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Bighorn sheep captures aid research

CHADRON, Neb. — Bighorn sheep in the Panhandle are sporting some new hardware this week thanks to the work of a helicopter capture crew, wildlife professionals and volunteers. South Dakota State University joined the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in capturing and processing a total of 44 sheep Thursday, Friday and Saturday — 28 in the Wildcat Hills near McGrew and 16 at three locations in the Pine Ridge near Chadron and Crawford. Wildlife professionals have ramped up monitoring efforts …

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Game and Parks accepting grant applications for projects promoting outdoor recreation through new online portal

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is now accepting grant applications for 2020 to promote outdoor recreation facilities and amenities for political subdivision parks and outdoor recreation areas through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations and to provide money to governments to purchase land, water and wetlands to benefit all. The primary source of revenue for …

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Applicants to see changes to archery paddlefish process

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14. Applicants will notice some changes in the application process this year. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. Mail applications must be received in Game and Parks’ Lincoln office by 5 p.m. and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 14. A person must be 12 years old by June 1 to apply for an …

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Many Rainwater Basin wetlands appear to have lost water

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Many Rainwater Basin wetlands observed during a survey Feb. 12 appear to have lost some water since late fall, but overall conditions still are generally good, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The estimate of water conditions was done when the most of the wetlands were covered with ice, so conditions likely will change as the wetlands thaw. The Light Goose Conservation Order currently is open and will close April 5 in the Rainwater Basin …

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Read the Rocks event at Schramm on April 4

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Come to the Reading the Rocks event at Schramm Park State Recreation Area on April 4 and learn about the geology of the area. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., experts will be at the park’s Geological Display to guide guests on a journey through 300 million years of history at the outcrop. They will talk about how layers of rock can teach us about geological events that shape our planet, climate trends and organisms that lived …

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Addition made to proposed waterfowl zone changes for 2021-2022

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission still is seeking input on proposed changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries for the 2021-2022 hunting seasons. Additional proposed changes for dark (Canada) goose units have been made in Boone and Wheeler counties. Also, an updated map clarifies proposed duck zone boundary changes in Merrick and Hamilton counties. To view the maps, find more information and provide input, visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/DuckGooseZones. Hunters can download maps and follow instructions provided to …

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Tax season provides opportunity to support Nebraska wildlife conservation

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans receiving a tax refund this year have an opportunity to support wildlife and habitat conservation. On Line 45 of the Nebraska state income tax form, individuals may donate all or part of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, which helps thousands of species in Nebraska, particularly those that are rare, endangered or threatened. Tax refund donations have benefited many species over the years, including the river otter, swift fox, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, …

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Nebraska Game and Parks’ 2019 annual report now available online

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s 2019 annual report is available online. The report includes achievements and challenges overcome, including rebounding from devastating flooding at many Game and Parks properties. It also details the agency’s efforts to recruit more outdoorsmen and women, response to wildlife depredation issues, fish and wildlife research, education and outreach efforts, and providing statewide opportunities for hunters, anglers and park visitors. Outdoor recreation is important to our quality of life in Nebraska. Hunting, …

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Encounter spring migration at Ponca SP’s Marsh Madness

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the spring migration and participate in a variety of programs during Marsh Madness at Ponca State Park (SP) on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Located on the Missouri River, Ponca SP presents a significant flyway for migratory birds, and has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as an “Important Bird Area.” Common springtime sightings include pintail courtship displays and whirlwinds of snow geese, white-fronted geese, wood ducks and other …

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Hudson Lake back open to ice-fishing

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hudson Lake in Cherry County has reopened to ice-fishing. Hudson Lake, which is about 24 miles southwest of Valentine, is available for public recreation through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Open Fields and Waters Program. The lake is open to ice-fishing until March 1, 2020. Hudson Lake had been temporarily closed because of weather-related deteriorating road conditions.

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