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Rekindle Winter Traditions at Ponca State Park’s Winterfest

LINCOLN – Rekindle winter family traditions or create new ones during the Winterfest at Ponca State Park. Scheduled for Saturdays Nov. 30 through Feb. 28, activities are free and open to the public. Each Saturday from Nov. 30 through Dec. 28 at the Resource and Education Center there will be crafts and activities from 10 a.m.-noon, cookie decorating from 1-2 p.m., classic holiday movies shown from 2-4 p.m., and hayrack rides from 5-6 p.m. Special events scheduled in December include …

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Game and Parks Produces Videos for Waterfowl Hunters

LINCOLN – Waterfowling Nebraska is a new series of six instructional videos produced by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for its YouTube channel. The series targets intermediate waterfowlers who want to take their hunting to a higher level. The series has videos on duck decoy spread, pond blind concealment, calling Canada geese, ghillie suits, layout boat blinds, and field layout blinds. View the videos at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/waterfowl/waterfowl-hunting-tips-video.asp. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/NGPCvideo to view all videos on Game and Parks’ YouTube channel.

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Platte River SP Shooting Range Open Nov. 30-Dec. 1

LINCOLN – Shooting sports enthusiasts can bring their families and friends to Platte River State Park (SP) over Thanksgiving weekend to learn new skills or sharpen old ones. The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex will be open to the public Nov. 30-Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The shooting sports range includes facilities for rimfire firearm, shotgun, archery, pellet gun and slingshot. Equipment is provided, although customers may bring their own. Those who bring their own equipment must …

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Deer Meetings Scheduled Across Nebraska in December

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites hunters and landowners to attend a public informational meeting to discuss deer issues. Meetings are scheduled in each Game and Parks district. Each meeting begins at 7 p.m. Game and Parks biologists will explain and take questions on various topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy management and diseases. Antelope and elk issues also may be discussed. The meeting schedule is: Dec. 3 – Burwell, Calamus …

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Game and Parks Announces Archery on Fire Promotion

LINCOLN – Archery is gaining popularity in Nebraska and across the nation. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Nov. 18 launched its Archery on Fire promotion to grow archery as an outdoor activity. It also has scheduled a shooting event Dec. 7. Archery on Fire builds upon the popularity of The Hunger Games books and movies. The first book in the trilogy was published in 2008. The second movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be released Nov. 21. …

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Chemical Treatment at Pawnee Targets Unwanted Fish

LINCOLN – A chemical was applied at Pawnee Lake in an attempt to remove unwanted white perch and gizzard shad from the fish population, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Rotenone typically is used to eliminate all fish from a body of water; however, a lower concentration of the chemical was applied Nov. 12-13 at Pawnee Lake. The chemical was applied in locations where white perch and gizzard shad, which compete with young sport fish, were concentrated. While …

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Bow Hunter Education Instructor Training Scheduled in Elba

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice bow hunter education instructors Dec. 13 in Elba. The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Elba Community Center, 519 12th St. Registration is required by Dec. 12. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov or visit huntsafenebraska.org.

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Eugene T. Mahoney State Park to Host Cornucopia of Crafts

LINCOLN – Explore the world of crafts at Cornucopia of Crafts, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland. Crafts and activities will be available for men, women and children at Peter Kiewit Lodge. Craft vendors will include home décor, jewelry, chainsaw carvings, lawn art, pottery, jerky, taxidermy and woodwork. Face painting will be available for children. Event hours are 2-8 p.m. on Nov. 29, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 30, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. …

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Game and Parks Has Safety Reminders for Deer Hunters

LINCOLN – With the November firearm deer season nearing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has several reminders for keeping hunters safe. Deer hunters should: — wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on his or her head, chest and back. This is required for any person hunting deer during the Nov. 16-24 firearm deer season, including archers. — never allow the muzzle of their firearm to be pointed at something they do not intend to shoot. — …

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Several State Fishing Records Certified

LINCOLN – Several Nebraska fishing records have been certified since July, including two by archer Ryan Reynolds of Lexington. The first was a 2-ounce alewife he arrowed July 22 at Elwood Reservoir in Gosper County. The second was a 3-pound, 9-ounce smallmouth bass taken Aug. 10 at Phillips Canyon Reservoir, also in Gosper County. Three other archery records have been set. Josh Kern of Fremont took a 40-pound, 13-ounce blue catfish July 11 in the Platte River in Dodge County. …

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