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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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Entering the Twittersphere with LIVE Chat Oct. 8th

Lookout, Twitter followers, I will soon will be entering the Twittersphere! One week from today, on Wednesday, October 8th from Noon to 1 p.m. CST I am inviting you to engage in a LIVE Twitter chat with me. Now, during this time, you – the  Twitter follower, can ask me questions related to fall scenery, events happening in Nebraska’s State Parks and fall outdoor activities such as  fishing and hunting.  One of the things I’ll be offering up is advice on the best places to see fall …

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Turning 10: The Missouri River Outdoor Expo

More than 52,000 visitors in two days. Nearly 1,000 volunteers. Over 100 hands-on exhibits. Sixteen trolleys. Three locations in one park. Two world-record holders. One decade. As the Missouri River Outdoor Expo reaches a number of milestones, perhaps the most notable is the countless memories created each year at Ponca State Park. Located along the Missouri River near Ponca, the park transforms into a busy city – Nebraska’s fourth largest during the event – accommodating thousands of outdoor enthusiasts of …

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Carp-O-Rama

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) has many family fishing events across the state each year including two Carp-O-Rama events; one at Pawnee State Recreation Area (SRA) near Lincoln and Lake Maloney SRA south of North Platte, both provide a great opportunity for the public to get out and see what carp fishing is all about. Carp-O-Rama starts off with NGPC fisheries biologists chumming the lake with a corn mixture a couple days in advance to lure the big-scaled fish …

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Game and Parks’ Omaha Office Moves to Permanent Location

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha office is now open at its new, permanent location. The new office is at 8495 Frederick St., located about a quarter-mile north of Interstate 80. The Omaha office, with its central location, will continue to offer the same services as in the past. In late February, the office was temporarily located downtown at 1313 Farnam St.

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Carp Tour 2014

Last Saturday was our annual Carp-O-Rama carnival at Pawnee Reservoir.  A lot of folks came out and I hope they had a great time with us and maybe learned a thing or three along the way.  The fishing was slow.  We had a significant rainfall event overnight before the event and I wonder if the carp fishing might have been better at the upper end of the reservoir where there was some water flowing in? Regardless, if you were not …

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Throwback Thursday: Soccer on the American Frontier – Pig Bladder Ball

Today kicks off the World Cup Soccer competition with many of us watching the matches in Brazil. Throughout history humans have enjoyed kicking a ball or something like a ball in the great outdoors. On the American Frontier, pioneer families, many of whom who had hogs, had the custom of taking the airtight bladder membrane from butchered pigs, inflating it and tying it up to be batted and kicked around outside. It was primarily kids who would play a game outdoors with bladder membranes using their feet and …

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New Outdoor Education Center and Shooting Park – Grand Opening June 7th

It is finally here! The family shooting sports event of the year. June 7th will be the grand opening event for the new Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln at 4703 N 44th Street or 44th & Superior in Boosalis Park. From 10am – 4pm we will be open for families, shooters, and kids of all ages to come out and try flinging arrows on the new indoor 32 lane archery range (the largest one in Nebraska)! Join us in …

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Those Pesky Jakes

Now I know there is a large contingency of turkey chasers that feel a turkey is a turkey and will readily take a jake with ill effect to their psychy. Understand I have nothing against them. I like jakes. Heck, my dog is named Jake. But true to their upbringing, jakes can screw up a hunt like nobody’s business. Jakes are like a gange of teenagers. Young adolescent birds that hang out together. By themselves they are not much threat …

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Respect the Snows

It is just human nature I guess. We take out the stops, bag limits, shell limits, equipment limits and, over time, we seem to value something less. Sometimes, I think that is the case for the snow goose. Don’t get me wrong…I love to chase these critters as much as anyone but after a few years of chasing these birds I have come to a new level of respect. To say the snow goose is an intelligent bird is to …

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