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Apply for paddlefish snagging permit through July 14

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications may be made for Nebraska paddlefish snagging permits through July 14. Snagging of paddlefish and nongame fish is permitted Oct. 1-31 in the Missouri River from the Gavins Point Dam west of Yankton, South Dakota, downstream to the mouth of the Big Sioux River at mile marker 734, west of Sioux City, Iowa. All inland waters in Nebraska are closed to paddlefish harvest. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has authorized 1,520 permits for residents and …

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“Patriot Nations” exhibit on display at Fort Atkinson through Sept. 2

LINCOLN, Neb. – A traveling Smithsonian exhibit about the history of Native American veterans in the U.S. military is on display at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park through Sept. 2. “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” tells the story of the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major U.S. military encounter since the Revolutionary War. The 16-panel exhibit includes art, photography and …

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Girl Scouts invited to learn new outdoor skills during Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. – There are still spots available for Girl Scouts to take part in the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14 at various state recreation areas throughout Nebraska. Several state recreation areas including Fort Kearny, Lewis and Clark, Lake McConaughy and Wildcat Hills will offer free programming designed to help Girl Scouts and their families discover nature and challenge themselves to try new things. Activities are designed to encourage development of numerous outdoor skills and …

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Enjoy geocaching, American history at Niobrara State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Your adventures at Niobrara State Park could include a buffalo cookout, a unique portrayal of American history, and munching on s’mores while learning all about geocaching. On July 6, the park will host a buffalo cookout along with the Humanities Nebraska program “Corps of Discovery in Song and Story,” presented by Michael F. McDonald. Through original songs and stories, McDonald will lead a lively celebration of the challenges and adventures faced by the members of Lewis and …

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Enjoy family fun at Denton Prairie bioblitz July 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – Experience prairie wildlife and enjoy time together as a family at a bioblitz to be held July 13 at Denton Prairie. A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Attendees will have fun exploring the outdoors as they count as many living things as possible in three hours, with teams looking for birds, insects, plants and more. “Bioblitzes are a unique chance to …

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Drawdown set to begin at Powder Creek Reservoir in Dixon County

LINCOLN, Neb. – Water levels at Powder Creek Reservoir in Dixon County will begin to drop July 8 as the beginning of a project to restructure the lake’s fish population. The fishery has been dominated by small panfish in recent years. A drawdown to reduce the lake volume by 40% will crowd predator and prey species. The desired effect is higher predation on panfish, a reduction in the panfish population, and, in the near future, faster growing and larger fish. …

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Celebrate Independence Day with living history at Fort Atkinson

LINCOLN, Neb. – On July 6-7, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park will celebrate Independence Day with living history and several special features, including a Smithsonian exhibit and a Blackhawk helicopter static display on Saturday. Living history at Fort Atkinson includes blacksmiths, soldiers, laundresses, seamstresses and others portraying the world of the fort, complete with military drills, cannon firings and displays of period skills. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the volunteers. From noon to 3:30 p.m. on …

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Registration now open for Fourth Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament, which will take place Aug. 11 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., in Lincoln. The Director’s Cup is open to both serious archers and novices. The tournament uses a unique lake-of-the-woods format, in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline. Participants may register in one of 14 divisions, which include options for compound, recurve …

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications July 1-31

LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this fall may apply for access permits July 1-31. Nebraska Game and Parks will issue 200 authorization permits to allow deer hunters access to the area. The use of rimfire and centerfire weapons is prohibited at Gifford. Muzzleloaders are not allowed during the November firearm deer season. The access permit allows access to take deer with archery equipment from Sept. 1 through Jan. 15 and …

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Fort Robinson restaurant back to normal hours

CRAWFORD, Neb. – The restaurant at Fort Robinson State Park will return to its normal operating hours Saturday, June 29. The restaurant, located in the park’s headquarters, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It has been operating on an abbreviated schedule this month because of a staffing shortage.

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