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Accept Take ’em Fishing Challenge for chance to win prizes

LINCOLN, Neb. – Summer is here, and people all across Nebraska are fishing. Why not introduce someone new to fishing, snap a photo of the adventure and register in the Take ’em Fishing Challenge for a chance to win a prize? This is the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s second year offering the challenge, which encourages experienced anglers to take a pledge to go fishing with a beginner or someone who hasn’t fished in several years. Anglers who take a …

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Nebraska Game and Parks announces grand prize winner of Take ‘Em Hunting Challenge

GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska – Take ’em Hunting Challenge grand prize winner Adam Paitz of Grand Island is ready to make memories with his family riding his new John Deere utility terrain vehicle, donated by AKRS Equipment for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission contest. Paitz was selected at random June 1 from the more than 2,175 who participated in the challenge to take along someone new or just beginning hunting and submit their photos online. Paitz, a police officer for …

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New prohibition on alcohol possession focuses on making Lake McConaughy safer, more family-friendly

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, working in collaboration with Ogallala and Keith County area partners, will implement actions designed to make the Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas safer and more family-friendly destinations by enhancing recreational facilities and prohibiting the possession of alcohol. The new regulation, which now bans the possession and consumption of alcohol at the two state recreation areas, officially went into effect June 9. Management plans also call for increased law …

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Game and Parks cabin, lodge closures extended through June 15

LINCOLN, Nebraska — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will continue cabin, lodge and group activity shelter closures at state park and recreation areas through June 15, with a further possible extension, in a proactive effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closures are being continued until proper disinfection between reservations can be achieved for the safety of guests and their communities. “While this may be an inconvenience to those who have reservations for facilities, we want to make …

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Digital archive features first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine

Nebraskaland Digital archive collage

LINCOLN, Nebraska — The first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine are now available free in digital form online after a three-year collaboration between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. Readers can view, browse and search the editions between 1926 and 1976 at Nebraskaland.unl.edu. The years made available capture changes in the magazine from its first iteration as Outdoor Nebraska, a publication created by the state’s first game warden, …

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Gov. Ricketts appoints Kush as Game & Parks Commissioner

Donna Kush

LINCOLN – Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Donna Kush of Omaha, a corporate leader in public affairs, policy, communications and marketing, to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to represent District 2 (Douglas County). Kush is president and chief executive officer of the Omaha Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the nation. She has more than 28 years of corporate experience, building and restructuring organizations, developing strategic plans and initiatives, leading public-private partnerships, and managing crisis situations. “Donna …

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Some state park area RV camping opportunities to be restored

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LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraskans may begin enjoying recreational vehicle camping by reservation only at select state park areas starting May 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Limited RV camping will be available at select park areas where social distancing and group-size recommendations can be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s public health directives amid the COVID-19 health situation. A list of the available park areas will be posted on the agency website and updated as additional …

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Highlight Outdoor Nebraska’s finest on your next video conference

LINCOLN, Neb. – With virtual meetings expected to be a part of people’s lives for the foreseeable future as the coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is making available 12 iconic photos for use as video conferencing backgrounds. The photos, featuring the photography of Nebraskaland Magazine, showcase wildlife, scenic parks and stunning views, so those connecting over virtual conference platforms for work or for fun can highlight their sense of adventure — and hide any messes …

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Get involved in the 2020 Nebraska Bird Month Challenge

LINCOLN, Nebraska – In honor of the role birds play in Nebraska’s economy and ecosystems, Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed May as Nebraska Bird Month. The monthlong celebration, typically celebrated with bird-related events across the state, has taken on a new form this year in the interest of public health due to the novel coronavirus. Rather than attend an event, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites Nebraskans to get outside, look for birds and join a national citizen science program …

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A fun challenge for you: Camp at home, Nebraska

Camping at home

LINCOLN, Neb. – Though Nebraskans everywhere have been practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the community, camping enthusiasts need only look to their home or backyard for the ultimate “getaway.” “Nebraska Game and Parks Commission knows that camping is one of many people’s favorite activities, and we want to encourage you to create memories with your family during this time by doing some of your favorite things at home,” said Parks Division Administrator Jim Swenson. …

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