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Fluctuating Water May Expose or Conceal Boating Hazards

LINCOLN, Neb. – Levels on water bodies fluctuate constantly. Nebraska boaters should be aware that rising and falling levels can create hazards. Many water bodies are flood-control structures where levels rise during heavy rains and wash potential hazards into new areas. Other bodies are used for irrigation and experience draw-downs during the summer, creating and exposing additional hazards. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers boaters the following tips: — Plan an upstream trip when navigating a river. If you …

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Cowboy Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting Near Norfolk on June 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – A ribbon cutting for the new Cowboy Trail Bridge near Norfolk is set for June 1 at 10:30 a.m. The Cowboy Trail Bridge, formally known as Broken Bridge, spans 200 feet across the Elkhorn River and is designed to look similar to the historic trestle railroad bridge that was washed out during the 2010 flood. The event will be preceded by fun and educational activities along the trail beginning at TaHaZouka Park in Norfolk. Participants can begin …

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Scheels 3-D Archery Shoot is June 1-2 at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – All ages are welcome to participate in the Fourth Annual Scheels Sixty 3-D Archery Shoot at Ponca State Park on June 1-2. The event will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. both days and features 60 challenging 3-D targets. Demonstrations of the newest bows and crossbows will also be available. The registration fee is $15 for adults. Youth age 14 and under are free. Lunch is included with registration and the first 100 registrants receive a T-shirt. …

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June Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Run Wild 10k Run, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 9 a.m., runwildne.org June 1 – Cowboy Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting, Norfolk, 10:30 a.m. June 1 – Family Fishing Event, Yanney Park Lake, Kearney, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1 – Fishing is Fun Water Expo, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 308-284-8800 June 1 – …

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Commissioners Approve Big Game Regulations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners approved 2013 big game hunting regulations at their meeting May 24 in Chadron. The regulations represent a significant reduction of antlerless deer bonus tags in an effort to lower harvest. That reduction in permits reflects a white-tailed deer population that was depleted by a major outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in 2012. A summary of the 2013 big game changes: Deer — Remove 30,300 antlerless bonus tags from November Firearm …

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Rock Creek Trail Days June 1-2

LINCOLN, Neb. – Several historical interpretations, re-enactments and displays are scheduled for Rock Creek Trail Days, June 1-2 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Rock Creek Station was established in 1857 along the Oregon and California trails. It was a supply center and resting spot for westward emigrants and later became a Pony Express relay station. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed it as a state historical park in 1980. Activities will include black powder gun demonstrations, cowboy …

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Outdoor Skills Day Camp Set for June 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lincoln Izaak Walton League will host a family Outdoor Skills Day Camp on June 8. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League shooting range, located a half-mile south of 134th Street and Nebraska Highway 2. It is open to youth ages 11-16, as well as their parents. Equipment and lunch will be provided. Participants will have opportunities to fish and shoot rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders or …

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Merritt to Take Reservations for Select Sites

LINCOLN, Neb. – Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area will begin taking reservations for select sites in the Cedar Bay, Beed’s Landing and Boardman campgrounds starting May 28. The reservable sites are: Cedar Bay (24 sites) – Electrical sites: A-Cedar, B-Cedar, D-Cedar, E-Cedar, G-Cedar, H-Cedar, L-Cedar, N-Cedar, P-Cedar, R-Cedar, S-Cedar, V-Cedar, W-Cedar and AA-Cedar. Nonelectric sites: 1-Cedar through 10-Cedar. Beed’s Landing (11 sites) – Electrical sites: K-Beeds through T-Beeds. Tent site: 11-Beeds. Boardman – 11 tent sites. All other camping at …

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Living History at Fort Kearny SHP May 25-27

LINCOLN, Neb. – A living history demonstration of an 1860s soldier camp will be re-enacted at Fort Kearny State Historical Park on May 25-27. The demonstration is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25-26 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 27, with a cannon firing at 2 p.m. each day. There will be wood carving and pine needle basket demonstrations. A park entry permit is required. Fort Kearny is located south of Kearney off Link 50A.

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Northwest District Birding Day Set for May 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Birders of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Northwest District Birding Day on May 29 at Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Groups of birders will leave from the WMA parking lot at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Participants should bring binoculars, field guides, insect repellant, sunscreen and clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. Interested persons should call Game and Parks’ Northwest District office in Alliance …

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