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Lake McConaughy Visitors Reminded to Share Sand with Terns and Plovers

LINCOLN, Neb. – Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area’s (SRA) visitors are being reminded to give interior least terns and piping plovers their space as beaches will become crowded over the upcoming holiday weekends. “It is a critical period for these birds because not only are some pairs still on nests, but other pairs are tending to broods,” said Colby Johnson, Lake McConaughy Park Superintendent. “Park visitors can help protect the birds and ensure that we can strike the right balance …

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Area Parks a Good Bet for Fourth of July Fun for the Family

LINCOLN, Neb. – Several Nebraska parks have full agendas planned for the Fourth of July weekend. Seven of the state recreation areas and one state historical park will allow park goers to set off their own fireworks in designated areas. Visitors can set off fireworks on July 4 from 8 a.m. until midnight at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny State Historical Park (SHP) near Kearney, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Two Rivers SRA near Venice, Pawnee …

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July Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July: July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31 July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in specific waters through Dec. 31 (see page 20 of 2013-2014 Fishing Guide) July 1-14 – Paddlefish snagging permit application period July 2-4 – Western and Wildlife Art Show, Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Crawford, 308-665-2900 July …

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Weekend Adventure to Teach Women Outdoor Skills

LINCOLN, Neb. – Grab a friend, your mother, daughter, sister, or colleague and get outdoors for a life-changing adventure in the Sandhills. A workshop sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission gives women the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a comfortable environment. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is a weekend getaway for women 18 years and older scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at the State 4-H Camp, located in the Bessey Division of the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Game and …

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Private Waters Owners May Receive Fish

LINCOLN, Neb. – Landowners and associations can enhance fishing opportunities in Nebraska by having their private waters stocked with fish. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission must receive stocking applications by Aug. 1. To receive fish, the body of water must meet the following requirements: — It must be at least one-half surface acre in size. — At least 25 percent of the body must be at least 10 feet deep. — No other fish can be present in the …

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Prescribed Burn Conference Set for July 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Prescribed Burn Conference will be held July 15 in Kearney. The conference brings landowners and fire professionals together to discuss the challenges and success of prescribed burning. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Kearney Holiday Inn. Registration is $20 through June 30, $25 from July 1-15 and $15 for volunteer fire department members. Banquet tickets are $15. For more information, including registration, visit OutdoorNebraska.ne.gov/NebRxBurn.

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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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