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Day of fun, educational activities set for April 22 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get outdoors for a spring day of fun, educational activities for all ages April 22 at Ponca State Park. Take an introductory archery course from 9-11 a.m. using the park’s equipment. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. At 11:30 a.m., Critter Corner will introduce guests to wildlife found along the Missouri River. The beginning fishing clinic from 2-4 p.m. will feature demonstrations on casting and instruction on fish identification and tying knots. Fishing poles …

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Sight-in range being built at Killdeer WMA in Lancaster County

LINCOLN, Neb. – A firearm sight-in range is being built at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County. It is designed as a safe, user-friendly facility to allow hunters an opportunity to sight-in a rifle or handgun. The range will be 100 yards in length. It will include a single steel bench for both left- and right-hand shooters, earthen berms, target holder with additional steel target gongs and sliding steel panels to close the range for safe operation. The range …

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Family Fishing Events scheduled for 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for another spring and summer of fun with Family Fishing Events. Family Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available for free. Look for the Family Fishing Trailer at each site. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required. The following …

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Sip Nebraska wine festival to include craft beer tastings

LINCOLN, Neb. – Guests at the 2017 Sip Nebraska wine festival at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park May 5-6 will be able to sample local craft beers, wines and hard ciders. Eight Nebraska breweries will attend the festival, including Empyrean Brewing of Lincoln, First Street Brewing of Hastings and Thunderhead Brewing of Kearney. The event will also feature nine wineries from across the state. Guests also will be able to enjoy educational wine and craft beer sessions, artisan and food …

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Enjoy challenge of fun, safe spring turkey hunt

LINCOLN, Neb. – Turkey hunting is challenging and fun, and a great way to spend a spring day with family or friends. Nebraska’s spring turkey season opens April 15 for shotgunners. Wendy Horine, hunter education coordinator with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, has the following tips for making a turkey hunt safe and successful. — Know where the muzzle of your firearm is pointed and never aim at anything you do not intend to shoot. Treat every firearm as …

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Gov. Ricketts proclaims Nebraska top turkey hunting destination

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation on April 12 declaring that Nebraska is the Best Turkey Hunting Destination in the United States. The governor signed the proclamation in a ceremony at the Nebraska Capitol and presented it to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Deputy Director Tim McCoy and District 1 Commissioner Dan Kreitman of Wahoo (southeastern Nebraska). In return, Kreitman presented the governor a turkey call, which he vowed to use on an upcoming turkey hunt. In …

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Commission to consider big game recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2017 big game hunting seasons when it meets April 21 in Norfolk. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center, 701 E. Benjamin Ave. Also on the agenda are recommendations to: — increase the park cash change funds at several state park areas; — approve an easement to place a sewer line at Platte River State Park (SP); — approve an …

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Beyond BOW invites women to experience Platte River State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women are invited to experience all the recreation opportunities Platte River State Park has to offer in a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) event April 29-30. Activities include Dutch oven cooking, hiking, lodging in cabins, horseback riding, and rifle, shotgun and archery shooting. Women must be at least 18 years of age. BOW gives beginners the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a comfortable environment. Beyond BOW provides the next step on the path in becoming confident …

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.22 rifle clinic April 15 at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Platte River State Park will host a Project Appleseed .22 rifle clinic April 15. This intensive program will feature shooting from three positions at 25 meters, with targets that are scaled to simulate shooting at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards. Participants will learn the six steps to firing a shot, natural point of aim, steady hold factors, and much more. Participants must be at least 8 years of age. Project Appleseed is a program of the …

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Three state fishing records certified so far this year

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has certified three state fishing records so far this year – all set on rod and reel. The records are: — Kelly Macke of Lincoln on Jan. 3 pulled a 1-pound, 14-ounce redear sunfish through the ice at Wildwood Lake in Lancaster County. The 11¾-inch fish ate a tungsten jig and wax worm. — Wade Williby of Grand Island caught a 3-pound triploid crappie March 5 from Kea Lake in Buffalo …

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