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Nine holiday gifts perfect for outdoor enthusiasts

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Shopping for an outdoor enthusiast on your holiday list? The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers these nine gift ideas sure to satisfy the outdoor enthusiast in your life: Annual state park permits: Nebraska offers more than 70 state park areas from one end of the state to the other, with opportunities for fishing, hiking, camping, wildlife watching, history or just enjoying the beautiful outdoors. A gift of a state park permit is a gift of experiences. …

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List of Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors changes

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters in southeast Nebraska wanting to participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program will have one less meat processor available to them this season. Pelican’s Processing in Johnson has reached capacity for deer processing for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program and no longer will accept donations. The revised list of participating meat processors: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats; Diller – Diller Locker; Franklin – Franklin Locker; Grand Island – Nielsen’s Processing; Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker; …

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Still time to register for mentored squirrel hunt

LINCOLN, Neb. — A workshop and mentored squirrel hunt for women age 16 and older is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Cost is $15 and covers both instruction and materials. Lunch will be provided. An 8 a.m. learning session will cover squirrel hunting techniques and include target practice at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N 44th St., Lincoln. The second half of the workshop will be a guided hunt outside of Lincoln city limits. A …

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Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest 2021 kicks off

Best of Show winner was “Young Buck” by Karen Kader of Omaha, a photograph captured at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. | Copyright Karen Kader

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept submissions for the 2021 Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest through Jan. 1, 2022. With miles of winding rivers, wide-open vistas and wildlife from border to border, Nebraska is a photographer’s paradise. Each year, Nebraskaland Magazine celebrates the state’s beauty and recognizes the outstanding work of photographers across Nebraska during this annual photo contest. Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to submit photos in four categories: Wildlife — …

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Bartunek family receives grand prize boat in Take ’em Fishing program

Mitch and Heather Bartunek introduced their 2-year-old daughter, Tinley, to fishing this year. Now that they have won the grand prize in the 2021 Take ’em Fishing program, they can take her fishing next year in their new Bass Tracker Classic XL fishing boat courtesy of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission)

LINCOLN, Neb. – When the opportunity arose, Mitch and Heather Bartunek decided to introduce their 2-year-old daughter, Tinley, to fishing. And now, after winning the grand prize in the 2021 Take ’em Fishing program, they’re looking forward to enjoying future fishing trips with their growing family from a new Bass Tracker Classic XL fishing boat. “This gives us new opportunities to spend time on the water as a family,” said Mitch, whose name was drawn out of nearly 2,500 entries …

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Enjoy fall education opportunities at Schramm

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Join the Schramm Education Center near Gretna for a variety of fall education opportunities this month. All About Bats offered twice Explore the echolocators of Nebraska and learn about bat myths, adaptations and habitats during All About Bats and Bat Houses. The event will be offered twice: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Schramm Education Center’s classroom and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Louisville State Recreation Area’s Oak Shelter. Participants will discover how and …

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Variety of events help celebrate Nebraska Reptile Month

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LINCOLN, Neb. – October is Nebraska Reptile Month. By a proclamation from Gov. Pete Ricketts, Nebraska is recognizing the month as Nebraska Reptile Awareness Month. Reptiles benefit Nebraska by maintaining rodent and insect populations, serving as biological indicators of ecosystem health, and are predator and prey and aid in energy flow in a variety of habitats. The following are a few events in October to celebrate the proclamation: Nebraska Reptile Month K-12 Art Contest continues The Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Sen. Fischer supports bipartisan bill to benefit wildlife

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Sen. Deb Fischer has signed onto a bipartisan wildlife conservation bill, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which will dedicate $1.4 billion annually to locally-led efforts to help at-risk wildlife species in Nebraska and nationwide. Approximately $17 million would go to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and be used to implement its wildlife action plan, a cooperation with organizations and landowners interested in financial and technical assistance to address conservation concerns and improve fish and wildlife habitat. Private …

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Game and Parks appoints McCoy as director

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners on Sept. 29 appointed Tim McCoy to become the agency’s new director. McCoy, currently the deputy director, succeeds Jim Douglas, who is retiring Nov. 2 following 47 years at Nebraska Game and Parks, the last nine as director. “I am honored to be selected as the next director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission,” McCoy said. “It is a unique privilege and responsibility to lead the stewardship of Nebraska’s fish, …

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Bohl is state champion at Smallbore Silhouette Invitational

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Danika Bohl of Mitchell hit 34 of 40 targets to win the Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational on a windy day Sept. 25 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow. Austin Rahmig of Gering was High Boy hitting 33 targets and Gavin Carrizales of Scottsbluff was Runner-up Boy hitting 32. Laney Bohl of Mitchel was High Girl with a 31. The Bohls, Rahmig and Carrizales won the team championship for the third year in a …

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