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Bald eagle nest numbers surpass 200 in 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. – In 2017, a record 209 active bald eagle nests were estimated in Nebraska by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Bald eagles were on federal and state endangered species lists as late as 2007 and 2008, respectively. In a little more than quarter century the species has gone from a nonexistent breeding species in the state to one that is relatively numerous, according to Joel Jorgensen, Nebraska Game and Parks’ nongame bird program manager. In the early …

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Big, big game up at the lodge!

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Unless you live under some kind of big rock, you know that this weekend is the “super bowl”.  This year Minneapolis is hosting this great American event.   In conjunction with the big game, Rapala and a Minneapolis TV station are hosting a promotional event like you have never seen before! WCCO Presents: The MinneCentric Experience How many of you can say you've caught a fish on the third floor of a downtown Minneapolis building? WCCO's got our lines ready at our …

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Goosing for the future down by Chimney Rock

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The calendar tells me that today is World Wetlands Day so it seems appropriate to thank those who work to conserve the lands that waterfowl and so many other species depend upon for survival. Throughout the world, conservation-minded volunteers devote time and resources toward the preservation of wildlife and the lands they inhabit. Many of them channel their energy through conservation organizations, of which the recognized leader for wetlands is Ducks Unlimited. One such person is Larry Olson of Crawford, …

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FaceBook Live, On Ice!

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I did not get a blog post up today; not because I have nothing to blog about, believe me I have plenty, but because we did another FaceBook Live today–on the ice!  Those of you who might be new to the ice fishing game may be interested in watching: We are LIVE with fisheries biologist Daryl Bauer to talk about ice fishing. Post your questions in the comments. Posted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 …

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Tax check-off benefits wildlife, habitat conservation

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tax season provides a unique opportunity for Nebraskans to contribute to wildlife and habitat conservation. The Nebraska state income tax form allows individuals to donate all or a part of their tax refund to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, which is used to maintain adequate habitat and healthy populations of wildlife across the state, particularly those that are rare, endangered or threatened. Tax refund donations have helped many species over the years including river otters, monarch butterflies, swift …

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Hunters: Share Your Bounty

With Nebraska’s 2017-2018 hunting seasons having ended or being close to ending, many of you who hunt probably have a bountiful supply of wild game meat in your freezers, don’t you? I thought so. You know what? That wild game meat offers an opportunity to share some healthy protein and enlighten people about the hunting lifestyle that you thoroughly enjoy! As hunters, we get a lot from nature every season through new memories, insightful lessons, lasting friendships, doing conservation work, and of course, reaping the reward of delicious meat! Therefore, it’s fitting that …

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Wild Game Banquet

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It is that time of year again, banquet, sportshow, and workshop season.  I am actually as busy, if not more busy, at this time of year than any other.  Planning to be in Maxwell this coming weekend! Here are some more details: For the latest updates be sure to check out the Maxwell Outdoor Expo and Wild Game Feed FaceBook page. Stop by, say “Hi”, tell me a fish story, show me your fish pictures, take a look at mine!

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Ice Trolling

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Some of us hard-core ice anglers refer to “ice trolling” when we talk about drilling lots of holes and keep drilling them until we find fish.  I am a big believer in “ice trolling”. Looks like I am going to have to step up my game! Yes, sometimes ice-fisherman spend a long time between bites. Have a great weekend everyone, make sure the ice is safe, and GO FISH!

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Public invited to Project Feeder Watch on Feb. 3 in Plainview

LINCOLN, Neb. – Adults, youth and bird lovers of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend Project Feeder Watch on Feb. 3 in Plainview. This hands-on learning experience starts at 10 a.m. at Plainview Public Library, 209 N. Pine St. Project Feeder Watch is a citizen science project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Citizen science is a way for the public to contribute to the scientific understanding of the natural world. Participants of this free workshop, which …

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State Record Summary, 2017

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Time for my “annual report” on state record fish in the past year.  As with most years there was some state record activity and there were some surprises! Surface Spearfishing  There were no fish entered for surface spearfishing records in 2017. Underwater Spearfishing We had four fish certified as new underwater spearfishing state records in the past year.  The smallest of those was a whopping 1 ounce alewife taken from Lake McConaughy. In September, a 10 ounce shortnose gar was …

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