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Father Hupp WMA to Close Temporarily for Renovation

LINCOLN, Neb. – Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area in Thayer County will close temporarily for a wetland renovation and development project, effective immediately. The area will close for all public activity, including hunting, and appropriate signage will be installed. The area is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Oct. 21, 2013, depending on the progress of construction activities. The enhancement of this wetland area will greatly increase its use by migratory waterfowl and provide more hunting opportunities.

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Public Meeting Scheduled for Conestoga Aquatic Rehabilitation Project

LINCOLN, Neb. – There will be a public informational meeting Sept. 25 in Denton regarding the upcoming aquatic rehabilitation project at Conestoga Lake. The meeting will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Denton Community Center, 7115 Lancaster Ave. Representatives of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Flatwater Group Inc., Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District will provide information and answer questions. Conestoga has experienced the degrading effects …

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AppleJack Art Show Set for Sept. 21-22

LINCOLN, Neb. – The AppleJack Art Show is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 22. The art show is a celebration of art and features artists from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. A park entry permit is required. The art show is one of many events scheduled for the annual AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City.

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Family Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Sight-In Oct. 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Family Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Sight-In will be Oct. 13 at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville. The shooting range will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for free. Visitors may try out a variety of primitive weapons: hatchets, atlatl, tomahawks, longbows and muzzleloaders. Visitors may sight in their muzzleloaders for $5 per gun. An addition to the event this year is the Buffalo Run …

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Community Leaders Stepping Up to Extend Park Seasons

LINCOLN, Neb. – Community leaders are committing resources to keep open Pelican Point, Oliver Reservoir, Rock Creek and Cottonwood Lake state recreation areas. These parks are among the 29 state park areas targeted for temporary closure by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In addition, community leaders are working to provide staffing and funding to reinstate events this fall and winter at Arbor Lodge, Fort Atkinson and Buffalo Bill Ranch state historical parks and Alexandria State Recreation Area. Game and …

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Hunter Education Instructor Training Oct. 17 in Norfolk

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice firearm hunter education instructors Oct. 17 in Norfolk. The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 601 E. Benjamin Ave. Register by Oct. 16. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov or visit huntsafenebraska.org.

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Outdoor Recreation Marketing Grants Available from Game and Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – The application deadline for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission marketing grants is Oct. 31. Game and Parks is offering $100,000 in marketing grants to promote outdoor recreation. The grants are for communities, groups, organizations, public-private partnerships, nongovernment agencies or political subdivisions looking for help in promoting outdoor recreation. “Outdoor recreation is a major industry in Nebraska with an annual economic impact of more than a $1.7 billion,” Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas said. “The Outdoor Recreation …

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Small Bore Rifle Silhouette Championships Set for Sept. 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska High School Small Bore Rifle Silhouette Championships will be held Sept. 28 at the Pressey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) south of Broken Bow. This free competition is open to all hunter education graduates who are at least 11 years of age and have not graduated from high school. Proof of hunter education certification is required. Team competition is comprised of four-person teams in overall, high school, 4-H, and open categories. Call Matthew Haumont at 308-872-2348 …

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Kids Cook-off to Debut at Missouri River Outdoor Expo

LINCOLN, Neb. – An inaugural Kid’s Cook-off is scheduled for the Missouri River Outdoor Expo, which will be held Sept. 21-22 at Ponca State Park. The cook-off, to be held Sept. 21, will feature two divisions. Children ages 5-10 will prepare gourmet s’mores at 10 a.m. and children ages 11-15 will make pie iron Hot Pockets at 2 p.m. All the food, equipment and supplies will be provided. Children will be given a variety of ingredients and then encouraged to …

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Many Activities Will Be Available in Temporarily Closed Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Despite the coming temporary closures at 29 Nebraska State Park areas, visitors will be allowed walk-in activities such as picnicking, bank fishing, photography, wildlife viewing, hunting and trail use from sunrise to sunset. The park areas will be gated and/or posted a short distance from the entrance. Visitors will be able to park on the outside edges of the park area, but they will not be allowed to drive on the interior roads. Areas will be gated …

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