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Calamus Reservoir boat access limited

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Extremely low water levels and underwater hazards have limited access to the lake and challenged boaters at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area near Burwell. Several ramps have closed or have restrictions due to low water and underwater sand movement. The reservoir currently is at 41% capacity, which is the second lowest level on record. These conditions, in addition to wave action and power loading of boats onto trailers, have led to a large sand ridge forming in front of the …

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Emergency boat ramp repairs underway at Sherman Reservoir

The Marina Bay boat ramp at Sherman Reservoir near Loup City will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Sept. 19 until further notice so immediate repairs can be made. Low water levels in the reservoir have exposed a significant settlement of the east lane, which has caused a nearly 5-inch lip to occur on the ramp. On the west lane, the ramp has cracked and needs immediate repair during this low water period. Work is expected to take one week, …

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Anglers will benefit from completed aquatic projects at Fort Rob, Summit

Anglers at both ends of the state will benefit from improved fisheries after the recent completion of two Aquatic Habitat Projects at Nebraska state parks. Fort Robinson State Park and Summit Reservoir State Recreation Area both saw work to improve water quality and access. In the west, the North Grable Pond at Fort Robinson was deepened, an outlet structure replaced, and a kayak launch installed. A covered fishing pier and in-lake fish habitat structures also were built within casting distance …

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Target shooting at Memphis Wildlife Management Area to be prohibited permanently

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Target shooting will be prohibited permanently, effective immediately, at Memphis Wildlife Management Area as a new shop complex is being planned for construction. Pending approval, an office building and two storage sheds will be built at Memphis WMA to support the management needs of 10 other wildlife management areas in Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Cass and Otoe counties. Combined, they include more than 4,000 acres of land. The new complex will replace the one currently at Randall W. Schilling WMA near …

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Merritt Reservoir SRA certified as International Dark Sky Park

Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, renowned for its Sandhills location providing spectacular astronomical views, has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park. Merritt has hosted the annual Nebraska Star Party each summer for 29 years, when professional and amateur astronomers converge to take advantage of a sky free of light pollution. Merritt is the first Nebraska site certified by the International Dark-Sky Association. The IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution and is the leading organization combating light …

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Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors accepting deer donations

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Hunters may begin donating deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program at seven processor locations around the state. The participating meat processors are: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats; Norfolk – R&M Meats; North Platte – Kelley’s Custom Pack; Table Rock – Den’s Country Meats; Franklin – Franklin Locker; Ulysses – The Butchery; and Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker. Due to staffing difficulties, many processors are not accepting deer this year, so hunters should call to check availability before hunting. This …

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Duck Slam begins fourth year of challenging hunters

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It won’t be long. The first of the duck seasons almost is upon us. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited are proud to bring back the popular Nebraska Duck Slam, a challenge for duck hunters to take advantage of Nebraska’s great duck hunting opportunities. The Duck Slam challenges hunters to harvest a teal (blue-winged or green-winged) of either sex, as well as drakes of three other species: an American wigeon, a mallard and a northern pintail. All …

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Wetland water conditions poor across much of Nebraska

Wetland water conditions across the state are poor, with most wetlands in the Rainwater Basin dry, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Hunters should be prepared to scout ahead of teal season. Some pumping is planned ahead of the teal opener at select wetlands in Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Hamilton, Nuckolls, Thayer, York, Dixon and Platte counties. The conditions recently were observed by biologists on the ground. View the Aug. 24 report on wetland conditions and pumping plans at OutdoorNebraska.gov/waterfowlchecklist. …

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Explore Nebraska history with these state park trails

By Renae Blum/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Nebraska’s state parks hold a wealth of history that can be discovered by walking a few of the trails tied to the past. Here are our top suggestions for parks to visit when you’re ready for a good stroll that allows you to explore — and experience — Nebraska history. Ash Hollow State Historical Park A major stopover on the Oregon and California pioneer trails, Ash Hollow State Historical Park near Lewellen has …

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Enjoy fall education opportunities at Nebraska’s Venture Parks

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Join us at Nebraska’s Venture Parks in southeast Nebraska for a variety of educational opportunities this fall. Daily programs are planned throughout the week in September; for more information, visit Schramm Education Center on Facebook. Our event highlights include: Celebrate hatch day of world’s largest common snapping turtle Visit Schramm Education Center in Gretna in September to help celebrate the hatch day of the world’s largest common snapping turtle, Big Snap Daddy. The turtle is estimated to be 93 years …

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