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Willows and Wings birding hike rescheduled for May 26 at Willow Creek SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Willow and Wings event scheduled for May 19 at Willow Creek State Recreation Area in Pierce County has been rescheduled for May 26 due to expected inclement weather. The public is invited to celebrate International Migratory Bird Month at this event, which includes a bird identification hike and an introduction to eBird, an online citizen science tool for monitoring bird populations. All ages and experience levels are welcome. A park entry permit is required for each …

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New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcome public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population. The draft plan, called the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy, builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies, as well as private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region from Texas to the Upper …

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Get permission before morel hunting on private land

LINCOLN, Neb. – Morel mushroom hunters are out in force this month picking their favorite fungi. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds them that they must get landowner permission before entering private land. The non-commercial harvesting of morel mushrooms is allowed on Nebraska Game and Parks owned and controlled properties, unless otherwise signed. That includes state park areas, where a park entry permit is required, and wildlife management areas (WMA). Morel pickers should be wary of spring turkey hunters …

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Game and Parks accepting grant applications for projects promoting outdoor recreation

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications for parks and other outdoor recreation facilities and amenities promoting outdoor recreation. The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program administered by the National Park Service for outdoor recreation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ballfields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnicking facilities, playgrounds, pool renovations, splash pads, park acquisitions and development, and park-related support facilities. All projects must …

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Learn the basics of handgun shooting in ladies’ introductory series

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women who want to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of handguns are invited to attend an introductory handgun series at Platte River State Park in June. Part of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, the Summer Shooting Series features a variety of topics throughout four sessions, including firearm safety, gun handling and range rules. Sessions will be held June 6, 13, 20 and 27, at $15 per class; attendance is required at the first …

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Junior Explorers invited to get their badge at Wildcat Hills

Junior Explorer Book and Badge

GERING, Neb. — Children have long enjoyed exploring nature at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, whether by hiking the trails of the 1,000-plus-acre park or by viewing the interactive displays of its Nature Center. Now there is a new program to guide their exploration and make it official. This month, on Free Park Entry and Fishing Day on May 19, the Nature Center will begin awarding badges and certificates to children who complete its new Junior Explorer program. The program …

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Fish May and June for hot walleye action

LINCOLN, Neb. – May and June are the best months for walleye fishing in Nebraska. Those two months produce more walleyes for anglers than the rest of the year on every walleye water in the state. “Part of the reason for that is that there are more anglers fishing during those months, but they are fishing because they know the walleyes will be biting,” said Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Walleyes spawn …

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Public invited to Summit Lake SRA public meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a public meeting to gather input on hunting at Summit Lake State Recreation Area in Burt County on May 15. Currently, approximately 175 acres of the 535-acre area are open to hunting annually beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day. Rifle deer hunting also is permitted at the site. Game and Parks will seek input on the continuation of hunting at his area during the meeting, which will take place …

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Howe wins 2018 Cornhusker Cup

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Hunter Howe of Platte Valley 4-H won a three-way shoot-off to win the Cornhusker Cup as overall champion of the 49th Cornhusker Trapshoot on Saturday. Howe broke 72 of 75 targets and in the handicap at 24-25 yards Saturday before prevailing in a shoot-off. His 72, combined with his 74 shot at 16 yards Friday, gave him a low overall score of 146. Corden Novotny of Oak Creek 4-H was second and Weston Zolck of Blair third. …

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Christiansen perfect in winning two titles at Cornhusker Trapshoot

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Max Christiansen of Norris had a perfect day Friday. He broke all 235 targets he shot at and won two championships at the 49th Cornhusker Trapshoot. He won the 16-yard individual title and the high school team crown in the senior high competition. Christiansen hit all 75 targets at 16 yards, then broke 150 straight targets in a shoot-off to eliminate Casey Petersen of Platte Valley 4-H, who took second place. The Norris 1 team of Christiansen, …

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