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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.

Anglers may be surveyed at three Omaha-area lakes in 2022

For anglers, spring means one thing: fishing. For Nebraska Game and Parks, it means it’s time to survey anglers for information that assists in statewide fisheries management decisions. Surveys will be conducted from April through October at three Omaha-area lakes: Prairie View, Lawrence Youngman and Zorinsky. Clerks will interview anglers about a single day’s fishing effort, seeking details on what the angler caught, released and how much time they fished. They will interview anglers in-person at the lakes during daytime …

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Plan fishing trip using Game and Parks publications

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Plan a fishing trip with the help of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission publications. Prepare to make your trip the best by reviewing Nebraska fishing regulations and researching locations in our 2022 Fishing Guide and our 2022 Fishing Forecast. The fishing guide is a summary of regulations and orders and includes a section detailing the state’s public fishing areas. The fishing forecast provides a look at where some of the best fishing, and maybe some of the biggest fish, …

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Bridge, bank stabilization project underway at Rock Creek Station SHP

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A construction project is underway at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park near Fairbury that will limit some visitor access within the park from time to time. The project, expected to be completed by the end of May, will include repairs of the Rock Creek Toll Bridge and bank stabilization upstream and downstream of the bridge. Construction will affect access to the historic East and West ranches as visitors can expect to find fenced areas and construction equipment there. Access across …

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Nebraska Big Game Society to auction elk tag April 14

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 A bull elk tag will be auctioned off by the Nebraska Big Game Society on April 14 in Lincoln. The 11th annual meeting and auction will be at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 O St. Residents and nonresidents are eligible for the bull elk tag. The high bidder will receive a bull elk tag valid in any elk management unit during a 2022 open bull elk season; legal weapons for that season must be used. Additional items and outdoor experiences will …

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Trout stockings begin; Two Rivers Trout Lake opens March 12

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It’s time to go trout fishing again in Nebraska. Rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state in March to enhance fishing opportunities this spring, especially in urban areas. Additionally, the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake in Douglas County will open March 12. By then, more than 12,000 rainbow and tiger trout will have been stocked in the lake. All trout caught in the Trout Lake must be harvested and not released. Anglers …

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2022 Nebraska Fish Art Contest open for entries

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Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can discover the outdoors by participating in the third annual Nebraska Fish Art Contest. This international art and writing competition gives young people the opportunity to highlight their artistic talents while learning about fish, fishing and aquatic conservation. Participants can win prizes and recognition in Nebraska and internationally. The free contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Wildlife Forever and Bass Pro Shops, is accepting entries through March 31, 2022. Enter at …

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Crofton Dam Race is July 30 at Lewis and Clark SRA

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Registration is open for the Crofton Dam Race 2022, which will be July 30 at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area. Choose your adventure between three events: a sprint triathlon with kayaking instead of swimming, a half-marathon, or a 12-mile bike race. The Crofton Dam Race, which is open to athletes of all experience levels, will help raise funds for a new hike-bike trail at the SRA. • The Crofton Dam Race triathlon includes a 1.5-mile kayak paddle across the …

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Game and Parks offers ice safety tips

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A recent spurt of frigid temperatures has iced over some Nebraska water bodies. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission warns anybody venturing onto the ice to be cautious. Warmer temperatures will be arriving quickly, but in light of two recent drownings in eastern Nebraska in which persons went through the ice, Game and Parks offers the following safety tips: • Never go out alone. Have a buddy. • A minimum of 3 inches of clear, blue lake ice will support …

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Upland, Duck Slam grand prize winners continue, start traditions

Hunters continued or started traditions with family and friends by participating in the Nebraska Upland and Duck slams during the past season. Two were named grand prize winners during ceremonies in mid-February. Faron Wickett, 50, of Norfolk, was named the Upland Slam grand prize winner, earning a Dickinson Arms Hunter Light Over and Under 28-gauge shotgun for his efforts to harvest Nebraska’s four primary upland game species. He has been an avid grouse hunter since his father started taking him …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in March

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in March. Here are several opportunities:   Little Saplings early childhood program presents Traces and Tracks The Little Saplings early childhood nature discovery program will have the program, Traces and Tracks, at 9 a.m. March 2 at Schramm Education Center near Gretna. Footprints in mud and snow give clues about what animals are around in the spring. We’ll look closely, predict, and match tracks to …

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