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Prescribed fire workshops scheduled in January

LINCOLN, Neb. – A series of workshops across the state will provide information for completing safe and effective prescribed fires. These workshops are for landowners, resource professionals, volunteer fire departments and others interested in burning. No experience is required. Workshops, scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will be held Jan. 15 at the Red Cloud Community Center, Jan. 16 at Lincoln’s Lancaster County University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Jan. 17 at Thedford’s Upper Loup Natural Resources District (NRD), Jan. 21 at Scottsbluff’s …

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Holmes Lake ice-fishing event canceled

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has canceled the Discover Ice-Fishing Clinic scheduled for Jan. 11 at Holmes Lake in Lincoln because of a lack of safe ice. It will not be rescheduled. A similar event is scheduled for Jan. 19 at Kearney’s Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Lake No. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon. While the event has not been canceled yet, conditions do not appear promising. These clinics are for young or new anglers to gain …

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Commission proposes changes to Lake McConaughy camping

LINCOLN, Neb. – A public informational open house will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center and Water Interpretive Center regarding proposed changes to visitor management at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. The open house is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Mountain Time. Caring for natural resources and providing exceptional opportunities for safe and fun recreation are top priorities for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas (SRAs) hosted an …

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Road damage prompts temporary closure of Hudson Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hudson Lake in Cherry County is temporarily closed because of deteriorating road conditions. Warmer temperatures in recent days have prompted melting snow with runoff causing damage to the access road. 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. Conditions will be assessed on a weekly basis to determine the lake’s reopening.

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Game and Parks Commission reports results of chronic wasting disease testing

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has tallied the results of its sampling efforts for chronic wasting disease in deer during the November 2019 firearm season, and the results show the presence of chronic wasting disease in Howard County of central Nebraska for the first time. Game and Parks conducted chronic wasting disease sampling at deer check stations in northwestern and northeastern Nebraska during the firearm deer season by removing lymph nodes for testing. Deer that tested …

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Spring turkey permits available Jan. 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2020 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 13. Nebraska offers the best turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. Nebraska offers birds in every county of the state. The state also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, great public access and $8 permits for youth. Wild turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy high success rates. In the spring, hunters can purchase as many as three permits, …

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Changes to sport fishing orders take effect Jan. 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers should be aware of changes to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission sport fishing orders that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The changes pertain to daily bag limits, possession limits, length limits and open areas. The changes are: Trout – The daily bag and possession limits on cutthroat trout change from five and 12, respectively, to two and four, respectively, and only one fish in the bag can be 12 inches or longer. Cutthroats do not …

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Duck season dates incorrectly stated in Small Game and Waterfowl Guide

LINCOLN, Neb. – Duck and coot season dates are incorrectly stated on page 6 of the 2019-2020 Small Game and Waterfowl Guide. The dates are correctly stated on page 19 of the same guide. The list of duck and coot hunting season dates on page 6 incorrectly omit the Low Plains and High Plains unit distinctions for Zones 2 and 3. The correct season dates for duck and coot seasons are: Zone 1 — Oct. 12 – Dec. 24, 2019; …

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Fish salvage declared for Valentine NWR’s Hackberry Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has declared a fish salvage for Hackberry Lake on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge south of Valentine from Dec. 20, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. The lake was scheduled to have its existing fish population renovated during 2019 as part of an Aquatic Habitat Project to eliminate common carp on the refuge. However, the renovation was not completed due to wet conditions and unsuitable water levels. Fish salvages are implemented to …

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Schramm Education Center hosting Christmas Bird Count for Kids Jan. 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get the family outdoors, learn about wildlife and contribute to science Jan. 3 at the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, hosted by the Schramm Education Center. Staff will lead families on bird walks and bird feeder watches, help tally results and share them with the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count project. The Christmas Bird Count is a 119-year-old event where bird lovers of all ages and skill levels count all the birds they can see …

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