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Game and Parks Stresses Safety Following Weekend Fire at Branched Oak WMA

LINCOLN – The cause of a fire at Branched Oak Wildlife Management Area (WMA) over the weekend is under investigation. The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and burned around 1,000 acres, 325 of which were located on the WMA. The fire melted a plastic drainage tube at the WMA and destroyed approximately 1.25 miles of fence. It also caused damage to property on private land. All damage at Branched Oak WMA was north of the marina. Nineteen volunteer fire …

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Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 15 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Nebraska Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also are encouraged to volunteer for such Game and Parks programs as Family Fishing Nights …

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Spring Trout Stocking Announced

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month. The schedule, subject to change depending on conditions, includes date, location, approximate time of stocking, and quantity: March 13 – Fremont State Recreation Area (SRA) No. 2, 4,000 trout; CenturyLink Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), 2,500; Weeping Water Pond, 1,500 March 14 – Humboldt City Park Lake, 350; Auburn Rotary Club Lake, 800; Fort …

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State NASP Tournament Set for March 22

LINCOLN – More than 630 archers will take part in the state’s largest archery event March 22 – the Nebraska National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament in Lincoln. The event takes place at the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th St. With the first of five flights of competition beginning at 8 a.m. Trophies and medals will be awarded. NASP is an in-school curriculum covering target archery for students in grades 4-12. During the 2012-2013 school year, …

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Prescribed Burns Planned at Pine Glen WMA, Smith Falls SP

LINCOLN – Prescribed burns are planned for Pine Glen Wildlife Management Area in Brown County and Smith Falls State Park in Cherry County sometime between March 10 and March 31, weather permitting. Restoration of forests and grasslands began at both areas in 2010 by reducing woodland densities and ladder fuels to manageable levels with many thinning projects. They were funded, in part, by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Forest Service. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hopes to …

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Two Rivers Trout Lake to Open March 8

LINCOLN – The trout lake at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) will open March 8 for family fishing. The lake should be partially free of ice, and only bank fishing will be allowed. All trout caught in the lake must be harvested and not released. Anglers must first purchase from the park office a daily trout tag for $4. Each tag is good for a daily bag limit of four trout. A person may have up to three tags …

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Kimball County Plans Birding Tours

LINCOLN – The birds of the southwestern Panhandle of Nebraska will be highlighted during a two-month series of Watchable Wildlife Tours sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the Kimball County Tourism Department. The series, titled “For the Birds,” will run March 15-May 15. All tours will depart from the High Point Welcome Center at exit 20 along Interstate 80. Registration is free and may be made by calling the center at 308-241-0573. Joe Caskey, the center’s director, said …

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Learn how to hunt turkey at Ponca State Park!

As spring turkey season ebbs closer, the Commission will be offering turkey hunting workshops throughout the state. Whether you’re a complete beginner or someone with a little more experience looking to learn something new, our turkey hunting workshops are where you need to be! In the northeast region, Bill Lewis will be your instructor on Saturday, March 15 in the Sandbar Room at Ponca State Park from 10am-12pm. Bill is an avid turkey hunter and has been enjoying archery for …

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March Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 1 – Bird banding, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9 a.m., 402-332-3901 March 1-April 7 – Fort Kearny State Historical Park visitor center open daily for sandhill crane migration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305 March 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 – Marsh Madness, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 March 5 – Prescribed burn training workshop, Sherman Reservoir WMA, Loup City, noon-3 p.m. …

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Fencing Funds Available to Some Panhandle Landowners

LINCOLN – A total of $50,000 is available to landowners of the Pine Ridge and Oglala Grasslands regions of the Nebraska Panhandle for the installation of wildlife-friendly fence on their properties. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will award up to $1,000 per mile to landowners on a first-come, first-served basis. With a signed contract prior to fence construction, landowners will receive funds to help build fences that both border other properties and those within their property’s boundaries. All projects …

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