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Highlight Outdoor Nebraska’s finest on your next video conference

LINCOLN, Neb. – With virtual meetings expected to be a part of people’s lives for the foreseeable future as the coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is making available 12 iconic photos for use as video conferencing backgrounds. The photos, featuring the photography of Nebraskaland Magazine, showcase wildlife, scenic parks and stunning views, so those connecting over virtual conference platforms for work or for fun can highlight their sense of adventure — and hide any messes …

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Get involved in the 2020 Nebraska Bird Month Challenge

LINCOLN, Nebraska – In honor of the role birds play in Nebraska’s economy and ecosystems, Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed May as Nebraska Bird Month. The monthlong celebration, typically celebrated with bird-related events across the state, has taken on a new form this year in the interest of public health due to the novel coronavirus. Rather than attend an event, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites Nebraskans to get outside, look for birds and join a national citizen science program …

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Forest thinning ramping up on Game and Parks properties

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CHADRON, Neb. – Forest thinning is either underway or scheduled to begin soon at three Nebraska Game and Parks Commission properties in the Pine Ridge near Crawford and Harrison. The projects consist of 258 acres at Gilbert-Baker Wildlife Management Area, 84 acres at Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area, and 80 acres at Fort Robinson State Park. The work is beginning this spring and will continue into fall. Most of the efforts are targeting stands of ponderosa pine trees, which, as with …

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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 2020 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it meets May 8 in Lincoln. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at Game and Parks headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. A public hearing is scheduled at 9:15 a.m. Central Time for proposed amendments to Commission orders pertaining to season dates, bag limits, permit quantities and areas open for deer, antelope and elk hunting. While all interested persons …

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May outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission important dates in May. May 8 – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting, Lincoln May 18-June 5 – Eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit May 31 – Spring turkey seasons close In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Game and Parks has cancelled all agency-sponsored events scheduled through May 31. Game and Parks aims to protect …

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Open Fields and Waters Program seeking new enrollments

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking to add more hunting and fishing access opportunities through its Open Fields and Waters Program. Landowners are encouraged to consider allowing public, walk-in access on their property for hunting or fishing through the program. In exchange, landowners receive per-acre annual payments and liability protection through the Nebraska Recreational Liability Act. Game and Parks is seeking to add enrollments within the following target areas: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) – CRP …

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Remaining archery paddlefish permits available to residents April 20

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The four archery paddlefish permits remaining after the draw will go on sale to Nebraska residents starting April 20 at 1 p.m. Central Time. A person must be 12 years old by June 1 to buy an archery paddlefish permit, which costs $33. A person may have no more than two archery paddlefish permits per year: one earned via application and one bought over the counter. Permits and their accompanying tags are not transferable. Anyone fishing with …

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City Nature Challenge will be online wildlife observation effort

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The City Nature Challenge annually encourages a global collaborative effort to observe and record wildlife. This year, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the challenge will be completed online. The City Nature Challenge offers an opportunity to connect with nature and participate in a collective scientific effort, while safely navigating public health challenges. It calls on people to observe and submit photographs of wild plants, animals, and fungi using the free mobile app, iNaturalist. They can …

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A fun challenge for you: Camp at home, Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Though Nebraskans everywhere have been practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the community, camping enthusiasts need only look to their home or backyard for the ultimate “getaway.” “Nebraska Game and Parks Commission knows that camping is one of many people’s favorite activities, and we want to encourage you to create memories with your family during this time by doing some of your favorite things at home,” said Parks Division Administrator Jim Swenson. …

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Setting sights on the walleye

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The walleye may be Nebraska’s most popular, albeit often hard-to-catch, game fish. It is known for not only having great-tasting fillets, but also for growing big and providing anglers a fishing challenge. Despite its reputation for being hard to catch, at certain times of the year walleyes can be taken by both boat and bank anglers with average skills. Joe Rydell, a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s northwest district, said we are in the midst of …

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