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Julie Geiser is a Public Information Officer and NEBRASKAland Regional Editor based out of North Platte, where she was born and still happily resides. Geiser worked for the commission previously for over 10 years as an outdoor education instructor – teaching people of all ages about Nebraska’s outdoor offerings. She also coordinates the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Geiser went on to work in marketing and writing an outdoor column for the North Platte Telegraph before returning to NGPC in her current position. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and getting others involved in her passions of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors.

Tick Talk: Be proactive to prevent tick bites this year

This year there are more tick bites being reported than in previous years. To prevent tick bites, be proactive and know how to help prevent them. Ticks will hide on a blade of grass or other plants waiting for a potential host to walk by – reaching out with its legs the tick catches a ride on an unsuspecting host; this behavior called “questing” will catch many people off guard during the tick season. People enjoying outdoor activities such as …

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Tips for Catching Northern Pike

Two men hold a norther pike at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area.

A Toothy, Primeval Fighter For anglers who love a good fight, the northern pike, a needle-toothed, aggressive — almost primeval — fish, is highly sought after. According to the 2021 Nebraska Fishing Forecast, Hackberry and Dewey lakes on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Box Butte Reservoir and Lake Wanahoo are this year’s top picks. Other reservoirs like Elwood, Enders, McConaughy, Merritt and Red Willow hold a few big pike. Several other lakes around the state have been stocked with pike …

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Medicine Creek State Recreation Area offering seasonal jobs

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Medicine Creek SRA is accepting applications for seasonal housekeeping jobs. This Nebraska state recreation area is looking for people to join a team of innovative professionals who love the outdoors and are committed to service and share excitement for this beautiful area. A summer job at a state park can be the start of a career. Get hands-on experience in housekeeping, landscaping, and more. All experience levels are encouraged to apply. Applications for temporary park worker …

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Restoration projects at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

The roof on Scout’s Rest Ranch Barn was replaced in late winter 2018, early spring 2019 and still has “Scout’s Rest Ranch” painted in four-foot-tall white letters on it from the Cody era. (Julie Geiser/NGPC) NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The former home of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is looking fresh and improved after a series of restoration projects recently were completed. The roof on Scout’s Rest Ranch Barn was replaced in late winter …

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Eagle viewing

North Platte, Neb. – The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District viewing facilities at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area and the J2 facility at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area may be closed this year due to COVID-19, but visitors to these areas can still come and enjoy viewing eagles and migrating waterfowl. Eagles are attracted to the open water just below the dam at Lake Ogallala during the winter months. They will hunt for fish in areas of open …

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Game and Parks seeks grazing tenant

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North Platte, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking for an agricultural tenant to graze at least 20 cow/calf pairs, feeders, replacement heifers, or other combinations of cattle at East Willow Island Wildlife Management Area south of Cozad for a two month period this year. Game and Parks uses grazing to help manage noxious weeds and other invasive plants at wildlife management areas, which provides better habitat for wildlife species. Bids will be accepted to graze at …

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Controlled Shooting Areas

Controlled shooting areas have been popping up over the landscape for several years now, and hunters are taking advantage of the opportunities available at these places. Wanting to try it, our family made a trip to Camp George just north of Arnold. This trip was a good way to spend some quality time together while doing what we all love: hunting. Having never been to one of these areas, none of us really knew what to expect, but we were …

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Clear Creek Goose Hunt

An Adventure Story I love to duck and goose hunt and go whenever the opportunity presents itself. One of the first places I hunted waterfowl years ago was at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area near Lewellen. I still love going to this public hunting area. For those who have never been to Clear Creek, there are a few things to know before you hunt. When the duck and goose season begins, hunters can access the seasonal refuge and special hunting …

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Make Safety a Priority Every Deer Season

Most hunters think that an accident won’t happen to them, but anyone who has fallen from a tree stand thought the same thing. Those who have had the misfortune say that it happened so fast they had no time to react. At the end of the day, returning home safely should be every tree-stand hunter’s top priority. Falls account for the vast majority of injuries and deaths that involve tree stands. Although modern tree stands are made better than ever …

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Barn Owl Rescue

An Act of Devotion Nebraska Game and Parks district offices get many calls about wildlife. The call I received about stranded baby barn owls was no exception. A rural family was getting ready to tear down a dilapidated barn on their property when they noticed a baby owl peering over a ledge near the rafters. True stewards of wildlife, they called their local Nebraska Game and Parks office to find out what they could do. Typically, this type of information …

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