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Commissioners approve 2022-2023 waterfowl recommendations

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved 2022-2023 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 23 meeting in Nebraska City. Staff recommended opening duck season in zones 2 and 4 a week earlier than the 2021-2022 season. Waterfowl recommendations are developed balancing hunter preferences with chronology of migration, hunter harvest, and hunter participation. Goose hunting dates in the North Central Unit start concurrently with duck season, which was strongly preferred by waterfowl hunters in Zone 2. The full approved 2022-2023 …

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Light Geese are Delicious and Deserve Respect

As a conservation professional, I get sick and tired of people calling snow and Ross’s geese nasty nicknames and saying that they are downright unfit to eat. Look, they are not “sky carp,” “rats with white feathers,” or “trash birds.” No, not by a long shot! Your blogger displays snow geese harvested during a recent Light Goose Conservation Order hunt in south-central Nebraska. Photo courtesy of Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. They are classified as light geese — snow …

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Surveys hitting hunters’ inboxes soon

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Hunters of upland and small game, waterfowl, fall turkey and deer will receive emailed invitations to participate in surveys about their harvest and hunting experiences. These surveys, which the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission uses to estimate harvest, hunter participation and satisfaction — and to inform management decisions — will be emailed over several weeks, beginning Feb. 14. Surveys generally are available to participants for two weeks starting from the initial invitation. Hunters who receive the invitation but have not …

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Flagging for Canadas

Anyone who waterfowl hunts knows that movement in a decoy spread is crucial. Yeah, there are a plethora of motion decoys on the market to buy — battery-powered ones, mechanical flappers, windsocks, bags, kites, moving shells, etc. However, there is another kind of motion decoy used in waterfowl hunting by the hunter — the flag. A longtime waterfowl hunter “flags” to try to entice a flock of Canada geese off in the distance to come within shooting range in his …

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Charron first hunter to complete 2021 Duck Slam

Kyle Charron, 35, of Broken Bow, poses with his four-duck harvest; he was the first to harvest the four species required to participate in the Duck Slam, a challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kyle Charron knew he had a chance to be the first hunter to complete the Duck Slam this season. The 35-year-old Broken Bow man hunts the playa wetlands every October, typically harvesting multiple duck species each year. This year, he and his friends were hunting them on private land in Custer County on Oct. 9, opening day, when he harvested a mallard and a teal. “We knew there was the potential because we’d shot all of those …

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Duck hunters must choose from two bag limits when they register for HIP

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Duck hunters must choose between two daily bag limits when they register for their Harvest Information Program number this year. Nebraska and South Dakota are entering a new “two-tier” program starting with the 2021-2022 regular duck season. Tier I is the current traditional six-duck bag limit with species and sex restrictions. Tier II is a three-duck bag limit with no species or sex restrictions. HIP registration begins Aug. 1. When hunters go to register, they will be …

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October outdoor calendar highlights

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following are highlights of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October. Get a more complete listing at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Oct. 1 – The Science of Wildlife Diseases, online webinar Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season in specific area of Missouri River Oct. 3 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central unit Oct. 3 – Light goose hunting regular season opens statewide Oct. 3 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens statewide Oct. …

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Commission approves deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2020 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons at its meeting May 8 in Lincoln. Commissioners adopted the proposed staff amendments to Commission orders pertaining to season dates, bag limits, permit quantities and areas open for deer, antelope and elk hunting. The following is a summary of the big game recommendations that were approved: Deer – Many units have seen bag limit and permit quota changes to accomplish management …

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Commissioners adopt waterfowl season recommendations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted 2020/2021 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 20 meeting in Hastings. Before approving, commissioners changed some duck season dates in zones 2 and 3 to allow for a Saturday opening day. The 2020/2021 waterfowl season dates are: Early Teal – Low Plains: Sept. 5-20; High Plains: Sept. 5-13; Daily bag limit: six; Possession limit: Three times the daily bag limit Youth Waterfowl – Zone 1: Oct. 3-4; Zone 2: …

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Waterfowl among recommendations on revised Commission agenda

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2020/2021 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 20 meeting in Hastings. So that fewer staff will be required to travel to the meeting, and to reduce the size of the gathering, the agenda has been revised in recent days, with several items removed. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Hall Student Union of Central Community College, 35055 E. Community Drive. The 2020/2021 …

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