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Muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – The seasons are changing and so are the deer hunting methods. Nebraska’s muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 1 and those shooting black-powder firearms are gearing up. “Temperatures are dropping and the deer are going to be moving in search of high-energy foods,” Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Jackson Ellis said. “This is a great chance to spend some time outside and take the opportunity to put some meat in the freezer.” Follow these tips for a safe muzzleloader …

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Great opportunities for pheasant hunters with Oct. 27 opener

LINCOLN, Neb. – Great hunting opportunities and access await hunters when they go afield for the opener of the Nebraska pheasant, quail and partridge seasons on Oct. 27. Hunters seeking new places to hunt are encouraged to refer to the 2018-19 Public Access Atlas, which displays nearly a million acres of publicly accessible lands throughout the state. In addition to state and federal lands, hunters will have access to more than 317,000 acres of private land enrolled in the Nebraska …

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‘The basics’ weigh heavy in boat safety

Lake Minatare water scooter

As the temperature heats up, so does the activity at our lakes. Each summer, Nebraska’s lakes bring great memories to countless visitors who board boats and water scooters. There are few better ways to beat the heat on a summer afternoon than by skimming across the water. Unfortunately, the occasional bad accident puts a damper on the fun – an accident that in most cases could be prevented by taking common safety measures. Scott Eveland of Ogallala has been a …

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Game and Parks suggests tips for safe ice fishing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice fishing. Follow these tips from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for safety on the ice: — The minimum ice thickness for supporting one person is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice. — Drill holes or use an ice chisel or spud bar to check the ice conditions while working your way out to your fishing spot. — Wear a life jacket. …

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Warm weather means continuing dove opportunities

LINCOLN, Neb. – With warm temperatures stretching into mid-September, there are still opportunities for dove hunting in Nebraska. Cold fronts tend to spur migratory doves to move through Nebraska, said Jeff Lusk, upland game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The warm temperatures that Nebraska has experienced recently have likely encouraged migratory mourning and white-winged doves to stay a bit longer. Those hunting doves should take care to hunt safely and legally: — It is unlawful to …

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Nebraska Game and Parks urges safety while boating

LINCOLN, Neb. – Boating is one of many ways Nebraskans celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has reminders for ways to safely enjoy a day on the water with friends and family. Boaters should not take safety for granted. The Boating Safety Section of Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wear a Life Jacket – Children under …

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Now’s the Time to Prepare for September Hunting

LINCOLN – Summer is winding down, and that means it’s time to gear up for fall hunting. Nebraska’s archery season for deer, and small game seasons for rabbits, doves, snipe, rail and grouse open Sept. 1. Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Wendy Horine says hunters should prepare for upcoming seasons by checking to see they have the proper equipment and ensure it is in good working condition. “Match the proper ammunition to your firearm and make sure guns are clean and …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Suggests Tips for Safety on Ice

LINCOLN – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice fishing. Follow these Nebraska Game and Parks Commission tips for safety on the ice: — There should be at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice before an angler ventures onto a frozen lake or pond. — Commercial or homemade ice picks should be worn around your neck in case you fall through the ice and need something to grip the ice and pull yourself …

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Game and Parks Has Safety Reminders for Deer Hunters

LINCOLN – With the November firearm deer season nearing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has several reminders for keeping hunters safe. Deer hunters should: — wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on his or her head, chest and back. This is required for any person hunting deer during the Nov. 16-24 firearm deer season, including archers. — never allow the muzzle of their firearm to be pointed at something they do not intend to shoot. — …

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Outdoor Recreationists Should Stay Away from Flood Waters

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) urge outdoor recreationists to stay away from standing or moving flood waters in western and central Nebraska. Game and Parks officers rescued a man from the South Platte River west of Big Springs on Sept. 18. Joseph Schneiderwind, 48, of Conifer, Colo., and his brother, Mike Schneiderwind, 54, of Castle Rock, Colo., had launched a canoe on the swollen river. The canoe capsized in …

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