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Larger Walleye, Northern Pike Stocked in Many Nebraska Waters

LINCOLN, Neb. – While many anglers associate October with rainbow trout stocking in Nebraska, other fish are being stocked, as well. The Calamus and North Platte fish hatcheries have raised 7- to 9-inch walleye and 12-inch northern pike. These species are typically stocked at fingerling size, but they were grown to an advanced size to increase chances of survival. Advanced walleyes have been stocked in Branched Oak Reservoir, Buckskin Hills Lake, Cottonmill Lake, Holmes Lake, Leigh Lake, Maskenthine Reservoir, Morman …

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reopen Waterfowl Production Areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – According to a news release issued today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Waterfowl Production Areas will remain open. In the announcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that due to the ongoing lapse in Congressional appropriations, the decision was made to close all facilities and lands to public use. The closure came at an extremely difficult time with hunting seasons just underway, fall migratory bird migrations at their peak, and hundreds of communities forced to …

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Nebraska Fall Trout Stockings Have Begun

LINCOLN, Neb. – The fall stocking of catchable-size rainbow trout in Nebraska has begun. These 10-inch fish are being stocked in urban and park waters across the state to provide fishing opportunities throughout the winter. “These rainbow trout that are being stocked are relatively easy to catch and are in waters easily accessible to a lot of youth and beginning anglers,” said Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “We encourage experienced anglers to …

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Access Road to Wagon Train SRA Boat Ramp to Reopen Oct. 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – The access road to the boat ramp at Wagon Train State Recreation Area in Lancaster County will reopen Friday, Oct. 11 and the ramp will be available. Crews have cleaned up those areas after an Oct. 3 storm downed numerous trees and destroyed structures. The other areas closed due to the storm will remain closed while cleanup continues.

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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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