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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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Game and Parks Director receives conservation profession recognition

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Director Jim Douglas recently was honored with the Sagamore of the Forest, Fields and Streams award for his contributions to the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA), as well as for his leadership of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Keith Warnke, president of MAFWA and director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, presented the award at a ceremony Tuesday in recognition of Douglas’ leadership with the organization for the past 10 years and …

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Family from Murray wins Take ’em Hunting grand prize UTV

From left, Bob Allen, Nebraska Game and Parks commissioner; Jim Douglas, Game and Parks director; Rick Brandt, commissioner; Jody Hellbusch; Kaylee Hellbusch, 12; Leigh Hellbusch, winner of the Take 'em Hunting grand prize; Connor Hellbusch, 10; and Kent Kirchhoff, vice president of sales and marketing with AKRS Equipment, during a ceremony June 24, 2021, at the AKRS store in Gretna, Nebraska. | Jeff Kurrus, Nebraskaland, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN, Neb. — In their Take ’em Hunting selfie, Kaylee Hellbusch gives the camera a quiet, happy smile as her dad, Leigh, snaps the picture from their tree stand. On Thursday, the two smiled once more as the Hellbusch family accepted the Take ’em Hunting grand prize John Deere crossover utility vehicle, donated by AKRS Equipment, in a ceremony at the AKRS Gretna store. Leigh Hellbusch, of Murray, was selected at random from more than 1,400 who participated in the …

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Man injured in jet ski accident at Lake Mac

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A 24-year old Omaha man was injured in a jet ski collision at about 4 p.m. June 21 at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area in Keith County. The man was taken to UC Health University of Colorado Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. He and a 27-year-old Omaha man were driving their jet skis in the Martin Bay area of the lake near beach area No. 2 when the 27-year-old collided with the man’s jet ski, striking his leg. …

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Lake Mac fully booked on Fourth of July weekend

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are fully booked from July 2-5 for overnight campgrounds, including beach campsites. Overnight visitors interested in visiting the two western Nebraska reservoirs for the upcoming holiday are encouraged to find alternative lodging. Find local community hotels, vacation homes by rental, cabins and private campgrounds at ILoveLakeMac.com. Visitors should check availability at private overnight accommodations. Day-use activities, such as fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and bird watching remain available with …

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Deadline for multispecies lottery permit applications is July 2

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters have until July 2 to apply for a 2021-2022 multispecies lottery permit. Two types of permits are available: Super Tag and Combo. The Super Tag permit is valid in 2021 and 2022 for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). The permit is valid in open seasons with the appropriate weapons. One Super Tag …

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Teen injured in jet ski accident at Bridgeport

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A 15-year-old girl from Bayard was injured in a jet ski accident Saturday night at Bridgeport State Recreation Area near Gering, Nebraska. She is recovering at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado. The teen was injured at about 6 p.m. Mountain time when the jet ski on which she was riding passenger was struck by a second jet ski also driven by a teen from Bayard. The three teens had been riding two jet skis around the …

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Commissioners approve mountain lion, river otter seasons

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a 2021 river otter harvest season and a 2022 mountain lion hunting season at its June 11 meeting in Chadron. The Nebraska River Otter Management Plan was adopted by the Commission. The goal of the plan is to maintain resilient, healthy and socially acceptable river otter populations that are in balance with available habitat and other wildlife species. Otters, at one time on the state Endangered List and then the …

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