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Jerry Kane

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.

Lake Wanahoo SRA Visitors Asked to Comply with Bald Eagle Exclusion Zone

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ice anglers and other visitors to Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area (SRA) are asked to comply with an exclusion zone implemented to protect the lake’s nesting bald eagles. The exclusion zone is an area closed to all access from Dec. 1-July 15. A pair of bald eagles first built a nest at Lake Wanahoo in 2011. They produced two fledglings in 2011 and two more the following year. The nest is located in a large, dead cottonwood …

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Ponca State Park Offers Super Bowl Special

LINCOLN, Neb. – Football fans, family and friends can enjoy the Super Bowl in a scenic surrounding with the Super Bowl Special at Ponca State Park. One- and two-night mini-lodge stays are available Feb. 2-3 at a 30-percent discounted rate of $189 per night, not including tax and reservation fee. A two-night stay includes two free pizzas, five bundles of firewood and late check-out. A one-night stay includes a free pizza and two bundles of firewood. Each mini-lodge includes four …

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Prescribed Burn Workshop in David City

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants and Quail Forever will host a prescribed burn training workshop in David City on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at Hruska Memorial Library, 399 5th St. The workshop will introduce the basic concepts of prescribed burning. A $10 fee includes a meal. Registration deadline is Jan. 14. Visit NebraskaPF.com or call Pam Grossart at 308-850-8395 or Brian Teeter 402-219-2572.

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Unintentionally Trapped Mountain Lion Killed

LINCOLN, Neb. – A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a cable restraint trap in Scotts Bluff County on Jan. 9, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The mountain lion was a female weighing approximately 81 pounds that appeared to be in good health. The trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy. High pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and may have …

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Game and Parks Offering Multiyear Permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering three- and five-year hunting, fishing and combination permits beginning this year. These permits provide a discount over purchasing annual permits for three or five years. The discount for three-year permits is 9-10 percent and the discount for five-year permits is 19-20 percent. The permits include all necessary state stamps as part of the price. The hunting and combination hunting/fishing permits come in two varieties: one includes just a habitat …

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Game and Parks Commissioners to Meet Jan. 18 in Omaha

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider funding recommendations for the 2013 Recreational Trails Grant Program at their Jan. 18 meeting in Omaha. The recommendations are: $246,000 for a trail bridge renovation by Lancaster County; $239,079 for trail construction by the City of Schuyler; $271,514 for trail construction by the City of Fremont; and $28,000 for purchase of a tractor to perform Cowboy Trail maintenance by Game and Parks. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at …

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Game and Parks to Burn Brush Piles

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will burn brush piles, as weather allows, at several sites across the state. Brush piles are created by the removal of invading trees in grassland or timber stands, or from trees damaged in wildfires. Removal of brush piles will open grasslands and timber for continued management, eliminate a wildfire fuel source and eliminate predator habitat. The following list includes scheduled prescribed burns by county: Custer – Pressey Wildlife Management Area (WMA); …

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Spring Turkey Permits Available Jan. 14

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2013 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission starting at 1 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 14. Each spring turkey permit allows a hunter to take one male or bearded female turkey with bow and arrow in the archery season or a shotgun in the shotgun season. A person may purchase up to three spring turkey permits. Archery season for youth and adults opens March 25. Shotgun season opens …

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Park Permits Available for 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the holidays now behind them, Nebraskans can buy themselves a gift good for 12 months of outdoor fun. The 2013 park entry permits, which are required for every vehicle entering a state park, recreation area and historical park, are available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The fees are $25 for an annual permit, $12.50 for a duplicate annual permit and $5 for a daily permit. Permit holders must permanently affix the sticker to the …

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