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Pretty Fake

When I started chasing gobblers in the spring very few people used them. Now many feel naked if they walk into the field without a turkey decoy or three. I hunted several years before getting my first fake which was made of foam and looked more looney tunes than lonely hen.  But I put her to use with some great results. In the (over) two decades that have passed since then turkey decoys have changed – a lot.  As manufacturing …

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Cycles of Success

What I am about to tell you may be used by some to justify the next purchase of a rifle, bow or shotgun.   You may want to tape this to the refrigerator as soon as you read it.   But I guarantee you that, if you are a shooting sports enthusiast, hunter or angler, you will swell up with pride.  How the funding for the greates conservation model the world has ever known all came together to provide us the hunting, fishing and …

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Game and Parks Commission to begin Walleye Egg Collection

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to begin collecting adult, spawning walleyes in late March. The Commission plans to collect approximately 76 million eggs to meet the 2015 stocking requests. Anglers should be aware that Game and Parks staff will begin collecting walleyes the night of March 30 at Sherman Reservoir, and they will need to avoid Commission boats and nets. Starting on April 1, a designated area along the dam will be closed to both bank …

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Turkey Time

Nebraska may be the best place for the turkey hunter.  The spring season kicked off this morning – 30 minutes before sunrise – with archery.  Just over two weeks from now on April 11, turkey-chasers 15 yrs and under can break out the shotguns.  A week after on April 18, the rest of us can, too.  All spring seasons run through May 31. With healthy bird populations and some great opportunities on many state Wildlife Management Areas and land enrolled …

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Private Archery Instruction Offered at Outdoor Education Center

LINCOLN – Private instruction for beginner or novice archers is available in the indoor archery range at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The center has a pro staff available to provide everything from setting up or tuning a new bow to archery lessons. These private sessions are available at $30 per hour by reservation only. Email the center, located at 4703 N. 44th St., at ngpc.outdoored@nebraska.gov to make an appointment.

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Game and Parks Announces Spring Trout Stocking Schedule

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month. The schedule, subject to change depending on conditions, includes date, location and quantity (times are approximate): March 10 – Gracie Creek Pond, 1,000 March 17 – Bridgeport State Recreation Area (SRA) northwest pit, 1,400; Morrill middle pit, 450; Morrill north pit, 1,350 March 19 – Rock Creek Lake, 1,000; Fremont SRA No. 2, 3,750; Eugene T. …

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Critter Calling

I seem to always dust off the rimfire guns in late winter. I get out the 22 mag revolver or 17 hmr rifle and head to the woods in search of critters that will come to the call. Coon calling is one of my favorite things to do and we still have until the end of February  to get out and give it a try. These guys can be easy to call in at times and provide loads of fun …

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February Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February: Feb. 1 – White-fronted goose hunting season closes Feb. 1 – Archery 101: Know Your Bow: Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141 Feb. 1 – Super Bowl Sunday Mini-Lodge Package, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 Feb. 4 – Prescribed Burn Training workshop, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, 9 …

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A New Addiction Returns

In my college days I tagged along with a couple of good friends, Scot & Deven, as they worked their trap lines and worked nuisance animal control jobs.  Not only was this a chance to be outdoors with my buddies, it gave me an appreciation for the time and effort they put into the process.  They truly loved the challenge of out-thinking the critters they were after.  It definitely was not the money that kept them interested.  At the time …

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Commission to Consider Grants for Outdoor Recreation Projects

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider grant award recommendations for the 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program at its Jan. 15 meeting in Lincoln. The program provides funding for community outdoor recreation projects across Nebraska. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ball fields, soccer fields, picnic facilities, playgrounds, park acquisition and development, shelter houses, trails and related support facilities. The program provides reimbursable matching grants for 50 percent of project costs. …

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