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$5 Youth Permits for Deer and Turkey

If a child is not exposed to hunting in his childhood, he or she most likely won’t pursue it as an adult. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aims to making hunting affordable to any youth interested in hunting through its innovative $5 youth permit program. For just $5, hunters ages 15 and under can buy a turkey or deer permit in Nebraska — regardless of residency. Furthermore, hunters age 11 and younger are not required to complete firearm/bow hunter …

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Game and Parks Offices Will Close on Upcoming Holidays

LINCOLN – All Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will be closed Oct. 13 for Columbus Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. The closures include Game and Parks headquarters in Lincoln, district offices in Norfolk, North Platte and Alliance, service centers in Bassett and Kearney, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and the Omaha office. The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be open on both holidays.

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Fall Trout Stockings Scheduled

LINCOLN – Catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in October to enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple feet above the hook and a bobber a couple of feet above the …

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Final Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s final Living History event of the 2014 season will be held October 4 and 5. Visitors will witness this 1820’s Military Post come alive as volunteer interpreters portray the daily activities of soldiers and civilians as they prepare for the upcoming winter. In addition to normal activities portrayed, such as military demonstrations, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, coopering, carpentry and textile trades, Omaha’s Old Dominion Dance group will present three period-style dances on Saturday, and on Sunday, Matt …

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Nature Palooza to bring the great outdoors to UNL’s East Campus

LINCOLN – Explore a snake pit, watch a live animal show, hold giant insects, learn how to make fishing lures and more during NaturePalooza, a free annual event designed to teach kids and families about nature through a variety of hands-on activities. This year’s NaturePalooza will take place at Hardin Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus on Sept. 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Other activities slated for the event include demonstrations on bats, bicycle repair, composting, …

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October Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October: Oct. 1 – Crow hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season Oct. 3 – Dad’s Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141 Oct. 3-5 – ATV Jamboree, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 308-284-8800 Oct. 3-5 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, Nebraska National Forest, Halsey Oct. 4 – Duck …

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Reminder of Change to Bowhunter Education

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29. Hunters ages 12 and 29 who hunt deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow or a crossbow must carry with them proof of certification of a bowhunter education course. In addition, hunters ages 12 through 29 who hunt anything …

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo Celebrates 10th Year

LINCOLN – The Missouri River Outdoor Expo, a huge annual event showcasing outdoor activities of all types, will mark its 10th anniversary Sept. 20-21 at Ponca State Park. Several new events and attractions are on tap this year. Among them are the Grunt, Gobble and Growl Contest, in which contestants vie for prizes by giving their best impression of any animal they choose. Game and Parks’ new 6,000-gallon mobile aquarium, which debuted at the Nebraska State Fair in August, will …

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Iowa Man Cited for Shooting Mountain Lion

LINCOLN – A 23-year-old Iowa man has been cited for shooting a mountain lion out of season near Crawford on the evening of Sept. 6. The man was hunting deer with archery equipment from a tree stand on Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Dawes County when the incident occurred. He reported shooting the lion to the Dawes County Sherriff’s Department that night. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials immediately responded to the scene and recovered the carcass at about …

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Hunters Should Be Aware of Possible Toxic Blue-Green Algae

LINCOLN – Hunters around Olive Creek State Recreation Area should be aware of a report that a dog swimming in the lake recently has died. The cause of death is unconfirmed, but it is suspected that ingestion of toxic blue-green algae might be the cause of death. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality took a water sample at the lake on Sept. 5. Results are expected within a week. Olive Creek, located in Lancaster County, is not one of the …

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