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Deer hunters reminded to follow four key safety rules

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The November firearm deer season is quickly approaching, and hunters are reminded to follow the four primary rules of firearm safety: Treat every firearm as if it is loaded; Always point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction; Be sure of your target, what is in front of it, and what is beyond it; and Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. Hunters that follow these four rules greatly reduce the …

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Nebraska American Legion donates to all-terrain wheelchair program at Nebraska state parks

LINCOLN – The Nebraska American Legion recently donated $16,055 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for state park visitors. Game and Parks currently has two of the tracked wheelchairs at Ponca State Park. The chairs provide people the freedom of mobility to hunt, fish, view nature and enjoy the outdoors in all types of terrain. “This track chair is going to give disabled veterans the kind of mobility and independence they need …

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Game and Parks to have special hours for deer permit sales

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will be open to serve deer hunters seeking permits on two days otherwise closed in November. Offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, North Platte, Alliance, Kearney and Bassett will be open for permit sales from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5, the Saturday of the Special Landowner Deer Season. The same offices will be open for permit sales from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. All Game and Parks offices will …

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Changes on tap for 2022 Special Landowner Deer Season

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Landowners interested in the Special Landowner Deer Season, now in its second year, should be aware of three changes beginning in 2022. This season 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 is not valid as a Limited Landowner Permit. The changes for …

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Olive Creek areas remains open after wildfire

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Olive Creek State Recreation Area and Olive Creek Wildlife Management Area in southwestern Lancaster County will remain open after a wildfire burned through both areas Oct. 23. Visitors should proceed with caution and be on the lookout for hazardous trees and potential hot spots in the burned areas. The boat ramp and campgrounds were not damaged in the fire. Users should be mindful of boundaries, however, as border fences and signs have not yet been replaced. Download the state recreation …

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Yankee Hill WMA boat ramp road closed for repairs

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The Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area boat ramp access road will be closed starting Wednesday, Oct. 26, until further notice so work on the boat ramp may begin. The ramp has suffered significant erosion caused by water and wave action that must be addressed before further damage occurs. Repair work is expected to take one to two weeks depending on weather conditions. All other access points to the wildlife management area just southwest of Lincoln are open. For more information, …

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Kissinger WMA closed until further notice

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Kissinger Wildlife Management Area is temporarily closed effective immediately due to the presence of two endangered whooping cranes. The area will remain closed until further notice by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Kissinger WMA is about 1 mile north of Fairfield in Clay County. The closure is a standard procedure for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission once whooping cranes are confirmed on a property owned or managed by the agency. The property will be monitored for activity. “We …

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Parts of Fremont SRA to close for tree removal, trimming

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Segments of the Fremont State Recreation Area, including some campsites, will be closed starting Oct. 16 for hazardous tree removal and tree trimming. Between the evening of Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, the southwest entrance to the park will be closed, as will the gate at the west entrance and some access roads. Campsites 1-97 and 200-203 at the Pathfinder Campground and 208-224 at the Victory Campground sites will be closed during this timeframe, as trees are trimmed or removed …

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Embrace the view at these scenic state park trails

By Renae Blum, Nebraska Game and Parks CommissionSome of the best views in the state can be found along a trail at Nebraska’s state parks. Whether you’re exploring a shady pine forest or trekking to a scenic overlook, these trails are worth seeking out for the adventure – and beauty – they hold. Indian Cave State Park Hike Trail 8 at the thickly forested Indian Cave State Park to reach a ridgetop overlooking the Missouri River. Stop to take in …

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Fish salvage not permitted on Sutherland Canal system — yet

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Fish salvage along the Sutherland Canal system near North Platte will not be permitted at this time due to potentially unsafe conditions while maintenance is performed on canal structures. Nebraska Public Power District is currently performing canal structure inspections and repairs between Lake Ogallala and Lake Maloney state recreation areas, which necessitates caution. To allow for inspections, water is drawn down in sections and held behind gated water-control structures, known as checks. Staff, contractors and others are not permitted to …

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