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Larger channel catfish stocked for youth to catch

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is giving young anglers in southeastern Nebraska an opportunity to catch some larger channel catfish. Game and Parks later this week is stocking approximately 25 cats at Platte River State Park’s Jenny Newman Pond near Louisville and 200 fish at Bowling Lake in Lincoln. The fish range from 2 to 9 pounds in weight. “There are very limited numbers of fish this large that can be produced in Nebraska state fish …

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Summer is great time to take hunter education

LINCOLN, Neb. – Summer – well ahead of hunting seasons – is a great time to obtain hunter education certification. Although classes are available year-round, most traditional classroom courses and Hunt Safe Sessions are offered in the fall and spring. Mid-August through mid-November is packed with course offerings throughout the state. February and March also offer many classes. Firearm and bowhunter education covers the safety aspects of firearms and archery equipment, as well as the conservation management and ethics that …

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Super Tag lottery permits drawn

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mindell Rethwisch of Elkhorn and Troy Stonacek of Lincoln have been drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission drew the names July 13. Thomas Hruby of Unadilla and Keith Chipman of Lakewood, California, have been drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits. The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2017 and 2018. The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one …

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Education center closures scheduled during Cornhusker State Games

LINCOLN, Neb. – Portions of the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be closed to public use on upcoming weekends as it hosts Cornhusker State Games’ archery and shooting competitions. The center’s indoor archery range will be closed July 22. The outdoor archery range will be closed until 3 p.m. on July 22-23 and until 5 p.m. on July 29-30. The indoor firearm range will be closed July 23. Spectators are welcome to observe competitions. Cornhusker …

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Man hospitalized after personal watercraft collide at Calamus SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 40-year-old man was hospitalized when a personal watercraft he was operating collided with another personal watercraft July 15 at Calamus State Recreation Area. A 29-year-old man, who was operating the second personal watercraft, was charged with boating under the influence and reckless operation in connection with the incident, which happened just before 6 p.m. west of Little York Point on Calamus Reservoir. Witnesses told investigators that both operators were weaving their craft back and forth when …

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications through July 31

LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this season may apply for access permits through July 31, according to Neal Van Winkle of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Van Winkle, the Gifford Point WMA manager, said 200 authorization permits will be issued to allow deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply, hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth …

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Game and Parks accepting Trout in the Classroom applications

LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications are being accepted until July 31 for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Trout in the Classroom curriculum program. Certified teachers are encouraged to take part in this innovative program that brings a fish hatchery into the classroom. Students learn about aquatic habitat, water quality, ecosystem interactions, food webs and life cycles while hatching and raising rainbow trout. The program, which began in 2013, is active in 62 classrooms across the state. Scholarship funding is available …

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Ranger programs ramping up at Fort Robinson, Chadron state parks

CHADRON, Neb. – A series of ranger programs is ramping up at Fort Robinson State Park and Chadron State Park this week. The educational programs, which address a wide variety of nature and history topics, are produced as a collaboration between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and the U.S. Forest Service’s Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center. The events at Chadron State Park will be at the Trading Post. Those at Fort Robinson will convene …

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Wildcat Hills Bioblitz identifies 141 species

Young "citizen scientists"

GERING, Neb. – Participants of the Wildcat Hills Bioblitz at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering observed 141 species of plants, animals and insects Friday night and Saturday morning, July 7-8. About 70 volunteers became “citizen scientists” in taking a survey of the area from 1 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday. Amber Schiltz of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies said good fortune came to the event from the start as a wild six-lined racerunner, a small lizard species, …

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Temporary campsite closure scheduled at Niobrara SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Standard and tent campsites at Niobrara State Park will close for road construction July 11 and reopen July 13 at 3 p.m. Contractors will mill the road cracks on the bottom of the 3-mile loop and mill the top half for paving. The RV campground will be fog-coated during this same period, and the road from the park entrance booth to the RV campground will be milled and resurfaced. Contact the park for more information at 402-857-3373.

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