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First Mountain Lion Lottery Permit Drawn

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 15-year-old Franklin resident drew the state’s first mountain lion lottery permit on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Holden Bruce will be allowed to hunt mountain lions during Season 1, Jan. 1-Feb. 14, 2014, in the Pine Ridge Unit. As the first lottery permit holder, Bruce will be allowed to hunt mountain lions with dogs during Season 1. The 100 other lottery permit holders, which also were drawn Oct. 9, will hunt during Season 2, Feb. 15-March 31 in …

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Special Youth Uplands Hunts Set for Oct. 19-20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Youth ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts at nine wildlife management areas (WMA) across Nebraska during the Oct. 19-20 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season. Rooster pheasants will be released at all designated sites before the special youth hunt season. The special hunts are open to the public, and the number of participants is not limited. No registration or special permit is required but special regulations will be in …

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Parts of Wagon Train SRA Closed for Cleanup Following Storm

LINCOLN, Neb. – Wind damage from an overnight storm has forced the temporary closure of parts of Wagon Train State Recreation Area (SRA) in Lancaster County. No one was injured. Access to Areas 1 and 3, including the boat ramp at Area 3, is closed until further notice while crews clean up debris and downed trees from the Thursday night storm. Area 1 is located on the west side of the lake and Area 3 is on the east side. …

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Special Deer Hunts at Mahoney SP, Platte River SP, Schramm Park SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering special antlerless deer hunting opportunities within Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks (SP), as well as Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA). Successful applicants will be issued a special access permit that allows them to hunt antlerless deer in designated areas of a park on designated dates, using specific equipment. Successful applicants and interested alternates must attend an orientation session in order to receive the special access …

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Schleuter Wins Silhouette Championships

LINCOLN, Neb. – Jared Schleuter of Milford hit 32 of 40 targets to win the 2013 Nebraska High School Silhouette Championships at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow on Sept. 28. In .22-caliber rifle silhouette shooting, each competitor fires 40 shots at small metal targets. Each shoots 10 shots at targets that are 43, 66, 84 and 109 yards in distance. The annual event is open to all hunter education graduates who are at least 11 years old …

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Wildlife Viewing Grants Available

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Tourism Commission are requesting proposals that will enhance watchable wildlife opportunities and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, viewing-site development, events, infrastructure, marketing, equipment and plan development. Proposals are due Nov. 25. There is a maximum of $2,000 available per proposal. Funding is provided by the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund and the Nebraska Tourism Commission. Visit www.WatchWildlifeNe.org or contact Kristal Stoner at …

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Volunteers Needed for Verdel Missouri River Cleanup

LINCOLN, Neb. – Volunteers are needed for the inaugural Verdel Missouri River Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 5. The cleanup will comb sandbars and islands for trash along a 39-mile stretch of the river. The Missouri National Recreational River and Niobrara State Park (SP) are sponsoring the event, which begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the Verdel boat ramp and ends at noon with a cookout for volunteers. Boats from the National Park Service, Niobrara SP and partner agencies will …

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Students Invited to Sensory Safari 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lincoln Children’s Zoo and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invite students to Sensory Safari 2013 on Wednesday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designed for students with disabilities, visitors will have the opportunity to touch, feel, hear and smell at interpretative stations located throughout the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. “An integral part of our mission at the Commission is to help all Nebraskans appreciate their roles in the natural world through outreach and quality …

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Mountain Lion Permit to be Auctioned at Nebraska Big Game Society Meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Interested parties will have an opportunity to bid on a 2014 Nebraska Pine Ridge Unit mountain lion auction permit Wednesday, October 16 at the Nebraska Big Game Society Fall Meeting and Auction. The event will be held at Mahoney State Park Lodge beginning at 6 p.m. Featured speaker, Sam Wilson, will present “Mountain Lions in Nebraska” at 7 p.m. The auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. The auction will include one 2014 Nebraska Pine Ridge Unit mountain …

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October Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October: Oct. 1 – Crow hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1-10 – River Antlerless deer hunting season for legal firearms, but not Season Choice, landowner or youth permits Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season Oct. 4-6 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camp, Halsey, 402-471-5482 Oct. 5 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 402-944-2523 Oct. 5 – …

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