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Morel Mile, 5K at Indian Cave State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Indian Cave State Park will host the Morel Mile and 5K Run on April 20. Both runs start at 8 a.m., with registration open at 7 a.m. The cost is $15 if registering by April 15 and $20 after. A T-shirt is included. Call the park at 402-883-2575.

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March Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 2 – Youth Fishing Instructor Certification Workshop, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9 a.m., 402-332-3901 March 2-3 – Marsh Madness, Ponca State Park (SP), 402-755-2284 March 6 – Project WILD Workshop, Henzlik Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 900 N. 16th St., 5 p.m., 402-471-5581 March 8 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners Meeting, Fairfield Inn and Suites, 510 Talmadge St., …

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Hunter Education Instructor Training Scheduled in Norfolk

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice firearm hunter education instructors March 12 in Norfolk. The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave. Register by March 11. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov or visit huntsafenebraska.org.

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Private Pond Owners Encouraged to Report Winter Fish Kills

LINCOLN, Neb. – Private pond owners are encouraged to report severe winter fish kills to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission following ice-out. Winter fish kills occur when oxygen levels fall too low to support fish under the ice. Ice prevents the direct absorption of oxygen from the atmosphere, so oxygen produced by plant photosynthesis is crucial. Oxygen levels drop because of plant decomposition and respiration by aquatic organisms. Shallow ponds with heavy vegetation are particularly susceptible. Once the ice …

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Southwest Focus on Pheasants Wins Conservation Award

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Southwest Focus on Pheasants Partnership was given the Wildlife Conservationist of the Year award on Feb. 2 in Kearney. It was presented by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever (PF) for outstanding efforts promoting the ideals of conservation and working in a partnership. The award was presented at the PF state habitat meeting. The Southwest Focus on Pheasants, formed in 2010 to improve pheasant hunting by creating more and better habitat, encompasses more …

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Blue Lake Trail Temporarily Closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – Officials have temporarily closed access to Blue Lake in Garden County because vehicle traffic has begun to make a mess of the 2.7-mile sandy trail that leads anglers to water. “The trail has gotten hit pretty hard this year with ice fishermen. It is in pretty rough shape,” said Joe Rydell, a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s northwest district office at Alliance. “To prevent it from deteriorating any further, we’re shutting it down …

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Mountain Lion Shot in Sheridan County

LINCOLN, Neb. – A mountain lion was shot and killed in the Pine Ridge in northern Sheridan County on Feb. 8 after the landowner’s attempts to scare off the cat failed, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The owner’s children had noticed a partially eaten white-tailed deer lying in the grass near some outbuildings on the property. A short time later, the owner saw from his house a mountain lion on the deer kill. Attempts by the family …

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Officials Urge Caution After ATVs Break Through Ice

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials are urging anglers to take caution after two all-terrain vehicles broke through the ice and became submerged at Cottonwood-Steverson Lake on Feb. 4. Conservation officer Heath Packett of Gordon said two ATVs carrying three riders broke through the ice on the northeast corner of Cottonwood Lake in Cherry County. He said each of the riders safely escaped from the frigid water, which is about 8 feet deep at the location of …

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Family Fishing Events Scheduled for 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – A full schedule of Family Fishing Events has been scheduled for 2013 by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These events give families and novice anglers the opportunity to try fishing in a fun, educational environment. All regulations regarding permits and limits apply, but participants will have access to loaner fishing equipment. Bait and instruction also will be available. The following is a list of events, which begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted: April 29 – …

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Hunter Education Instructor Training Scheduled in North Platte

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice firearm hunter education instructors Feb. 26 in North Platte. The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. at Game and Parks’ southwest district office, 301 E. State Farm Road. Register by Feb. 25. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or mike.streeter@nebraska.gov or visit huntsafenebraska.org.

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