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Commissioners prepare for full agenda at June meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Three public hearings will take place when the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meets June 22 in Gering. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. in the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St. The first hearing will allow for public input on the creation of regulations for the Killdeer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) sight-in range in Lancaster County, and the restriction of centerfire rifles or handguns on a portion of Bordeaux Creek WMA in Dawes County. Public …

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Grand opening set for Wildcat Hills Nature Center and Shooting Complex

The newly expanded and renovated Wildcat Hills Nature Center

GERING, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting the public to celebrate the completed construction at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center and Shooting Complex during a grand opening Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The festivities will begin just south of the nature center with remarks and a ribbon cutting by Commission officials and partners involved with the two projects. A free hot dog lunch will be available while supplies last, and guided tours and other activities …

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Chadron State Park celebrating 96th anniversary

CHADRON, Neb. — Chadron State Park will again celebrate its distinction as Nebraska’s first state park with its 96th anniversary Saturday, June 10. Activities will take place at various locations throughout the park beginning at 9 a.m. At the park’s group meeting facility, visitors can dine on a lunch of bison sloppy joes or hot dogs for 96 cents each – a price that goes up a penny a year to reflect the park’s age. The band Cheap Date will …

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Attend Carp-O-Rama June 17 at Branched Oak SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers of all ages interested in learning all aspects of carp fishing are invited to attend Carp-O-Rama on June 17 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA). This free event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lieber’s Point. Carp caught by anglers will be used in demonstrations on cleaning, preparing and cooking the fish. The cooked fish then will be served as a free lunch. Other activities include fish printing and Dutch oven cooking …

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Gov. Ricketts proclaims June 19-25 Nebraska Pollinator Week

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed that June 19-25 is Nebraska Pollinator Week. This special designation reminds Nebraskans of the importance of pollination to ecosystems, businesses, and people’s lives, while acknowledging the creatures that pollinate. In Nebraska, pollination from the animal kingdom can be credited to species of hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and flies. Lt. Gov. Mike Foley presented the signed proclamation to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologist Melissa Panella on June 7 in a ceremony …

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Private landowners may enroll in Open Fields and Waters

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologists will be actively enrolling private landowners in the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) Program in June. Through the OFW program, landowners can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting or fishing access on their properties. With roughly 97 percent of Nebraska’s land-base in private ownership, finding places to recreate continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing hunters and anglers. OFW helps ensure Nebraska’s rich outdoor heritage is carried forward …

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Big game draw permit application period begins June 12

LINCOLN, Neb. – Residents and nonresidents may apply for one 2017 Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning June 12, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on June 12. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 23. …

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Habitat tour scheduled June 15 at Alexandria

LINCOLN, Neb. – Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a habitat tour June 15 starting at the Alexandria Community Center in Alexandria, Nebraska. The tour will focus on grassland management activities that benefit quail and are adoptable to any grassland management system. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will begin on a private site that uses a fire-driven grazing system. A tour of Alexandria Wildlife Management Area will follow, with a …

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Enjoy outdoor events at Fremont Lakes SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy nature’s wonders at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area (SRA) throughout June. Events include: – June 7: Meet the Birds of Fremont Lakes, 7:30 a.m. Hike out with the naturalist for a guided bird tour. – June 9: Full Moon on the Rise, 9 p.m. Learn about moon phases and watch the full moon rise over the lake. – June 17: Photography Hike, 7 p.m. Share photography tips and hike to capture the perfect shot. – June …

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Meat processors may apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN, Neb. – Meat processors have until July 1 to apply for participation in the 2017 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The application form and program guidelines are available at http://outdoornebraska.gov/hhh under Participating Processors. Game and Parks will accept applications for participation in any or all of the Nebraska 2017-2018 deer hunting seasons. Game and Parks will contact eligible applicants by July 31, …

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