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Youth hunters invited to Youth Hunter Education Challenge at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. — Youth over the age of 11 who have successfully completed hunter education are invited to take part in Nebraska’s state Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, will allow youth to compete for prizes in a simulated hunting experience. The event, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, will help youth build their skills, get real-world hunting experience and learn about hunter safety and …

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Bioblitz returning to Chadron State Park

Bioblitz presentation

CHADRON — The public is invited to join Chadron State Park’s second annual Bioblitz on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30. The park’s group event facility will serve as headquarters for the more than dozen surveys and activities, which will take place at locations throughout the park. The free event will allow participants young, old and in-between to discover and celebrate western Nebraska wildlife. A bioblitz is an event where members of the public become “citizen scientists” and work with biologists …

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October outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Statehood: A New Beginning, Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (SHP), Fairbury Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Wheels of Transportation, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Youth waterfowl hunting season in Zones 2 and 4 …

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Public invited to Ponca SP design charrette open house Oct. 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house at Ponca State Park (SP) on Oct. 11 to take public input on the design charrette for the park. The open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center. A design charrette is a planning session where citizens and stakeholders collaborate on the vision of a development project. The design team will host the open house following …

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Commission study shows whooping crane migration is changing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Endangered whooping cranes are migrating earlier in spring and later in fall, according to a newly published study by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. The study reveals that since 1942 spring migration of whooping cranes occurs as many as 22 days earlier in spring and about 21 days later in fall. “Our study confirms casual observations that the timing of whooping crane migration is changing,” said Joel …

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Gov. Ricketts proclaims Sept. 23 National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Sportsmen and sportswomen have contributed greatly to Nebraska’s outdoor heritage. To honor them, Gov. Pete Ricketts on Wednesday signed a proclamation dedicating Sept. 23 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska. For more than four decades, National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day has recognized America’s hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. NHF Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains an effective grassroots effort to promote the outdoor sports and …

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Fall can be productive time for fishing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Some of the best fishing of the year can occur in the fall, when fish actively feed to prepare for the coming winter. Many of those feeding fish are beginning to develop eggs and milt for next spring’s spawn. The fall bite can be so good because those fish need the additional energy to spawn. Fall is one of the best times of year to catch some of the biggest, fattest fish. An abundance of natural prey …

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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple of feet above the …

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Citizen science educator workshop Nov. 19 in Hastings

LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators of younger students are invited to participate in a citizen science workshop Nov. 19 in Hastings. The workshop will be held at the Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave. Citizen science in the classroom provides opportunities for students to participate in real scientific investigations. Citizen science can inspire students to create meaningful connections to the natural world and help scientists gather data and monitor or interpret results to produce relevant research. Participants will receive an introduction …

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Become a vendor at Eugene T. Mahoney arts and craft show

LINCOLN, Neb. – Organizers of the River Valley Artisans and Craft Market, set for Nov. 11-12 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, are seeking vendors to display and sell handmade arts and craft items. This popular event, to be held at Peter Kiewit Lodge, offers vendors a unique opportunity to present their work to the public. Art from a wide variety of mediums is welcome. Past vendors have showcased jewelry, pottery, homemade jams and jellies, yard art, small furniture, digital …

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