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Pressey WMA Closed to Target Shooting on Oct. 25-26

LINCOLN – The shooting range at Pressey Wildlife Management Area will be temporarily closed during the opening weekend of pheasant season, Oct. 25-26. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is concerned for the safety of hunters in this area. Many hunters are expected to hunt the prime upland game habitat south of the shooting range. The parking lot near the shooting range will remain open to hunters, but target shooting will be prohibited. Pressey is located 5 miles north of …

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Dutch Oven Workshop in Lincoln on Oct. 30

LINCOLN – Women are invited to discover ways to prepare outdoor meals at a Dutch oven cooking workshop Oct. 30 at Lincoln’s Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center. The 6 p.m. workshop, part of the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman series, is open to women age 16 and older. The fee is $15. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The education center is located at 4703 N. 44th St. Contact Julia Plugge at 402-471-6009 or julia.plugge@nebraska.gov. -30-

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Ponca State Park’s Hallowfest Proceeds Go Back to Community

Ponca State Park’s 16th Annual Hallowfest enjoyed beautiful fall weather this past Saturday, October 18. Crafts and activities were enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. The park’s main attraction, Haunted Hayrack rides, pulled in over 900 guests. Proceeds from the rides were given back to the surrounding communities through: Ponca Fire and Rescue, Allen Consolidated School’s Junior Class, Ponca High School’s “One Act” group, and the Ponca Honor Society. The event’s famous pumpkin rolling contest had three age …

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Dutch Oven Program Set at Wildcat Hills SRA

Those looking to take a traditional approach to cooking a delicious meal in the outdoors are encouraged to sign up for an upcoming program at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area of Gering. Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist, will present the “Lovin’ Dutch Oven” program Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 24. Filipi will demonstrate the age-old process of using Dutch ovens, cast iron pots …

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Soldiers Point the Way at Fort Atkinson SHP

By Julie Ashton, Friends of Fort Atkinson If you have driven into Fort Calhoun lately, you’ll notice a few new soldiers standing on the north and south sides of town. These soldiers, made of iron and painted to look 3-dimensional, are part of an effort to bring additional recognition to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and help brand the area as a “fort” town. A plan was laid out that would involve the Commission, the Fort, the City of Fort …

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Motorists Must Use Caution to Avoid Deer-Vehicle Collisions

LINCOLN – Deer are more active this time of the fall, when crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has tips to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle accidents and lessen the risk of personal injury or vehicle damage. — During the breeding season, bucks become more active searching for does with which to breed. Bucks are bolder, less wary and more susceptible to collisions with vehicles. Deer movement peaks each …

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Follow These Steps to Tree Stand Safety

LINCOLN – A tree stand is a basic tool of many deer hunters. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges hunters to use the stands safely in order to have a memorable and successful hunt. Most tree stand accidents are caused by carelessness and can be avoided by following these tips: — Wear a full-body harness and attach yourself to the tree from the time you are on the ground before climbing into the stand, until you are back on …

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Public Access Atlas Updates Available Online

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that updates to the Public Access Atlas are available online. It also recommends hunters check for updates before heading out to hunt on properties. The atlas is an annual publication that includes information on land enrolled in the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) program, which allows private land to be open to hunters and anglers for walk-in access. It also provides information on public state and federal lands open to …

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Public Encouraged to Report Whooping Crane Sightings

LINCOLN – The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings. Information on crane sightings is used to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts. Report any sightings to Game and Parks (402-471-0641), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (308-382-6468, ext. 10), or The Crane Trust’s Whooper Watch hotline (1-888-399-2824). Emails may be submitted …

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Enjoy Autumn Activities in State Parks

LINCOLN – Create a family tradition of celebrating autumn in one of Nebraska’s state parks. Parks statewide have planned events to help families enjoy the fall. Halloween events, including pumpkin carving, costume contests and haunted hayrack rides are scheduled throughout October at Eugene T. Mahoney, Platte River and Ponca state parks. Go back in time with living history events Oct. 18 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (SHP) and Oct. 19 at Arbor Lodge SHP. Call Rock Creek for …

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