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Spring Park campground at Lake McConaughy reopens

LINCOLN – The Spring Park primitive campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area has reopened. The campground was closed for cleanup after it sustained storm damage Labor Day weekend. The National Weather Service estimated winds in the area of more than 65 mph, which caused significant tree and road damage. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees began cleanup of the area in mid-September. “This campground is popular with hunters, and our staff worked hard to get it cleaned up in …

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Fort Atkinson SHP to host deer processing class

LINCOLN – Learn all aspects of deer processing during a hands-on, three-part class at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. The class will cover field care and curing on Oct. 23, sausage making on Dec. 4 and fresh venison cooking on Dec. 11. Cure Cooking of Fort Calhoun will lead the class, which costs $35 per class or $90 for all three. Space is limited. To register, visit CureCooking.com/DeerClasses. Fort Atkinson is located seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near …

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Special deer hunts at Mahoney SP, Platte River SP, Schramm Park SRA

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering special antlerless deer hunting opportunities within Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks (SP), as well as Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA). Successful applicants will be issued a special access permit that allows them to hunt antlerless deer in designated areas of a park on certain dates, using specific equipment. Successful applicants and interested alternates must attend an orientation session in order to receive the access permit. Applications, …

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Trout stockings rescheduled in south-central Nebraska

LINCOLN – Several rainbow trout stockings in south-central Nebraska have been rescheduled by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The stocking of 10-inch trout will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. Holdrege City Lake, 2,000 trout; Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA) No. 6, Kearney, 1,200, trout; and Windmill SRA No. 2, Gibbon, 600 trout, will be stocked Oct 24 instead of Oct. 6. Oxford City Lake, 300 trout; Lexington City Lake, 750 trout; and Elm Creek, Red Cloud, …

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Fort Hartsuff SHP to host fundraiser and Jesse James presentation Oct. 9

LINCOLN – Enjoy a buffalo stew dinner and presentation about Confederate guerrilla Jesse James at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on Oct. 9. Humanities Nebraska speaker Jeff Barnes will present “A Bad Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska” at 3 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a buffalo stew dinner in the enlisted men’s barracks. The dinner is by ticket only. Tickets are $15 each. Purchase your …

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Nebraska’s Other Corn: A-CORNS!

I was down in Nebraska City the other weekend for the Apple Jack Festival. I never pass up a chance to climb a tree and there is nothing like picking your own apples from trees rooted in Nebraska soil.  This got me thinking about all the other Nebraska fall treasures I might be under-utilizing.  As I was pondering my many life questions, I felt myself suddenly slipping backwards. I had stepped on a large, round acorn which caught me off …

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Public Invited to Plant Trees at Chadron State Park

CHADRON — Boy Scouts are inviting the public to help plant 3,000 trees at Chadron State Park on Saturday, Oct. 8. Volunteers for the project are encouraged to arrive at the park’s campground at 7:30 a.m. for instructions. The planting is expected to wrap up by 2 p.m. and will conclude with a meal. For more information, contact Jim Schmitt of the Boy Scouts at 308-249-1195 or the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at 308-432-6190.

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Bioblitz Coming to Chadron State Park

CHADRON — The public is invited to join Chadron State Park’s first Bioblitz, a 24-hour program Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The park’s group event facility will serve as headquarters for the more than dozen surveys and activities, which are scheduled to take place at locations throughout the park. The free event will allow participants both young and old to discover and celebrate western Nebraska wildlife. A bioblitz is an event where members of the public become “citizen scientists” …

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October outdoor calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in October. Get more details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland Oct. 1 – Advance tickets sales begin for Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 8 a.m. Oct. 1 – Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor …

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Celebrate Halloween at a state park

LINCOLN – Make your Halloween truly memorable this year and celebrate at a state park. Throughout October, Nebraska state parks and recreation areas will host more than a dozen Halloween events filled to the brim with fun for the whole family. Events will feature activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and haunted trails and hayrack rides. At many sites, those staying at a park campground can participate in campground decorating contests. To see a full list of events, …

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