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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.

Special Landowner Deer Season includes changes in 2022

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds landowners of three changes made to the Special Landowner Deer Season. This season, entering its second year this fall, gives a qualifying landowner a three-day season on his or her property preceding the regular firearm deer season. The $8 Special Landowner Deer Permit is valid only for the three-day season: Nov. 5-7, 2022. It is not valid for the November firearm season and it may not be used as a Limited Landowner Permit. …

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Louisville floating playground closed for season

The floating playground at Louisville State Recreation Area will not reopen for the season after the inflatables sustained damage during an incident in mid-August. Eight of the playground’s 70 floating pieces were damaged Aug. 11 and became partially submerged. During inspections and repair of that damage, additional damage requiring repairs was discovered. Out of concern for public safety, and due to the time required to make repairs, the floating playground will not reopen this season. The Nebraska Game and Parks …

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2022-2023 Public Access Atlas now available

There are more than a million acres of publicly accessible lands throughout Nebraska. The recently published 2022-2023 Public Access Atlas identifies and consolidates these public access resources for the benefit of Nebraska’s hunters, trappers and anglers. Printed copies of this year’s atlas are available at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission headquarters and soon will be available in its district offices and service centers, as well as wherever hunt and fish permits are sold. The Public Access Atlas also is available …

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Lake Wanahoo, additional PATH sites open for reservations

The Passing Along the Heritage program mentored youth hunting sites may be reserved now in advance of upcoming hunting seasons this fall. PATH is an online reservation-based program that provides Nebraska youth and their mentors access to hunt on private lands and selected public lands. Only youth under the age of 18 are allowed to hunt on PATH lands. “Through the PATH program, mentors can reserve a site for the day so they can provide both a safe and high-quality …

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Compete in steel plate challenge at Platte River State Park

Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month at the range by participating in a steel plate shooting challenge Aug. 27 at Platte River State Park near Louisville. The competition will be 9 to 11 a.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Cost is  $15 to compete, and participants must be 16 years old or older. Register at register-ed.com/events/view/186202. The competition is based on accuracy and speed combined to shoot five targets using .22 handguns or rifles. All equipment will be …

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Two Rivers dump station, campground to receive upgrades

Starting in October, Two Rivers State Recreation Area will see upgrades to its RV dump station and Fawn Meadows campground begin. The recreation area’s only dump station will be closed starting Oct. 3 for upgrades, with work expected to be completed in mid-2023. Fawn Meadows campground closed Aug. 2 so 12 sites can be upgraded. Work is expected to be completed before the peak 2023 camping season. The remaining five campgrounds at the park just west of Omaha will remain …

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Hunters may enter lottery for deer hunting access on Central Platte

Hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access lands in the Central Platte River Valley, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Fifty-one hunters will be chosen from a random drawing in early September and allowed to hunt deer on designated PRRA lands Nov. 16-20, 2022. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or Dropbox at the Game and Parks service center in Kearney through Aug. 31 at …

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Dove hunting season opens Sept. 1 in Nebraska

With the annual dove season opener on Sept. 1, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has some reminders for hunters, as well as recommendations for areas to hunt. Doves are abundant statewide and, with generous bag limits, provide excellent wing-shooting opportunities. Doves may be hunted statewide Sept. 1 – Oct. 30, 2022, with daily bag and possession limits of 15 and 45, respectively. Bag and possession limits are for mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared-doves in aggregate. Shooting hours are 30 …

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Explore the parks with these Game and Parks events in September

Spend some time this summer in Nebraska’s state parks. During September, a variety of events are planned for those interested in history, conservation, nature and just having a good time. Here are several examples: Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson is Sept. 3-4 Visit Fort Atkinson State Historical Park for Living History Weekend on Sept. 3-4 and see reenactors portray life in an 1820s military fort. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. They include military …

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Accept the challenge; give Nebraska Upland Slam a try

Up for a challenge? How about harvesting a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chicken and northern bobwhite quail in Nebraska this season. That’s the challenge of the Nebraska Upland Slam, a partnership among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, Inc., and Quail Forever. This year marks the fifth year of the challenge. Hunters who take all four of Nebraska’s primary upland gamebird species upload a photo of each harvested bird online and share information about their hunting experience. …

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