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Improvements completed at Whitney Lake boat launch

Boat ramp expansion

CHADRON, Neb. — Boaters at Whitney Lake Wildlife Management Area should have an easier time getting on and off the water thanks to improvements at the lake’s launching site. The Whitney Lake Fishing Club collaborated with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to widen the lake’s 150-foot concrete boat ramp and replace its dilapidated dock with a new model. Because of Whitney Lake’s role as an irrigation reservoir, the seasonal rise and fall of its water level had long posed …

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Take a pledge on National Hunting and Fishing Day

LINCOLN, Neb. – Since 1971, National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day has recognized America’s hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. This year, NHF Day has added a challenge. Richard Childress, honorary chair of NHF Day, is challenging hunters and anglers to pledge to take someone hunting, fishing or shooting by Sept. 23, which is National Hunting and Fishing Day. NHF Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains an effective grassroots effort to promote …

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Public meeting scheduled Oct. 5 for Valentine NWR fisheries

LINCOLN, Neb. – A public informational meeting regarding the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge fisheries will be held Oct. 5 in Valentine. The meeting, hosted by the refuge and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20. Presentations will be given on improvements over the past several years, ongoing fish management surveys, fish populations for individual lakes, plans to eradicate common carp, and proposed future fisheries management actions. …

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Haunted Trail is Oct. 21 at Branched Oak SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 for the Haunted Trail, a family Halloween event Oct. 21 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area. The Haunted Trail is a spooky 1,000-foot walk along a trail through hilly terrain and a wooded area. This will take place from 7-10 p.m. on the east end of Area 1. Tickets are $5 (children under age 3 are free) and available only at the park office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission receives national attention for GIS program

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was recently honored with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award by Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system software. The Commission is one of only 180 organizations selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates around the world to receive this special recognition. This special award recognizes the Commission’s outstanding collections of maps, applications and, in particular, its open data portal, which makes authoritative GIS data available to the public …

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Special enforcement aimed at reducing accidents on SRAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted special enforcement patrols during the summer on state recreation areas in Lancaster County. These efforts were designed to help ensure users have a safe and enjoyable experience on Commission-managed areas. Enforcement efforts aimed to reduce serious and fatal vehicle and boat accidents resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence, three for boating under the influence, 23 citations for drug possession, four for driving during suspension, …

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Outdoor programs designed for homeschool, preschool students

GERING, Neb. – Homeschool and preschool students will learn about the great outdoors with a nine-month series of free educational programs getting underway at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center this month. The programs will tackle a new topic each month with age-appropriate material. Programs for homeschool students will be the second Tuesday of each month and a program of a similar topic will be presented for preschool students the following day. Amanda Filipi, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education …

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Warm weather means continuing dove opportunities

LINCOLN, Neb. – With warm temperatures stretching into mid-September, there are still opportunities for dove hunting in Nebraska. Cold fronts tend to spur migratory doves to move through Nebraska, said Jeff Lusk, upland game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The warm temperatures that Nebraska has experienced recently have likely encouraged migratory mourning and white-winged doves to stay a bit longer. Those hunting doves should take care to hunt safely and legally: — It is unlawful to …

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Liberalized fishing regulations declared for Stagecoach Reservoir

LINCOLN, Neb. – Stagecoach Reservoir will be drawn down this fall for the construction of a new boat launch facility. In addition, the fishery will be renovated and a public salvage will be allowed. A 10-foot drawn-down will allow for the construction of a new, lighted boat ramp, gravel kayak launch, and a new breakwater to protect the ramp and increase access for shoreline anglers. Stagecoach’s fishery has been degraded by the presence of common carp and gizzard shad. The …

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Game and Parks reminds pet owners to be vigilant against coyotes

LINCOLN, Neb. – Owners of small pets are reminded to be vigilant to protect them from possible coyote encounters. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission suggests people should haze coyotes away whenever possible to keep them wild and afraid of humans. The following steps will help keep pets safe: — Do not approach or feed a coyote or other wildlife. — Do not leave pet food outside. — Keep pets on a leash, and do not let them roam at …

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