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News Items Before Holiday Weekend

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There are a couple, three, water-related, fishing, boating news items I want to mention, spread the word about, before this holiday weekend. Goose Lake WMA Open in Time for Memorial Day Weekend LINCOLN – Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located southeast of Chambers in Holt County, will reopen to public access beginning May 28. The area had been closed earlier this spring while the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission treated the lake to suppress the growth and spread of …

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I Am Hunter

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I want to blog one more time about our spring turkey season.  Consider this to be my epilogue blog.  Ha. My kids and I had a great turkey season this spring.  I know I say that every spring, but I especially felt that way this spring.  Sure, we all punched tags with 2-year old, mature Toms, and believe me success is a big part of it, but I just felt like I got even more enjoyment out of this spring’s …

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Fishing 101

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Got a basic fishing workshop coming up this week.  It will be held at the Outdoor Education Center on Superior Street here in Lincoln.  The workshop will be free, but space is available, the folks at the education center ask that you REGISTER. The workshop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Now, I could talk for two days on “Basic Fishing”, so I know now there will not be enough time to cover everything.  However, what I try to …

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High CRP Enrollment Great News for Nebraska Wildlife Conservation

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LINCOLN – Many of Nebraska’s habitat programs will get a boost from recent Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-ups. More than 76,000 acres in Nebraska were enrolled or re-enrolled in CRP during the sign-up period earlier this year. This will be the first year overall CRP enrollment in Nebraska will increase since 2007. These sign-ups, combined with land already enrolled in CRP, bring the state’s total acres enrolled in CRP to 773,203. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced enrollment figures …

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Nebraska Game and Parks to Host Free Workshops on the Power of Pollinators

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host seven free workshops about the power of pollinators and measures homeowners and others can take to protect them. Pollinators are insects and animals that transport pollen between plants, ensuring that those plants produce fruit or seeds. Common pollinators include bees and butterflies. Pollinators are critical to our environment, food supply and economy, but their numbers are in decline. By establishing backyard pollinator gardens as a source of food and shelter …

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2016 Marks Centennial of Historic Migratory Bird Treaty

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission joins other national and international conservation agencies in celebrating the centennial of the historic Migratory Bird Treaty. The United States and Canada signed the Migratory Bird Treaty in August of 1916, adopting a system of protection for nearly all migratory bird species that inhabit – and often migrate between – the United States and Canada. Mexico signed a similar treaty in 1936. National and international cooperation is essential for protecting and conserving …

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Friday the 13th

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Our spring turkey season is winding down, but I am not quite done blogging about it yet.  Got another report, another story to tell. . . . You may recall that my daughter was the first one to take a shot at a turkey this spring, Spring Turkey Report, Manure Spreader Bird.  Misses happen, and they mean we get to hunt longer; in fact it seems like we always have to work hard to get another opportunity after an early …

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World Fish Migration Day

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I have heard a lot about May being migratory bird month or something like that.  I am not an ornithologist, so I cannot tell you much about that, but I do wonder “What about the fish?”! I know, that was a little bit creepy.  I thought it was funny, but I am kind of warped.  By the way, why were all the fish Carp?  Couldn’t they have been Trout and Salmon, or Catfish or something like that?  Maybe the production company …

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Beardage

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I love wild turkeys.  I cannot think of anything I dislike about wild turkeys.  Oh sure I experience many frustrations while hunting them each spring, but that is hunting!  That is all part of the experience, and the more frustrations, the more I get to experience!  You cannot convince me that there is a prettier bird anywhere than a big ole gobbler, and I love to watch the antics and behavior of all turkeys during the spring.  I love listening …

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