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Students Invited to Sensory Safari 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lincoln Children’s Zoo and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invite students to Sensory Safari 2013 on Wednesday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designed for students with disabilities, visitors will have the opportunity to touch, feel, hear and smell at interpretative stations located throughout the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. “An integral part of our mission at the Commission is to help all Nebraskans appreciate their roles in the natural world through outreach and quality …

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Mountain Lion Permit to be Auctioned at Nebraska Big Game Society Meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Interested parties will have an opportunity to bid on a 2014 Nebraska Pine Ridge Unit mountain lion auction permit Wednesday, October 16 at the Nebraska Big Game Society Fall Meeting and Auction. The event will be held at Mahoney State Park Lodge beginning at 6 p.m. Featured speaker, Sam Wilson, will present “Mountain Lions in Nebraska” at 7 p.m. The auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. The auction will include one 2014 Nebraska Pine Ridge Unit mountain …

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October Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – 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. 1-10 – River Antlerless deer hunting season for legal firearms, but not Season Choice, landowner or youth permits Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season Oct. 4-6 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camp, Halsey, 402-471-5482 Oct. 5 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 402-944-2523 Oct. 5 – …

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Angell Elected 2013-14 NASBLA President

LINCOLN, Neb. – Herb Angell, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Boating Law Administrator, was recently elected as the 53rd President of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) during closing ceremonies at the NASBLA annual Conference in Boise, ID. Elected to the NASBLA Executive Board in 2009, he was voted NASBLA Vice-President in 2012-2013. Angell has also served on the Northern Association of Boating Administrators (NABA) Education Committee, Law Enforcement Committee and Executive Board and was elected as …

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Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Step back in time at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park for the final Living History event of the season on Oct. 5-6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The public is invited to view life as it was during the occupation of the 1820’s military post as volunteer interpreters portray the varied aspects of early American life on the frontier including demonstrations of blacksmithing, coopering, carpentry, cooking and tinsmithing. On Saturday, Oct. 5, a presentation …

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Park Events Reinstated at Fort Atkinson, Alexandria; Sandy Channel and Long Pine will Remain Open

LINCOLN, Neb. – Communities in Nebraska continue to rally around their state park areas to reinstate events and delay temporary closures. The Candlelight Tour on Nov. 2 is back on the calendar at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) near Fort Calhoun. Alexandria State Recreation Area (SRA) near Fairbury will remain open through Oct. 20 to accommodate a Halloween event Oct. 18-19. Community volunteers will also keep Sandy Channel and Long Pine SRAs open. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission …

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Nebraska City Leaders Keep Arbor Lodge Events on Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The living history events are back on the schedule at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park this fall. Nebraska City civic leaders have reached an agreement with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to provide resources and funding necessary to stage these and other events. The popular living history events, in which volunteers portray life at Arbor Lodge in period costumes, are scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. In addition, the Enchanted Arboretum …

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Outdoor Recreationists Should Stay Away from Flood Waters

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) urge outdoor recreationists to stay away from standing or moving flood waters in western and central Nebraska. Game and Parks officers rescued a man from the South Platte River west of Big Springs on Sept. 18. Joseph Schneiderwind, 48, of Conifer, Colo., and his brother, Mike Schneiderwind, 54, of Castle Rock, Colo., had launched a canoe on the swollen river. The canoe capsized in …

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Game and Parks Urges Hunters Use Approved Tree Stand Equipment

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tree stand use by hunters in Nebraska is on the rise. So is the number of injuries from the use of tree stands. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages people who hunt from an elevated stand to use a full body harness/fall-arrest system approved by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA). Injuries can occur when a hunter falls out of a tree stand or slips while climbing into or out of one. Mike Streeter, hunter education coordinator …

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Father Hupp WMA to Close Temporarily for Renovation

LINCOLN, Neb. – Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area in Thayer County will close temporarily for a wetland renovation and development project, effective immediately. The area will close for all public activity, including hunting, and appropriate signage will be installed. The area is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Oct. 21, 2013, depending on the progress of construction activities. The enhancement of this wetland area will greatly increase its use by migratory waterfowl and provide more hunting opportunities.

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