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Spring’s arrival brings fresh opportunities to enjoy Mahoney State Park beginning March 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – As spring arrives, celebrate by enjoying fresh opportunities for seasonal fun at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP). For a more laid-back experience, bring the family to Peter Kiewit Lodge, which offers 40 guest rooms and a great view of the Platte River. Stop by to observe the spring migration, see wildlife feeding near the building and to enjoy an excellent meal at the park’s restaurant, Caddy’s Parkside Grill. In celebration of spring’s return, the park entry …

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March outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in March. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. March 1 – Hunter Education New Instructor Training, Nebraska Shooters, Firth March 1-14 – Archery paddlefish permit application period March 2 – Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey workshop, YMCA of the Prairie, Holdrege March 2, 9, 16 – Marsh Madness, …

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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this spring

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked in city ponds, park lakes, and other waters across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning in March. 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 of feet above the hook and a bobber …

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Schoolyard Bioblitz workshop April 27 at Schramm Education Center

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Schoolyard Bioblitz workshop for formal and informal educators will be held at Schramm Education Center on April 27. This workshop, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will inform about citizen science, facilitating Bioblitz events, using iNaturalist in the classroom, and resources available for educators. A Bioblitz is a collaborative survey of the different species found within a defined area during a certain timeframe. It allows students to practice fieldwork, data collection, and the chance to learn …

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Bighorn sheep captured in the Panhandle

Releasing sheep

CHADRON, Neb. — Bighorn sheep in the Panhandle are sporting some new hardware this week thanks to the work of a helicopter capture crew, wildlife professionals and volunteers. South Dakota State University joined the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in capturing and processing a total of 48 sheep Monday and Tuesday — 22 in the Wildcat Hills near McGrew and 26 at three locations in the Pine Ridge near Chadron and Crawford. Wildlife professionals have ramped up monitoring efforts in …

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Nebraska Upland Slam succeeds in getting hunters afield

LINCOLN, Neb. – The inaugural Nebraska Upland Slam gave more than 200 hunters a reason to take advantage of Nebraska’s top-notch mixed-bag hunting opportunities. The Nebraska Upland Slam, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska chapter of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, challenged hunters to harvest all four of Nebraska’s primary upland gamebird species, including ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chickens and northern bobwhites. In all, 140 hunters – ranging in age from 13 to 75 years …

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Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey workshops scheduled

LINCOLN, Neb. – Prepare for the upcoming hunting season by attending one of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey workshops. The events are designed for individuals with limited experience and are ideal for those wanting to expand into turkey hunting. Topics will include strategies, equipment, biology and much more to increase a hunter’s confidence and success. The workshop schedule is: March 2 – Holdrege, YMCA of the Prairie, 1415 Broadway St., 1-3 p.m. March 26 …

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Sample wine, cheese, venison at BOW/NWTF event

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women are invited to spend an afternoon sampling wine, cheese and venison at the Vineyards and Venison event March 3 at Ashland. This event for ages 21 and above is at Cellar 426 Wines and Vines, 1402 Dennis Dean Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $25. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and the National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors are hosting the event, which also teaches participants how to make charcuterie boards. Register at …

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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman firearm cleaning workshop cancelled

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Becoming an Outdoors-Woman firearm cleaning workshop scheduled for Feb. 17 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center has been cancelled. Organizers cancelled the class, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., in Lincoln, because of low sign-up and a forecast of poor weather. The class will not be rescheduled. A list of other upcoming Becoming an Outdoors-Woman events is available online at OutdoorNebraska.gov/BOW. -30-

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Witness spring migration wonders at Ponca State Park’s Marsh Madness

LINCOLN, Neb. – Experience the height of spring migration during Marsh Madness at Ponca State Park (SP). Located on the Missouri River, Ponca SP presents a significant flyway for migratory birds, and has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as an “Important Bird Area.” Common springtime sightings include pintail courtship displays and whirlwinds of snow geese, white-fronted geese, wood ducks and other species. Visitors may view the birds during guided Avian Adventure Blind Viewing Sessions or on unguided tours. …

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