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Kayak Kid Essay Competition accepting submissions through Oct. 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – Youth are invited to enter the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Kayak Kid Essay Competition for the chance to win an outdoors prize package. The contest requires a handwritten 250-word essay expressing why growing up in the outdoors is important. Entries must include a photo of the essay writer at one of the southwest region parks or reservoirs, including Johnson Lake, Elwood Reservoir, Gallagher Canyon Reservoir, Lake Maloney, Sutherland Reservoir, Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and …

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National Reptile Awareness Day art contest begins

Painted turtle

LINCOLN, Neb. — Students across Nebraska are invited to celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day 2020 through an art competition hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Young artists in grades K-12 may submit their original artwork of a Nebraska native reptile by Oct. 14 at outdoornebraska.org/reptileart. Each student that submits a digital piece of artwork will receive a Reptile-ology magazine. Winners from each grade level will be selected by Game and Parks staff and announced on National Reptile Awareness Day …

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Kept fresh, trout make easy, tasty meal

Fish cleaning

By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Keep your catch of fish as fresh as possible and you will be rewarded with a wonderful meal that is the finale to a fishing trip. In mid-October, trout will be stocked across Nebraska in small city park ponds and state park lakes. These pan-sized fish offer a person the delicious main course of a meal. From the lake to the table, every step is critical in making the best of what …

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Man dies, woman injured in boating accident at Lake Mac

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A Colorado man died in a boating accident Saturday afternoon at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. A Colorado Springs woman was injured in the same accident. Kevin Kiesow, 53, of Colorado Springs was taken to Ogallala Community Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead. Kim Lampe, 55, also of Colorado Springs, was admitted to the hospital and is recovering. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers responded to the report of an accident at 3:51 p.m. near …

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Duck Slam challenge for Nebraska waterfowl hunters

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with Ducks Unlimited, are again challenging waterfowl hunters to participate in the Nebraska Duck Slam. The 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 ducks must be harvested in Nebraska, and hunters must upload a photo of each harvest at OutdoorNebraska.org/DuckSlam. Those who successfully complete the slam …

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Hunters go for Upland Slam starting Sept. 1

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters again are challenged to go afield with family and friends and harvest four upland bird species this fall to complete the Nebraska Upland Slam. The challenge of the Upland Slam, a partnership among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, Inc., and Quail Forever, is to harvest a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chicken and northern bobwhite quail in Nebraska this season. Successful hunters then go online to upload a photo of each harvested bird …

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“The Science of …” virtual webinar series features eight new topics

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Why do deer sport antlers? Why do badgers live in burrows? How are mushrooms different than plants? Learn the answers to these questions and more through an eight-week virtual webinar series hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators starting Sept. 3. The series, “The Science of …,” will take place via Zoom at 3 p.m. on Thursdays and is designed for anyone curious about the natural world — but especially for trivia hounds. The series will …

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Take ’em Hunting launches second year of mentorship challenge

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with AKRS Equipment Solutions, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and the National Wild Turkey Federation, is launching its second annual Take ’em Hunting challenge to hunters starting Sept. 1. Participants are encouraged to introduce someone new to hunting during the 2020-2021 hunting seasons, and then upload a photo of their trip to the Game and Parks website. Those who do will be registered to win prizes, including a …

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Explore biodiversity with Mahoney State Park bioblitz

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to explore the biodiversity at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park with a bioblitz through the end of this month. A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Through the end of August, participants can log onto the iNaturalist app and photograph any birds, trees, grasses, flowers, fungi, insects and animals they see at Mahoney. Park naturalists will help identify …

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Steel-plate shooting challenge for women set for Aug. 22

Steel-plate shooting complex

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting a Steel Plate Challenge speed-shooting competition for women from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 22 at the Weeping Water Gun Club, 3590 Scenic Drive, Weeping Water. Prior experience with rifles and handguns is required. Participants must be 18 or older, and should register in advance at www.register-ed.com/events/view/161400. The cost is $10 to participate. Participants should bring their own eye and ear protection, as well as their own handgun or …

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