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Public urged to leave wildlife babies alone

LINCOLN, Neb. — Seeing young wild animals, such as deer, possums, ducks, rabbits and song birds, alone is common this time of year. Though the inclination may be to intervene, the best choice is to leave the animal alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: BIRDS: Young non-feathered birds and nests with eggs discovered on the ground should be placed back in the tree. Baby birds covered in feathers found on …

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Gray wolf confirmed in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Genetic testing results recently confirmed a large canine killed Jan. 28, 2021, near Ueling, was a gray wolf. The female wolf had been legally shot by coyote hunters, who contacted the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Genetic testing showed the animal originated from a population of wolves found in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. “This is the third confirmed instance of wolf presence in Nebraska since the early 1900’s,” said Sam Wilson, Game and Parks Furbearer and Carnivore …

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Commission to consider deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2021 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it meets April 20 in Kearney. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the North Loper Room of the Holiday Inn, 110 2nd Ave. A public hearing is scheduled for proposed amendments to Commission orders pertaining to season dates, bag limits, permit quantities and areas open for deer, antelope and elk hunting. Staff will recommend deer permit increases …

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New anglers, do you have everything you need?

By Jerry Kane Nebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. – Consider this scenario: You are an angler new to the sport and go out fishing on your own. You have a license, rod-and-reel combo and some tackle. What else do you need? Depending on the regulations of the lake, an angler has two choices to consider when fishing: to keep some fish, or to release fish. To harvest, or to catch and release are decisions that play a role …

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Take ’em Fishing to share love of the sport

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Catching fish is fun and addicting. The more fish you catch, the more you want to keep fishing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages experienced anglers to share that feeling and introduce people to fishing in the third year of Take ’em Fishing. Experienced anglers who participate will know they’ve introduced someone to an activity they can enjoy for a lifetime, while also sharing their love of the sport. “Most everyone who loves to fish learned …

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Duck hunters will choose from two bag limits this year

LINCOLN, Neb. — Duck hunters in Nebraska and South Dakota will choose between two daily bag limits — two tiers of limits — before waterfowl season this year. The new “two-tier” duck hunting regulations recently adopted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and allows hunters to select between Tier I or Tier II when they register for their Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Tier I is the current traditional six-duck limit with species and sex restrictions. Tier II is a …

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Long Pine SRA to temporarily close to public for tree removal

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Long Pine State Recreation Area will be closed to the public between April 11-18 for cedar tree removal. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin removing and grinding trees near the park’s nearly 30 campsites, then will continue working to remove cedars across the 153-acre tract in north central Nebraska’s Brown County. The effort will improve the recreation area that offers camping, fishing, hiking and an archery range to guests. Closed signs will be posted at the …

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Weigand Campground services temporarily limited at Lewis and Clark SRA

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area near Crofton will have reduced services at Weigand Campground while the sewer lift station is replaced. The lift work is tentatively scheduled to be completed by May 16. Park guests can still camp at the Weigand Campground and will have access to electric hookup with nearby water; however, the comfort station and camper dump station are closed. Those campers can use the dump station and shower facility in Burbach Campground, on …

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Road construction to begin at Chadron State Park

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CHADRON, Neb. — Visitors to Chadron State Park will be greeted with road construction in coming weeks. Beginning April 12 and ending in late May, construction workers will be resurfacing the park’s 5.6 miles of asphalt roads, campsites and other pavement. Gregg Galbraith, park superintendent, said visitors might not be able to access certain areas of the grounds during construction, but that the roads will be much more enjoyable to drive upon when the project is finished. He expects the …

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Campers may reserve sites at Box Butte

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HEMINGFORD, Neb. – Campers planning to visit Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area on May 1 and after will be able to reserve a site. Beginning this year, half of the reservoir’s 40 campsites, each of which are located near the shore with a fire ring and picnic table, are being added to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s reservation system. That consists of 13 basic sites with no electricity, six sites with 50-amp electricity and four sites with 20/30-amp …

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