Home » NGPC News (page 209)

NGPC News

View Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP and SRA

LINCOLN – Sandhill crane enthusiasts are invited to visit Fort Kearny State Historical Park and Recreation Area to enjoy the spring migration. The visitor center will open daily March 1-April 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff will answer questions and direct visitors to viewing areas. One popular viewing location is the hike-bike bridge over the Platte River at the recreation area. The bridge is one-third mile from the parking area. A park entry permit is required. Call the park for …

Read More »

Spring Turkey Hunting Workshops Scheduled

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host five spring turkey hunting workshops across the state to help prepare hunters for the upcoming seasons. The workshops are March 13 in North Platte, March 15 at Ponca and Platte River state parks, March 20 in Chadron and April 8 in Lincoln. The free workshops are open to all turkey hunters, regardless of experience and will feature Game and Parks specialists covering strategies, equipment, biology and tips to becoming a …

Read More »

Game and Parks Relocates 26 Bighorns from Wildcat Hills to Pine Ridge

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Feb. 19 relocated 26 bighorn sheep from the Wildcat Hills to supplement two herds in the Pine Ridge. Game and Parks contracted a helicopter crew to capture the sheep at the Hubbard Gap region of the Wildcat Hills. Agency staff moved the sheep via livestock trailers to Fort Robinson State Park and Bighorn Wildlife Management Area, to the west and east of Crawford, respectively. Those sheep were among the latest to …

Read More »

Mountain Lion Unintentionally Killed in Custer County

LINCOLN – A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a cable restraint trap near Taylor in Custer County on Feb. 16, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The mountain lion was an adult male weighing approximately 150 pounds that appeared to be in good health. The trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy. High pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and other …

Read More »

Nonresident Hunting Outfitters Convicted of Taking Wildlife Illegally in Nebraska

LINCOLN – A North Carolina couple have been convicted of multiple federal game law violations in Nebraska. Jason and Britney Edney of Hendersonville, N.C., own an outfitting company that hired guides and worked for clients in Nebraska. Over four years, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents uncovered hunting violations that included more than 25 instances of overbagging or hunting turkeys without permits, 29 illegally taken deer, 17 instances of failing to …

Read More »

Run Wild at Mahoney State Park May 17

LINCOLN – Run for wildlife during Run Wild on May 17 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and help celebrate Threatened and Endangered Species Day. Choose from a 10k or 5k trail run on a scenic, naturally challenging dirt trail. There also is a 1-mile children’s fun run. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Conservation Fund, which works to save Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places, with special emphasis on Nebraska’s threatened and endangered species. Learn more at NebraskaWildlifeFund.org. Early registration is open …

Read More »

Mountain Lion Killed by Vehicle

LINCOLN – A mountain lion was killed by a vehicle on U.S. Hwy. 20 in Sioux County on Feb. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The mountain lion was an adult male weighing approximately 150 pounds that appeared to be in good health. The driver contacted Game and Parks immediately after striking the animal. This is the sixth mountain lion killed by a vehicle in the Pine Ridge since 2007, when a breeding population was first confirmed. …

Read More »

Hunter Education Instructor Training Scheduled March 18

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice firearm hunter education instructors March 18 near Gretna. The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31. Register by March 17 by visiting HuntSafeNebraska.org and clicking on the “Become a Volunteer” link about halfway down the page. Or visit the link directly at: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs/education/volunteer.asp Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov for more information.

Read More »

Tax Check-off Benefits Wildlife, Habitat Conservation

LINCOLN – Tax season provides a unique opportunity for Nebraskans to contribute to wildlife and habitat conservation. Line 42 on the 2013 state income tax form (Form 1040N) allows individuals to donate all or a part of their tax refund to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, ¬which focuses on saving Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places. “The check-off is one of the principal sources of state funding used to conserve more than 95 percent of fish and wildlife species that are considered …

Read More »