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Champion Mill SHP and SRA to Change Hands July 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – The transfer of ownership of Champion Mill State Historical Park (SHP) and State Recreation Area (SRA) from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to Chase County will take place in a ceremony July 1. State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial and officials from Chase County and Game and Parks will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony at the park. Champion Mill SHP and SRA, located adjacent to the town of Champion, comprise approximately 11 acres, most of …

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Antique Appraisal Fair at Fort Hartsuff July 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Antique Appraisal Fair will be held July 6 at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park near Burwell. The event, featuring professional antique and coin appraiser Tom Bassett, will take place on the veranda of the Enlisted Men’s Barracks from 2-4 p.m. People wishing to bring items for appraisal must register before July 6 at noon by calling the fort at 308-346-4715. There is a charge of $5 for each item to be appraised and a two-item limit. …

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Burchard WMA to Open to Access July 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – Burchard Wildlife Management Area will be opened to limited public access beginning July 1. An aquatic habitat rehabilitation project was completed earlier this year on this 150-acre reservoir in Pawnee County. The water level was drawn down 11 feet to facilitate construction while protecting the quality fishery. The water level is between 8 and 9 feet below full pool. Access to the reservoir will be allowed for bank angling anywhere along the shoreline, but all vehicles must …

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Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN, Neb. – Meat processors have until July 15 to apply for participation in the 2013 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The application form and program guidelines are available at OutdoorNebraska.com/HHH under Processors and Charitable Organizations. Following the application deadline, Game and Parks will contract with eligible processors. This year, contracted processors may accept deer donated by hunters beginning on Sept. 15. Contact …

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Six State Recreation Areas Will Allow Fireworks on July 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those visitors should use extra caution with fireworks where extremely dry conditions and high fire hazard exist. Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee SRA near Emerald and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks from …

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July 5 is Final Day to Enter Nebraska Super Tag Lottery

LINCOLN, Neb. – July 5 is the final day hunters may enter the Nebraska Super Tag Lottery. The prize: a four-species permit, which will be drawn July 26. A nonrefundable $25 lottery application fee gives hunters the opportunity to win a tag that is valid in 2013 and 2014 and has a bag limit of one elk of either sex, one deer of either sex, one antelope of either sex and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be …

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Leave Wildlife Babies Alone

LINCOLN, Neb. – It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: — A lone fawn, or other young bird or mammal, may appear to be abandoned or injured, but the mother frequently is off feeding or drinking. Do not move it. The longer …

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Hunter Education Instructors Recognized

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is honoring volunteer hunter education instructors who have provided training of novice hunters for at least 20 years. The following instructors, with years of service, are being recognized in June and July, and each will receive a certificate and gift from an area conservation officer: 22 Years – Dale G. DeLamotte, Doniphan; Gary E. Howey, Hartington. 21 Years – Robert L. Brammeier, Sterling; Jill L. Dahl, Grand Island; John J. Eskins …

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Crop Stubble Program Website Available

LINCOLN, Neb. – Landowners can learn more about the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program at www.stubbleforwildlife.com. They then have until June 14 to enroll in the program that pays them for keeping their wheat and milo stubble tall during the coming harvest. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is enrolling tall wheat and milo stubble into the program for three years. The program is offered in the Upper Niobrara-White, North Platte, South Platte, Twin Platte, Upper Republican, …

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Reinke Wins State 3-D Archery Tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Evan Reinke of Davenport scored 404 of a possible 440 points to win the Nebraska High School 3-D Archery Tournament June 8 in Norfolk. He captured the senior compound title along the way. The competition consists of an archer shooting at one or two different 3-D animal targets at each of 20 stations. The event was held at the Norfolk Archery Range. Sixty-two youths competed. Grant Brussen of Randolph was the senior traditional champion with 345 points. …

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