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Hunters Must Know Blaze Orange Requirements

LINCOLN – Wearing blaze orange while hunting this fall is the key to safely being seen by other hunters and seeing them. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission requires hunters to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on their head, chest and back when: — Hunting turkeys during the November firearm deer season (Nov. 16-24). — Hunting deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with a firearm permit during a firearm season. — Hunting deer with archery equipment …

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Hunters Helping the Hungry Program Encourages Deer Donations

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds deer hunters that they may donate deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program at any of 21 contracted meat processors. Game and Parks, not hunters, pays processing costs for donated deer. Processors will accept only deer in good condition that can yield a good volume of pure ground venison. The ground venison is distributed to Nebraskans in need through local charitable organizations. Hunters Helping the Hungry funds can pay to …

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Father Hupp WMA Reopens to Public Use

LINCOLN – Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area in Thayer County has reopened to public use following the completion of a wetland renovation and development project. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be reseeding the bermed dikes and islands. The enhancement of this wetland area, located 2 miles west of Bruning, will greatly increase its use by migratory waterfowl and provide more hunting opportunities.

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Game and Parks Offers Reminders for Pheasant Hunters

LINCOLN – Upland bird hunters will be enjoying the pheasant season with friends and family this fall. The season runs Oct. 26-Jan. 31, 2014. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has the following reminders so hunters have a fun and safe experience: — It is illegal to hunt or shoot from any public roadway, bridge or right-of-way. — It is illegal to hunt on private property without first obtaining permission. — It is illegal to hunt within 100 yards (200 …

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Participation in Special Youth Pheasant Hunts Up Sharply

LINCOLN – Youth participation in Nebraska’s special youth pheasant hunts has increased 77 percent since the program began in 2011 and 42 percent since last year. In 2013, 392 youth participated, compared to 276 in 2012 and 222 in 2011. The goal of the program is to increase youth participation in upland game hunting by providing them an opportunity to experience a successful hunt. This program allows youth ages 15 and younger to hunts at nine wildlife management areas (WMA) …

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Game and Parks Offices Closed for Veterans Day

LINCOLN – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices – except for the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna – will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The aquarium is located at 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31. Game and Parks offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Kearney, North Platte, Alliance and Bassett will be closed but will reopen Nov. 12.

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Walgren Lake SRA Temporarily Closed to Waterfowl Hunting

LINCOLN – Walgren Lake State Recreation Area in Sheridan County has been temporarily closed to waterfowl hunting, effective immediately, because of the intentional placement of grain on private property, creating an area of influence for waterfowl. Nebraska and federal laws do not allow the hunting of waterfowl on or over a baited area. Waterfowl hunting may resume 10 days after the bait is gone from the area.

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November Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in November: Nov. 1 – November Late Doe/Fawn antelope hunting season opens Nov. 1 – Hunting and trapping seasons open for raccoon, Virginia opossum, long-tailed weasel, mink, red fox, gray fox and badger Nov. 1 – Muskrat and beaver trapping seasons open Nov. 1 – Most 2014 annual permits and stamps available for purchase at OutdoorNebraska.org Nov. 2 – Candlelight Tour, Fort Atkinson …

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Hunter Education Instructor Training Scheduled

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice firearm hunter education instructors Nov. 5 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, and Nov. 7 at the Hunter Education Office, 4817 N. 56th St., Lincoln. The three-hour workshops begin at 6 p.m. Register for the Gretna workshop by Nov. 4 or the Lincoln workshop by Nov. 6. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov or visit huntsafenebraska.org.

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