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Ten-year-old Mitchell crowned champion of Director’s Cup

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ten-year-old Hayden Mitchell of Lincoln won the Fourth Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 11 in a head-to-head final-arrow competition. The Director’s Cup is a fun and challenging competition of archers of all skill levels and features a unique “Lake of the Woods” format. Targets are set in 5-yard increasing distances, and archers shoot three arrows at each target for a possible 600 points. Archers shoot 30 arrows in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. The …

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5K Fun Run set for Aug. 24 at Danish Alps SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Runners of all ages are invited to take part in the Hubbard Hoot Owl Days 5K Fun Run at Danish Alps State Recreation Area on Aug. 24. The 8 a.m. race is set on a course of crushed rock that winds around Kramper Lake. The run is held in conjunction with Hubbard Hoot Owl Days, which features numerous family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. Registration is $25 for adults, $20 for students ages 18 and under, and free …

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Limited number of paddlefish snagging permits available for purchase

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska residents will be able to purchase 2019 paddlefish snagging permits that were forfeited during the paddlefish snagging permit draw. The permits will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Twenty permits are available. Paddlefish snagging season is Oct. 1-31. Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org or in-person at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices. Find an office near you at …

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New trout stream section to improve habitats near Mitchell

MITCHELL, Neb. – Anglers, fish and a diverse set of wildlife will soon enjoy a new stretch of trout stream in the western Panhandle. Construction is underway to add nearly three-quarters of a mile of trout stream on Dry Spotted Tail Creek just west of Mitchell in Scotts Bluff County. The new stream section, which is being constructed to receive water from the creek’s existing straightened channel, will result in new wetland habitat for many aquatic species and terrestrial wildlife …

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Migratory game bird hunters must register for HIP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters of migratory game birds are reminded of their requirement to register for the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Register for the free program at OutdoorNebraska.gov/HIP. HIP registration is required of residents age 16 and older and all nonresidents who plan to hunt migratory game birds in Nebraska between Aug. 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. These birds are doves, ducks, geese, snipe, rail, coots and woodcock. Among those who must register in Nebraska are hunters registered in …

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Great Park Pursuit offers additional incentive to participants

LINCOLN, Neb. – There is still time to sign up a team for the 2019 Great Park Pursuit – or to get your team out to this year’s locations. As extra encouragement, all teams that submit a park visit through the mobile app or by mailing in a rubbing sheet by Aug. 26 will receive an entry for one of two Fitbits, provided by the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association. The Great Park Pursuit is a free program in which participating …

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Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors to accept deer donations starting Sept. 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin donating deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program beginning Sept. 1 at 11 processor locations around the state. Two additional processors will accept deer for the program starting Nov. 1 and Nov. 16. Hunters pay no processing costs for deer accepted by processors for this donation-driven program. The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Ground venison is distributed by charitable organizations to Nebraskans in need. Hunters should first talk with …

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Mormon Island SRA to reopen at 5 p.m. Aug. 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mormon Island State Recreation Area is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. It had closed the day before so crews could clean up tree damage from a storm. While the park’s roads and campgrounds will reopen, parts of the area will remain closed to the public while cleanup operations continue. Campground reservations for the coming weekend are still valid. A park entry permit is required at Mormon Island, located 3 miles north of Doniphan …

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Squirrel season a great introduction for novice hunters

LINCOLN, Neb. – Small game, such as squirrel, is a great way to introduce novices to hunting. Skills, equipment and licensing are more basic than other types of hunting. Squirrel season – Aug. 1 through Jan. 31, 2020 – is the first of Nebraska’s fall hunting seasons. This leaves the hunting woods available to novices and their mentors. “Squirrel is one of the most easily accessible and feasible species to pursue in the state,” Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Hunter …

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Mormon Island SRA temporarily closed because of storm damage

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mormon Island State Recreation Area is temporarily closed because of damage caused by a storm early Aug. 7. Winds of 87 mph and damaging hail were reported in the area of the park, located 3 miles north of Doniphan in Hall County, and surrounding communities. Mormon Island is closed to public access until park staff can clear roadways and remove dangerous trees from the area.

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