and Parks to Host Free Archery Event Dec. 7 at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN – A free day of archery shooting is scheduled for Dec. 7 at Platte River State Park’s Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Prizes and free food will be available. This event, part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Archery on Fire promotion, is open to all ages and experience levels. Equipment will be provided for this event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering …

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Firearm Deer Harvest Down 21 Percent from 2012

LINCOLN – Total firearm deer harvest for the nine-day 2013 November firearm season was 36,882, a 21 percent decline from 2012. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission eliminated approximately 87,000 permits and bonus tags in 2013 in response to the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) outbreak of 2012. A significant reduction in harvest was expected. Harvest totals by Game and Parks district are: Northeast, 9,290; Northwest, 5,705; Southeast, 7,457; and Southwest, 14,430. Details of harvest by sex, species and unit are …

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Game and Parks Awards Nine Outdoor Recreation Marketing Grants

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has awarded nine grants totaling $100,000 in the 2013-2014 Outdoor Recreation Marketing Grant Program. The program is for communities, groups, organizations, public-private partnerships, nongovernment agencies or political subdivisions in need of help in promoting outdoor recreation. The grant awards are: — Dawes County Travel Board, Northwest Identity and Map, $3,787; — Fort Atkinson Foundation, Fort Atkinson Sign Enhancement Project, $14,910; — Kearney Visitors Bureau, 2013 Crane Watch Marketing Campaign, $17,400; — Kearney …

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December Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in December: Dec. 1 – Cornucopia of Crafts, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-944-2523 Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens Dec. 1, 21-22, 26-30 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex open to public, Platte River SP, Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-471-5547 Dec. 1-31 – Antlerless elk hunting season Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer …

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