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News on the Pallid Sturgeon Front

Every spring I try to update you on the pallid sturgeon brood stock collection efforts on Nebraska’s Missouri River (e.g. 2015 Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Collection).  Here is a follow-up, here is why our crews and a host of volunteers put in that effort: Recovery Efforts Continue with Stocking of Pallid Sturgeon in Missouri River Posted by: Jerry Kane, August 26, 2015 LINCOLN – More than 2,000 5- to 6-inch pallid sturgeon were stocked in the channelized portion of the Missouri River …

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10 Things about Beautiful, Beneficial Bats!

Wild bats. They get such a bad rep. Most likely it’s because they’re portrayed in popular culture and the media as scary, blood-sucking, rabid creatures of the night that live in dark, stank places. They are the subjects of creepy, Halloween tales and horror stories. Gosh darn, I think that’s a shame! As a resource professional, I view bats as a native, beneficial component of our natural world and so should you! In fact, I think they’re cool. No, check that, I think they’re beautiful! Look! So, here are 10 things you should know about …

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“Super Predators”

I was browsing the Omaha World Herald yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see a full-color picture of an ice angler holding a nice northern pike.  What was really surprising about this was that this picture and the accompanying story were not in the outdoor section or even sports section of the newspaper.  They were on the back page of the front section!  Here is the story, Report details killing tendencies of nature’s most lethal predator. As you can imagine, …

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Say It Isn’t So!

Bad news in today’s blog post.  It is very important that every user of Nebraska’s waters is aware of this and what they can do about it! Zebra Mussels Found at Lewis and Clark Lake LINCOLN – Cooperation from boaters and anglers is urgently needed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species following the discovery of zebra mussels in Lewis and Clark Lake in northeast Nebraska. Earlier this week, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks found …

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Poaching Incident in Ponca Hills; Know Anything?

Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE continues to seek information on a deer poaching incident that occurred recently in the Ponca Hills area of northern Douglas County. Here’s the news release done by Jerry Kane of Game and Parks concerning the details of the incident as well as trail/game camera photos of it. Game and Parks Seeks Information on Illegally Harvested Deer LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information involving a case of deer being illegally harvested …

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Angler Access and Rehabilitation Improvements, Burchard Lake

Told you about a celebration of an angler access improvement project last week; have another one this week: Public Invited to Open House at Burchard Lake LINCOLN – The public is invited to an open house to see the new aquatic habitat and fishing access improvements at Burchard Lake. The event is set for Aug. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Burchard Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The event will be held at the boat ramp on the north side of the lake. …

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Aquarium, Korth on Radio Show

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Ak-sar-ben Aquarium/Schramm Park SRA complex near Gretna, NE and its role in outdoor/aquatic education will be featured on Saturday morning’s Great Outdoor Radio Show. Ever been there and checked out the big blue catfish in their large aquarium? My special guest on the program will be Tony Korth, Fisheries Biologist and Director of the Aquarium for the Commission. The Great Outdoor Radio Show, the Omaha-metro area’s only outdoor talk radio show, airs LIVE on Omaha’s …

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Yes, Fish are Slimy!

Buried deep in the volumes of Nebraska State Statutes, Chapter 37, you can find this: 37-542. Fish unlawfully taken; duty of angler. All fish which cannot lawfully be taken shall be returned to the water at once with as little injury as possible, if taken, and before removing or attempting to remove such fish from the hook it shall be the duty of the angler to first wet his or her hands. Now, some will immediately throw up a red …

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Grand Opening!

Just a few weeks ago I told you about the opening of the new Kramper Lake near Hubbard, Nebraska, Another New Fishing Hole!  The lake has been open to fishing since that time, but now they are fixing to do it right with a big grand opening event. Learn more here, Danish Alps State Recreation Area and Kramper Lake. Watch the video. . . . See some more pictures, Danish Alps Flickr Album. Do not expect any large fish yet, …

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The New, Improved CRP

“Laws change; people die; the land remains.” – Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.  Farmers, I am one of you. I am a landowner. I manage our nearly 150 year-old family farm here in southeastern Nebraska. No, I am not some crazy, wild conservationist just because I work for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I am a crazy, wild conservationist because I am a progressive Nebraska landowner who has farmed his best ground and conserved the rest of it. Over the years I have …

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