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Sight-in range at Killdeer to temporarily close

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The rifle sight-in range at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County will briefly close sometime between Aug. 16 and Sept. 1 for a fence project. A new fence will be installed along the perimeter of the WMA during that timeframe, weather depending. The sight-in range will only be closed when the fencing project is near the 100-yard range; signs will be posted on the days it is closed for patron and worker safety. The range is …

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Sutherland, Johnson SRAs get fishing cleaning station upgrades

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Two fishing cleaning stations are out of commission at the Sutherland and Johnson state recreation areas as they get upgraded with a more efficient and safer design. The Barracuda Fish Grinder is being installed at the north inlet campground at Johnson Lake and at Sutherland’s Reservoir. The fish cleaning stations in those locations will be closed about two weeks as new electrical, plumbing and waste discharge are installed for the upgraded table. The fish cleaning station located …

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Win a camper while making memories at Nebraska parks

Family posing in the Fort Robinson photo frame.

LINCOLN, Neb. — In some photos, a single person fills the hand-built blue photo frame, the backdrop a memorable location within one of Nebraska’s state park treasures. In others, extended families spill over, 20 or 30 of them gathered behind the selfie station frame, nearly blocking the entire view of the park, but capturing a treasured moment to share in the future. Each is participating in Your Parks Adventure, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission challenge to outdoor enthusiasts to …

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Game and Parks offers depredation tools for landowners

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds landowners there are tools and resources available to those experiencing crop and livestock damage due to wildlife. Landowners can contact their nearest Game and Parks district office to discuss options to alleviate damage, such as scare devices, fences, damage control permits or opening lands to public access for hunting. Find an office at outdoornebraska.gov/locations. In addition, landowners can go online to relate wildlife damage issues to Game and Parks at outdoornebraska.gov/depredation. Big …

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Sign up for the Director’s Take Aim Games set for Aug. 21

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln is hosting a new event for families and young adults: the Director’s Take Aim Games. The Games will allow groups of up to seven to register for light-hearted competition in various shooting sports, such as indoor rifle, outdoor archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshots and more. Start times for the competition rounds are 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the outdoor education center, 4703 N. 44th St. Participants can …

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Follow these safety tips when enjoying water activities

LINCOLN, Neb. — With soaring temperatures, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would like to issue the following safety reminders to those out enjoying water activities. Never swim alone — Always swim with a buddy. Pay attention — Avoid distractions and focus on swim mates and the water. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children, according to the American Red Cross, and drownings can happen in seconds, as well as in shallow waters. Staying watchful — even of strong swimmers …

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Dark skies, bright stars and music top August parks events

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From the annual Nebraska Star Party to sandcastle building and pioneer musicals, August promises a variety of events at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission locations. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering a park area. Learn more at OutdoorNebraska.org. Celebrate dark skies at annual star party Aug. 1-6 at Merritt Reservoir LINCOLN, Neb. – Take advantage of Merritt Reservoir’s dark skies and take in the wonders of the night sky during the 28th annual Nebraska Star Party on …

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Calamus Kayak Adventure Race postponed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Calamus Kayak Adventure Race, scheduled for July 29, has been postponed because a health alert for a harmful algal bloom was issued at Calamus State Recreation Area on July 23. Calamus Superintendent Logan Epp said he hopes to reschedule the event but that will depend on the future presence of the harmful algal bloom, also known as blue-green algae. Lakes are tested weekly by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. The race was to be …

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Cause of Lake McConaughy white-bass die-off still inconclusive

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The cause of a fish die-off at Lake McConaughy, Nebraska’s largest reservoir, remains inconclusive. Fisheries biologists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are investigating a die-off, in which approximately 1,000 dead fish were discovered on the west half of the reservoir. Adult white bass comprised 99% of those fish. Point-source pollution – any single source from which pollutants are discharged, such as a pipe – does not appear to be a factor, and water quality parameters …

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Participate in summer turkey survey during July, August

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is encouraging the public’s participation in its annual summer turkey survey July 1-Aug. 31. The survey provides useful estimates about annual production by wild turkey hens and how many poults, or young turkeys, survive the summer brood-rearing period. These records and observations inform management decisions regarding wild turkeys. During the months of July and August, survey participants may report all turkey observations they make. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/turkeybroodsurvey for instructions and the survey link. The …

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