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Hunter Education Instructors Recognized

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is honoring volunteer hunter education instructors who have provided training of novice hunters for at least 20 years. The following instructors, with years of service, are being recognized in June and July, and each will receive a certificate and gift from an area conservation officer: 22 Years – Dale G. DeLamotte, Doniphan; Gary E. Howey, Hartington. 21 Years – Robert L. Brammeier, Sterling; Jill L. Dahl, Grand Island; John J. Eskins …

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Crop Stubble Program Website Available

LINCOLN, Neb. – Landowners can learn more about the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program at www.stubbleforwildlife.com. They then have until June 14 to enroll in the program that pays them for keeping their wheat and milo stubble tall during the coming harvest. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is enrolling tall wheat and milo stubble into the program for three years. The program is offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, …

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Reinke Wins State 3-D Archery Tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Evan Reinke of Davenport scored 404 of a possible 440 points to win the Nebraska High School 3-D Archery Tournament June 8 in Norfolk. He captured the senior compound title along the way. The competition consists of an archer shooting at one or two different 3-D animal targets at each of 20 stations. The event was held at the Norfolk Archery Range. Sixty-two youths competed. Grant Brussen of Randolph was the senior traditional champion with 345 points. …

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Deadline Extended for Crop Stubble Incentives

LINCOLN, Neb. – The deadline has been extended to June 14 for landowners who wish to enroll in a program that pays them for keeping their wheat and milo stubble tall during the coming harvest. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is enrolling tall wheat and milo stubble into the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program for three years. The program is being offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican, …

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Angler Access Projects Completed at Valentine NWR

LINCOLN, Neb. – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have completed angler access improvements at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge in Cherry County. Improvements were made for fishing access on four of the refuge’s nine lakes open to fishing. Clear Lake – The existing sand and rock boat ramp was replaced with a 70-foot concrete ramp extending into the lake. Also added was a removable 60-foot steel dock that is accessible for …

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National Survey Will Explore Dove Hunter Opinions

LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Nebraska dove hunters will be asked to participate in the National Dove Hunter Survey. Hunters will begin seeing surveys in the mail later in June. The national survey will ask dove hunters to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics will include learning about hunter characteristics, time spent hunting, hunters’ perceived constraints to hunting, and thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife. Only a random …

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Regulations Restrict Movement of Some Collected Baitfish

LINCOLN, Neb. – With growing concerns over aquatic invasive species, new regulations are in place to restrict the movement of baitfish collected in eastern Nebraska. It is now illegal for an individual or bait dealer to transport away from the Missouri River any baitfish collected on the Missouri downstream of Gavins Point Dam and all other rivers and streams east of U.S. Highway 81 from the South Dakota border to York, north of Interstate 80 from York to Lincoln and …

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Johnson Lake SRA to Host Craft Fair on June 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – Johnson Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) south of Lexington is hosting its Craft Fair on June 8. Approximately 30 vendors will be showing and selling their items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main park entrance in the campground overflow area. Contact the SRA for more information at 308-785-2685 or ngpc.johnson.lake@nebraska.gov. A park entry permit is required.

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Bugs and Bones Weekend is June 15-16 at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ponca State Park invites the public to explore the arthropods and archeology of that part of northeast Nebraska during Bugs and Bones Weekend, June 15-16. The annual event features hands-on activities for all ages, including fossil digs, educational hikes, crafts and hayrack rides. On June 15, a Dino Hunt Archery Shoot for ages 8 and older will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $1 for six arrows. Observe a retired paleontologist chip …

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Water for Food Exhibit Open at Lake McConaughy SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The new Water for Food exhibit is open at the Visitor and Water Interpretive Center at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) near Ogallala. “Visitors to the new exhibit will understand how advances in science and technology, as well as legislative policy, have shaped dry-land and irrigated agriculture in an effort to find sustainability between feeding the world and conserving water for future generations,” said Colby Johnson, Lake McConaughy SRA superintendent. The Center, built in 1999, is …

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