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Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area reopen after flooding

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area has reopened to public use. The park was temporarily closed after sustaining damage during March flooding. “Fremont Lakes is an important and very popular place for many Nebraskans to spend time with family and friends,” said Jeff Fields, regional superintendent for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Our staff and many generous volunteers worked very hard to reopen this park in advance of the busy summer season.” While much of the park …

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Beckman is junior high champion at 50th Cornhusker Trapshoot

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Luke Beckman of Malcom 4-H broke 98 of 100 clay targets at 16 yards to win the junior high competition in the 50th Cornhusker Trapshoot on Thursday. Josie Lange of Karp & Krow 4-H (Burwell) had the girls’ highest score at 89. The girls’ top team was Raymond Central with a 323 of 500. Platte Valley Claybusters 4-H (Mitchell) was the top 4-H with a 453, and Sutton was the top junior high team with a 448. …

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Two Rivers SRA tentative reopening date set for May 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two Rivers State Recreation Area in Waterloo is tentatively expected to reopen to the public on May 15. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission temporarily closed the area after flooding damaged portions of the park in March. Also damaged was F Street, the road that provides access to the park. F Street reopened on May 2. The reopening of F Street will allow crews to more easily access the park to replace electrical pedestals and to repair …

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Fall 2018 turkey hunters report high satisfaction

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters expressed a high level of satisfaction with their 2018 fall turkey hunting experiences, according to a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission survey. Ninety-seven percent of respondents indicated they would return to Nebraska to hunt turkeys during a future fall season. Overall, 62 percent of hunters were satisfied or very satisfied with their fall turkey hunting experience in Nebraska, and 55 percent were satisfied with the number of turkeys they had seen while hunting. The survey results …

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Howe will try to win back-to-back Cornhusker Cups

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunter Howe of the Platte Valley Claybusters 4-H club will defend his Cornhusker Cup this week at the 50th Cornhusker Trapshoot. Nearly 2,400 students are expected to compete in the event May 2-4 on the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association in Doniphan, Nebraska. Howe won the overall title last year in a shoot-off. One of the other shooters he defeated in that shoot-off, Corden Novotny of Oak Creek 4-H, also returns. So do six others …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 18

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 18. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need to purchase a fishing or park entry permit for the day. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, held annually in Nebraska on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend, means anyone can explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations. Camping, lodging …

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Women’s archery events scheduled in May

LINCOLN, Neb. – Take your archery skills to a new level with the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program’s archery classes in May at Platte River State Park. Classes are May 1, 8 and 15 at 6 p.m. Each class will have a different topic. The cost is $10 a class. In addition, the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will host a Ladies’ Lunch and Lessons Beginning Archery program May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. These sessions …

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Commission approves deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2019 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons at its meeting April 24 at Ponca State Park. The most significant approved changes to Commission orders for big game include: — Addition of a second antlerless whitetail bonus tag in the Loup East and Loup East Season Choice Area units to increase antlerless whitetail harvest due to high densities. — Split of the Niobrara River elk unit in to East …

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Nebraska’s wildlife appears to have fared well through storm, flood

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s wildlife seems to have fared well overall in the wake of March’s blizzard and catastrophic flooding. While some individual animals likely died, some new habitat to benefit wildlife has been created. The full impact of the blizzard and flood, in many cases, won’t be known for some time. Upland Game – There likely were not many upland gamebird deaths because of the flooding, which occurred prior to the nesting season, as these birds are mobile and …

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River access for paddlers closed at lower Platte River park areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – River access for kayaks and canoes remains closed for safety reasons at Platte River State Park, Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Louisville State Recreation Area, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The lower Platte River along these park areas in Sarpy and Cass counties is experiencing above-normal flows.

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