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Join Game and Parks to learn about catfish fishing Aug. 1 in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn all aspects of fishing for catfish at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Discover Catfish Fishing event Aug. 1 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake. This event will be held in conjunction with Community Fishing Night, only later in the evening. Community Fishing Night at the lake will be from 6-8 p.m., with Discover Catfish Fishing from 8-10 p.m. Participants can learn the basics of catfishing, from bait and equipment to techniques. Anglers are encouraged to bring a …

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Join Game and Parks for Fishing with Friends July 25 in Omaha

LINCOLN, Neb. – Adults are invited to grab a buddy and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Omaha’s Zorinsky Lake on July 25 for Fishing with Friends. This adult-based opportunity is a chance for like-minded individuals who have little or no fishing experience to learn some skills. Bait, equipment and instruction will be provided. Beyond fishing, participants can learn how to clean fish and cook fish in a healthy manner. In addition, experts will be on hand to …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 2

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2019 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 2. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at outdoornebraska.org. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. The 2019 bighorn sheep season is Dec. 3-22. The permit will be drawn Aug. 28.

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Game and Parks urges safe boating

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans will enjoy boating this summer on waters across the state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges boaters to keep safety their top priority. Boaters and paddlers should not take safety for granted. The Commission suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Before Launching – Ensure your boat is in good running condition. Get the boat registered and, if a nonresident, purchase an …

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Apply for paddlefish snagging permit through July 14

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications may be made for Nebraska paddlefish snagging permits through July 14. Snagging of paddlefish and nongame fish is permitted Oct. 1-31 in the Missouri River from the Gavins Point Dam west of Yankton, South Dakota, downstream to the mouth of the Big Sioux River at mile marker 734, west of Sioux City, Iowa. All inland waters in Nebraska are closed to paddlefish harvest. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has authorized 1,520 permits for residents and …

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“Patriot Nations” exhibit on display at Fort Atkinson through Sept. 2

LINCOLN, Neb. – A traveling Smithsonian exhibit about the history of Native American veterans in the U.S. military is on display at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park through Sept. 2. “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” tells the story of the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major U.S. military encounter since the Revolutionary War. The 16-panel exhibit includes art, photography and …

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Girl Scouts invited to learn new outdoor skills during Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. – There are still spots available for Girl Scouts to take part in the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14 at various state recreation areas throughout Nebraska. Several state recreation areas including Fort Kearny, Lewis and Clark, Lake McConaughy and Wildcat Hills will offer free programming designed to help Girl Scouts and their families discover nature and challenge themselves to try new things. Activities are designed to encourage development of numerous outdoor skills and …

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Enjoy geocaching, American history at Niobrara State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Your adventures at Niobrara State Park could include a buffalo cookout, a unique portrayal of American history, and munching on s’mores while learning all about geocaching. On July 6, the park will host a buffalo cookout along with the Humanities Nebraska program “Corps of Discovery in Song and Story,” presented by Michael F. McDonald. Through original songs and stories, McDonald will lead a lively celebration of the challenges and adventures faced by the members of Lewis and …

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Enjoy family fun at Denton Prairie bioblitz July 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – Experience prairie wildlife and enjoy time together as a family at a bioblitz to be held July 13 at Denton Prairie. A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Attendees will have fun exploring the outdoors as they count as many living things as possible in three hours, with teams looking for birds, insects, plants and more. “Bioblitzes are a unique chance to …

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Drawdown set to begin at Powder Creek Reservoir in Dixon County

LINCOLN, Neb. – Water levels at Powder Creek Reservoir in Dixon County will begin to drop July 8 as the beginning of a project to restructure the lake’s fish population. The fishery has been dominated by small panfish in recent years. A drawdown to reduce the lake volume by 40% will crowd predator and prey species. The desired effect is higher predation on panfish, a reduction in the panfish population, and, in the near future, faster growing and larger fish. …

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