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Firearm Deer Harvest Down 21 Percent from 2012

LINCOLN – Total firearm deer harvest for the nine-day 2013 November firearm season was 36,882, a 21 percent decline from 2012. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission eliminated approximately 87,000 permits and bonus tags in 2013 in response to the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) outbreak of 2012. A significant reduction in harvest was expected. Harvest totals by Game and Parks district are: Northeast, 9,290; Northwest, 5,705; Southeast, 7,457; and Southwest, 14,430. Details of harvest by sex, species and unit are …

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Game and Parks Awards Nine Outdoor Recreation Marketing Grants

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has awarded nine grants totaling $100,000 in the 2013-2014 Outdoor Recreation Marketing Grant Program. The program is for communities, groups, organizations, public-private partnerships, nongovernment agencies or political subdivisions in need of help in promoting outdoor recreation. The grant awards are: — Dawes County Travel Board, Northwest Identity and Map, $3,787; — Fort Atkinson Foundation, Fort Atkinson Sign Enhancement Project, $14,910; — Kearney Visitors Bureau, 2013 Crane Watch Marketing Campaign, $17,400; — Kearney …

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December Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in December: Dec. 1 – Cornucopia of Crafts, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 402-944-2523 Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens Dec. 1, 21-22, 26-30 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex open to public, Platte River SP, Louisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 402-471-5547 Dec. 1-31 – Antlerless elk hunting season Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer …

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Rekindle Winter Traditions at Ponca State Park’s Winterfest

LINCOLN – Rekindle winter family traditions or create new ones during the Winterfest at Ponca State Park. Scheduled for Saturdays Nov. 30 through Feb. 28, activities are free and open to the public. Each Saturday from Nov. 30 through Dec. 28 at the Resource and Education Center there will be crafts and activities from 10 a.m.-noon, cookie decorating from 1-2 p.m., classic holiday movies shown from 2-4 p.m., and hayrack rides from 5-6 p.m. Special events scheduled in December include …

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Game and Parks Produces Videos for Waterfowl Hunters

LINCOLN – Waterfowling Nebraska is a new series of six instructional videos produced by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for its YouTube channel. The series targets intermediate waterfowlers who want to take their hunting to a higher level. The series has videos on duck decoy spread, pond blind concealment, calling Canada geese, ghillie suits, layout boat blinds, and field layout blinds. View the videos at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/waterfowl/waterfowl-hunting-tips-video.asp. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/NGPCvideo to view all videos on Game and Parks’ YouTube channel.

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Platte River SP Shooting Range Open Nov. 30-Dec. 1

LINCOLN – Shooting sports enthusiasts can bring their families and friends to Platte River State Park (SP) over Thanksgiving weekend to learn new skills or sharpen old ones. The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex will be open to the public Nov. 30-Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The shooting sports range includes facilities for rimfire firearm, shotgun, archery, pellet gun and slingshot. Equipment is provided, although customers may bring their own. Those who bring their own equipment must …

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Deer Meetings Scheduled Across Nebraska in December

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites hunters and landowners to attend a public informational meeting to discuss deer issues. Meetings are scheduled in each Game and Parks district. Each meeting begins at 7 p.m. Game and Parks biologists will explain and take questions on various topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy management and diseases. Antelope and elk issues also may be discussed. The meeting schedule is: Dec. 3 – Burwell, Calamus …

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Game and Parks Announces Archery on Fire Promotion

LINCOLN – Archery is gaining popularity in Nebraska and across the nation. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Nov. 18 launched its Archery on Fire promotion to grow archery as an outdoor activity. It also has scheduled a shooting event Dec. 7. Archery on Fire builds upon the popularity of The Hunger Games books and movies. The first book in the trilogy was published in 2008. The second movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be released Nov. 21. …

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Chemical Treatment at Pawnee Targets Unwanted Fish

LINCOLN – A chemical was applied at Pawnee Lake in an attempt to remove unwanted white perch and gizzard shad from the fish population, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Rotenone typically is used to eliminate all fish from a body of water; however, a lower concentration of the chemical was applied Nov. 12-13 at Pawnee Lake. The chemical was applied in locations where white perch and gizzard shad, which compete with young sport fish, were concentrated. While …

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Bow Hunter Education Instructor Training Scheduled in Elba

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice bow hunter education instructors Dec. 13 in Elba. The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Elba Community Center, 519 12th St. Registration is required by Dec. 12. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov or visit huntsafenebraska.org.

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