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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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Find 100 birds during Nebraska parks centennial year

LINCOLN, Neb. — In honor of 100 years of state parks, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is calling on birders to find and identify 100 bird species in its park areas by the end of 2021. Birders of all experience levels are invited to visit Game and Parks’ state parks, state recreation areas, state historical parks or wildlife management areas to spot birds and log them using eBird or iNaturalist. Both are available online or via mobile app. Once …

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June offers ways to celebrate state park system centennial

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks system centennial is in full swing, and June still offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate at state parks across the state. So hop in the car and hit the road for one of the following opportunities for adventure. Rock Creek Station hosts Ranch Life Saturdays LINCOLN, Neb. — Travel back in time to the mid-1800s during living history Saturdays at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park in southeast Nebraska. From …

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National Marina Day set for June 19 at Lewis and Clark SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area will be hosting National Marina Day on June 19 at the park near Crofton. Event highlights include a campsite or cabin marina-themed decorating contest, sandcastle building competition, lure making, fishing, hayrack rides, outdoor games and a fish fry. The fish fry will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will cost $12 for ages 13 and up; $6 for ages 4 to 12; and free for those 3 and under. The …

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