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Hunters may enter lottery for deer hunting access on the Central Platte River

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access (PRRA) lands in the central Platte River Valley. According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 47 hunters will be chosen from a random drawing in early October and allowed to hunt deer on designated PRRA lands Nov. 16-18. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or in person at the Game and Parks service center in Kearney …

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Weight of catfish Walter correctly guessed

LINCOLN, Neb. – Logan Maring and Wesley Beavers know their catfish. Each correctly guessed the exact weight of Walter, the flathead catfish, in a contest by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission during the Nebraska State Fair. Walter weighed 47 pounds, 7 ounces. In guessing the weight, Maring, of Grand Island, won the adult division and Beavers, 5, of Collins, Iowa, won the youth division. Two youth entries picked the exact weight, so the winner was drawn randomly. Maring and …

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West entrance to Yankee Hill WMA open again

LINCOLN, Neb. – The west entrance to Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lancaster County has reopened now that high water has receded. Heavy rains last week had flooded the WMA’s entrance road at W. Yankee Hill Road and SW 56th St. Caution should be used following heavy rains when trying to access any WMA or other property of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in southeast Nebraska because of potentially dangerous water conditions in low-lying areas.

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Memphis Lake boat ramp closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Memphis Lake in Saunders County is closed temporarily because of low water. The lake has been drawn down to facilitate a wetland restoration project, and large rocks at the end of the boat ramp have been exposed. The wetland restoration project, a joint effort of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Environmental Trust and Ducks Unlimited, is expected to improve wildlife habitat, increase wetland management capabilities, and improve hunter access. The project …

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Four state fish records recently certified

LINCOLN, Neb. – Four state fish records recently were certified by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Three records were for underwater spearfishing and one for rod and reel. They are: – Mike Ban of Elbert, Colo., speared a 30-pound, 7-ounce bigmouth buffalo June 27 at a private sandpit in Dawson County. – Ryan Malo of Cheyenne, Wyo., speared a 16-pound, 2-ounce wiper July 1 at Lake McConaughy in Keith County. – Ryan Reynolds of Lexington speared an 8-pound, 12-ounce …

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Smallbore Silhouette Invitational set for Sept. 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Young rifle shooters will compete for trophies and medals at the annual Smallbore Silhouette Invitational on Sept. 29 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This free competition is for ages 11 and older who have passed hunter education but not yet graduated from high school. Proof of hunter education is required. Competitors, who will shoot steel silhouette targets, will be grouped in classes according to age, rifle weight, sight type and experience level. There will be individual …

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Willow Creek, Rockford lakes on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County and Rockford Lake in Gage County are on health alert. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in both lakes. Visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford Lake state recreation areas (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners …

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Sensory Safari to be held at Lincoln Children’s Zoo

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln Children’s Zoo and Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired will provide students with disabilities a chance to engage in science exploration through sight, sound, touch, and smell at Sensory Safari. Sensory Safari, scheduled Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-noon at Lincoln Children’s Zoo, is an annual event that engages students with special needs throughout eastern Nebraska in educational stations focused on wildlife, nature and …

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge set for Oct. 13 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Young hunter education graduates are invited to test their skills in a fun, practical competition Oct. 13 at Platte River State Park. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge offers participants the chance to hone their shooting skills and learn more about wildlife, survival skills and hunter responsibility. This free competition is for youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed hunter education and not yet graduated from high school. Proof of hunter education certification is required. It …

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High river flows close Riverview Marina SRA, Indian Cave SP boat ramp

LINCOLN, Neb. – Riverview Marina State Recreation Area (SRA) in Nebraska City and the boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park near Shubert are closed to the public until further notice due to high flows from the Missouri River. In addition, the high water from heavy recent rains have put the boat ramps out of service at Wagon Train and Bluestem SRAs in Lancaster County. Those areas and Louisville SRA in Cass County are experiencing lowland flooding. Water levels can …

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