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Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors at Ponca State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at a workshop Feb. 13 at Ponca State Park. Instructors are part of the Youth Fishing Program, a statewide team of volunteers and Game and Parks staff who host educational fishing events. Trainings will take place at Ponca State Park’s Education and Resource Center from 1-4 p.m. Central time. Workshop participants will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in January

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in January. Here are several opportunities: Enjoy Winter Under the Water at Schramm Education Center LINCOLN, Neb. – Walk among a winter wonderland Jan. 1 and 8 at Schramm Education Center near Gretna, viewing aquariums aglow, lights and snow in Winter Under the Water, a holiday frost-filled fish encounter. Plan a day to see this special exhibit and enjoy the lights, naturalist …

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Anglers must be aware of fishing regulation changes for 2022

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers must be aware of fishing regulation changes that take effect Jan. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The changes are: Black Bass – The area where no minimum length limit on smallmouth bass is required has expanded to the Nebraska Public Power District Canal starting at the Sutherland Reservoir outlet to the confluence with the South Platte River in Lincoln County; this includes Lake Maloney. Bufflehead Wildlife Management Area and David City Ponds …

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Multispecies lottery permit applications accepted beginning Jan. 2

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters can apply for the chance to win the hunting opportunity of a lifetime. Applications for multispecies Super Tag and Combo lottery permits will be accepted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 2, 2022. The Super Tag lottery permit will be valid for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex and two turkeys. One permit will be authorized for residents only, and one permit will be …

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Fly rod building class for beginners starts in January

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Why purchase a new fly rod when you can fish one with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve built it yourself? The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in cooperation with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the Cornhusker Fly Fishing Club, is sponsoring a fly rod building class for beginners this winter. The class will be held six consecutive Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Central time, starting Jan. 12, at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The cost …

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November firearm deer harvest lower than last year

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Preliminary Nebraska deer check-in numbers indicate statewide harvest is down 12 percent compared to 2020 for the November firearm season. During the nine-day season, 37,053 deer were harvested, compared to 42,078 in 2020. While the overall statewide trend was down compared to previous years, regions of the state varied. Deer harvest in southeastern Nebraska was even with 2020, while southwestern Nebraska was down 19%. The northwestern district was down 8%, and the northeastern district was down 15% …

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Missouri River boat ramps affected upstream of Lewis and Clark Lake

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Low and fluctuating water levels have created boat access issues along the Missouri River in northeastern Nebraska. Average releases from Fort Randall Dam in South Dakota have dipped below 11,000 cfs for the winter, with minimal nighttime releases. Current boat ramp conditions: • Santee – usable, use caution • Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area – poor access, use extreme caution • Niobrara Townsite – usable, use caution • Niobrara Confluence – unusable • Verdel Landing WMA – …

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Catch a festive park event near you

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska state parks will be offering a variety of events throughout the month of December. Find an event near you to celebrate the festive season. To stay informed about additional holiday events as they are scheduled, visit calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. Lewis and Clark SRA Tree Decorating Contest LINCOLN, Neb. — Put your tree decorating skills to the test for a chance to win a two-night cabin stay at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area near Crofton. The contest is …

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Game and Parks seeks comment on updated pheasant management plan

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking public input on its updated draft pheasant management plan. The 2021 Berggren Plan is named after the late Lynn Berggren, who served as a Commissioner from 2007-2016. The plan seeks to improve the pheasant hunting experience in Nebraska over the next five years with a primary emphasis on improving habitat and increasing public access with several priority areas located throughout the state. The plan aims to build on past …

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Family-friendly magician Chandler coming to Mahoney State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy family-friendly Omaha magician Ryan Chandler as he performs at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on Nov. 27 for the first of several dates. Chandler, who has appeared on television with magicians Penn and Teller, will perform at 3 p.m. at Kountze Memorial Theater. Other performances will be Dec. 18, 3 p.m.; Jan. 1, 5 p.m.; Feb. 12, 3 p.m.; March 12, 3 p.m.; April 1, 7 p.m.; and May 1, 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for …

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