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Join Deer Exchange to donate or receive venison

LINCOLN – Nebraskans wanting to donate or receive harvested deer can participate in the Deer Exchange. This program is designed to accommodate the additional harvest of deer. It brings together hunters who have a surplus of deer with recipients willing to accept the deer meat. The Deer Exchange, which is available annually from Sept. 1 through March 1, allows hunters and potential venison recipients to join a database and search for other participating parties in their area. Parties will work …

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Change made to Omaha-area deer check stations

LINCOLN – One step in preparing for the November firearm deer season is locating a site to check in your deer. Omaha-area hunters are reminded that Hitches Plus in Papillion no longer is a deer check station. Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the November firearm season must deliver their deer to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season. The November firearm deer season is Nov. 12-20. To …

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Deer hunting prospects look great for 2016

LINCOLN – The Nov. 12 opener of firearm deer season is approaching and excitement and anticipation are building for Nebraskans. “Hunting prospects have improved in all management units as herds are mostly recovered from the drought and disease losses of 2012,” says Kit Hams, big game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Mule deer in five southern units are at record highs and whitetail are increasing in several units. “An increase in antlerless permits this fall will …

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Game and Parks seeks information about vandalism at Lake McConaughy SRA

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on vandalism at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. The Martin Bay RV dump station was damaged beyond repair sometime between the night of Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. There are no suspects at this time. A vehicle had illegally driven off-road up the bank at the back of Martin Bay over the top of the dump station’s septic tanks. The vehicle got stuck, and then caused the damage while …

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Day of fun, educational activities planned for Nov. 5 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy an autumn day of fun and education for all ages Nov. 5 at Ponca State (SP). 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 1 p.m., Critter Corner will introduce guests to wildlife found along the Missouri River. An outdoor cooking class at 3 p.m. will allow participants to cook treats in a Dutch oven over a campfire. A park permit is required …

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2016 Great Park Pursuit winners announced

LINCOLN – Dozens of teams won prizes in the 2016 Great Park Pursuit, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association. The following teams won the challenge’s top prizes: — $1,500 outdoor recreation package grand prize: Road Trip Adventures, Papillion — $750 outdoor recreation package: Conklin Bushwhackers, Juniata — $500 outdoor recreation package: Recycled Fish Stewards, Ralston — Two-night cabin stay and 2017 NEBRASKAland calendar: Foot Stompers, Seward — Two-night cabin stay: Van …

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Nebraskans enjoy upland bird season opener

LINCOLN – Nebraskans enjoyed another upland bird season opener on Oct. 29. While hunters reported seeing good numbers of birds, unseasonably warm, dry weather over much of the state negatively affected hunter success. Dry conditions resulted in poor scenting conditions for dogs. Reports indicated that hunters’ dogs were having difficulty locating downed pheasants. Wind was an issue in some parts of the state, as well. Hunters also reported birds flushing wild, well ahead of their hunting parties, but were seeing …

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Prescribed Fire Conference is Dec. 2 in Kearney

LINCOLN – Landowners and fire professionals are invited to attend the Prescribed Fire Conference on Dec. 2 in Kearney. The conference aims to bring landowners and fire professionals together to facilitate the discussion of challenges and successes associated with prescribed burning. The agenda includes presentations from individuals with diverse backgrounds on prescribed burning, in-depth breakout sessions, exhibitors, and a meeting of the Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council (NPFC). The NPFC was formed by landowners to promote the common good of Nebraskans …

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Continuous CRP options available to agricultural producers

LINCOLN – The Farm Service Agency has several Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) options available to Nebraska producers on a first-come, first-served basis. Agricultural producers can apply for CCRP anytime throughout the year, but the availability of CRP acres is somewhat limited as the national acreage cap set by the 2012 Farm Bill draws nearer. Interested producers can visit their local USDA Service Center to determine what options exist for their farm. With recent declines in commodity prices, CRP is …

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Special youth pheasant hunt another success

LINCOLN – Nebraska youth got to experience an upland hunt as adult mentors took them afield for the state’s special youth pheasant hunt Oct. 22-23. The special hunt took place on 14 wildlife management areas (WMA), where the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission released 5,445 adult roosters Oct. 21. In total, 387 adult mentors accompanied 465 youth hunters on the hunt this year, compared to 295 mentors and 350 youth in 2015. Youth and their mentors harvested 44 wild roosters …

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