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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.

Sustainable ranching: A landowner’s journey to using prescribed fire

By Renae Blum Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Looking at the numbers, and seeing the state of his pastures, Jim Jenkins knew it was time for a change. The Callaway rancher turned to prescribed fire after his efforts to remove eastern redcedar trees from his land mechanically proved too costly and ineffective at stopping the spread. However, using prescribed fire on a larger scale was unfamiliar. “It was complex and I was a bit scared of it, because I’d just …

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Game and Parks to release pheasants on 16 wildlife management areas before Thanksgiving

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will release rooster pheasants on 16 wildlife management areas prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The 16 areas are: Powder Creek, (Dixon County), Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), George Syas (Nance County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Cornhusker (Hall County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County), Randall W. Schilling (Cass), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Arrowhead (Gage County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson …

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Ahrens first to complete 2020 Nebraska Upland Slam

LINCOLN, Neb. – Payne Ahrens used his job as a farm hand to his advantage before last month’s upland bird season opener. While harvesting corn for his employer, the Superior man also was scouting for his hunt. This paid off as he found the ground and, on opening morning Oct. 31, the birds. As a result, he became the first hunter to complete 2020 Nebraska Upland Slam. The challenge of the Upland Slam, a partnership among the Nebraska Game and …

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Game and Parks seeks input on potential waterfowl season date changes for 2021-2022

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on potential changes to duck and goose season dates for the 2021-2022 hunting seasons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries this fall, and Game and Parks is allowing hunters an opportunity to provide input regarding their preferences related to season dates within the approved units and zones. Waterfowl hunters who had provided an email address when they completed their …

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Game and Parks temporarily closes Lincoln office to walk-up service

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has temporarily closed its Lincoln headquarters to walk-up customer service in an effort to protect its staff and the public from a potential COVID-19 spread. The public still can obtain customer service by calling 402-471-0641 and permits can be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org. The closure is expected to last until Nov. 16, with a possible extension. No other Game and Parks offices are affected by the closure.

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Columbus man wins boat in Take ’em Fishing challenge

LINCOLN, Neb. – Freddie Leibhart’s mom introduced him to fishing when he was young. Now, the Columbus man is doing the same for his children. Better yet, he now can take them fishing in the new boat he won as the grand prize in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Take ’em Fishing challenge. “I know she’s really going to like hearing that she passed the love of fishing on to me, and I’m doing the same with my kids,” …

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Free lifetime park permits available for disabled veterans

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Resident Nebraska disabled veterans now may apply for a lifetime vehicle park entry permit at no charge. Thanks to the passage of LB 770 by the Legislature, introduced by Sen. Tim Gragert from Creighton, a permit will be issued if the veteran: • was discharged or separated with a characterization of honorable or general; and • has been deemed 50 percent or more disabled as a result of military service or receives a Veterans Administration pension as …

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Boat ramp improvements completed at Swan Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – Boat ramp improvements at Swan Lake are complete, providing better angler access to this Holt County lake. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission improved the gravel boat ramp on the north side of the lake by placing articulated concrete mats over crushed rock to form a firm concrete bottom for boat access. While still a relatively shallow slope, the 60-foot-long by 16-foot-wide ramp now will accommodate larger boats without the fear of getting stuck. A floating dock …

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Learn about Wildcat Hills, Chadron State Park bird banding virtually

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn about bird banding research at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Chadron State Park during a virtual webinar Nov. 12. The free webinar, hosted by Wachiska Audubon Society, will highlight research that has taken place for more than a decade. The event begins at 7 p.m. Central time. Register for free at bit.ly/32hGOVC. The webinar will be led by Delanie Bruce, Nebraska wildlife education coordinator for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Nebraska Game and …

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List of Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors changes

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters in south-central Nebraska wanting to participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program will have one less meat processor available to them during the November firearm deer season. Steakmaster Inc. of Elwood is not accepting deer. Hunters wishing to donate deer to the program during the Nov. 14-22 season can do so at eight processor locations, with two additional locations starting Nov. 14. Hunters should contact a processor they intend to use ahead of time. The revised …

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