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What Lurks Beneath, Beautiful Flatties

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Last week I noted that Nebraska Game & Park Fisheries biologist are busy around the state doing fish sampling this time of year (“Survey Says”).  A couple of weeks ago I slipped out of the office for a day and got my hands fishy helping with some of that sampling.  I have blogged many times about the flathead catfish fishery at Branched Oak Reservoir and the research that has been done on those fish in recent years.  With a total …

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Dam Repairs at Box Butte

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I have had several questions about the exceptionally low water at Box Butte Reservoir this fall.  If you have not seen it already, this news release should tell you why: Box Butte Reservoir to remain low for coming year HEMINGFORD, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports the water level at Box Butte Reservoir will remain low for at least 12 more months as construction workers repair the dam’s toe drain system. During this period, the Commission encourages …

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Chadron State Park Bioblitz tops 200 species

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CHADRON, Neb. – Participants of the Chadron State Park Bioblitz in late September identified 203 species of plants, animals and insects, providing evidence of the biodiversity in the Pine Ridge. Amber Schiltz, Nebraska wildlife education coordinator for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, was pleased with the tally, especially considering the time of year. Species ranged from the osprey flying high above the park’s pines to the smallmouth bass swimming below the pond’s surface. “We saw 45 bird species alone, …

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“Big, Big Weekend Out at the Lodge”!

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Quick blog post just before I head out the door.  Got a big, long weekend ahead of me.  If you want an idea of what I will be doing. . . . Yep, I will be helping empower women by teaching them outdoor skills!  And proud of it!  It is very rewarding and a lot of fun! I know it is not fair for me to mention this now, because if you are a woman and are interested, it is …

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“Survey Says”

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It is fall and Nebraska fisheries biologists are in the midst of their annual fish sampling activities on lakes, reservoirs, pits and ponds across the state.  It is a busy time of year.  The sampling of fish in our public waters is necessary to gauge the health of the fish populations in those waters and evaluate fisheries management activities like habitat enhancement, harvest regulations and stocking programs.  The data collected from our fish communities is invaluable to pointy-headed fisheries biologists. …

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Public invited to plant trees at Chadron State Park

CHADRON, Neb. – The public is invited to assist Boy Scouts on Saturday, Oct. 7, in planting about 2,500 ponderosa pine seedlings in areas burned by the 2012 wildfire at Chadron State Park. Volunteers should arrive at the park’s campground between 7:30-8 a.m. in work attire. The plantings, which will occur at various points throughout the park, are expected wrap up early in the afternoon. Helping organize the effort are park staff, employees of the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources …

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New Permit System

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I realize this has been publicized in a lot of places, I am going to do it here too. . . . Nebraska Game and Parks Commission launches new permit site LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks system has launched a new website for the sale of hunting, fishing and state park permits.  The site, which went live on Sept. 28, offers improved navigation, mobile responsiveness and many other features, including: -Information about each type of permit offered …

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Caught a Drum

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I caught a freshwater drum the other day, as far as drum go, a pretty nice one.  It just hammered my crankbait. Reminded me of this song. I categorically deny that I have a drum tattoo on my chest.  Do not have any piercings either. Have a great weekend everyone, GO FISH, see if you can dry off a drum.

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It Is All About the Eatin’!

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No matter how you define it, we are now in the fall season.  There are no calendars in nature; seasons gradually morph from one into another.  Below the surface of our Nebraska waters, fall started weeks ago. I know folks are busy with a lot of activities in the fall, and many of them will reach for their sticks & strings, scatter guns, and smoke poles rather than fishing poles.  Just know that fall provides some of the best open-water …

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Nebraska Oranges

Say what? Nebraska has oranges? Well, no, not really. But, kind of. Osage orange isn’t an orange though it may look like a yellow-green, grapefruit-sized, brainy-looking type of orange fruit. It is a fruit, of the Osage orange tree, that is. However, the tree is more closely related to the mulberry tree. Enter its primary nicknames; hedge apple, hedge ball, and mock orange. Confused? A bit perplexed, are you? Allow me to continue. I bet you’ve seen these wrinkled, softball-sized …

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