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Public may rent hunting equipment at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunting equipment now is available for rent by the public at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Outdoor Adventure Center. Rental has been offered to the university’s students for about a year, and recently expanded to allow the public to rent the equipment, too. Micaela Rahe, R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) coordinator with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said this is the first program of its kind in the state. “There …

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Livestream of big game presentation is Jan. 23

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters and landowners are invited to watch a livestream of a big game presentation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The livestream is an opportunity for people who are unable to attend one of the Commission’s big game public informational meetings around the state to participate by viewing and asking questions. Viewers are encouraged to send in big game questions via the Commission’s Contact Us form at OutdoorNebraska.gov/contact ahead of …

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Game and Parks Commission reports results of chronic wasting disease testing

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has tallied the results of its sampling efforts for chronic wasting disease in deer during the November 2019 firearm season, and the results show the presence of chronic wasting disease in Howard County of central Nebraska for the first time. Game and Parks conducted chronic wasting disease sampling at deer check stations in northwestern and northeastern Nebraska during the firearm deer season by removing lymph nodes for testing. Deer that tested …

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Survival On the Missouri

A Warm Day It was Nov. 30, 1998. Three of my childhood friends were coming back to duck hunt – a tradition we had done since the mid-1980s. I’ve known one since kindergarten, the rest of them fifth and sixth grade, more than 50 years. We grew up hunting together with BB guns, so we spent a lot of time in the field getting to know one another. This probably had a lot to do with the fact we’re still …

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Late-Season Deer Hunting Tips

Sadly, it’s the time of year when many deer hunters start hanging up their gear for the season. Perhaps they have already harvested deer, or are tired of trying to do so with their bow, crossbow or muzzleloader, or are just not interested in taking a doe during the deep-freeze weather of the late season. Whatever the case may be, that deer hunting gear should not be put away! Hunters should not let the word ‘late’ make them feel pressured or …

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Spring turkey permits available Jan. 13

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2020 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 13. Nebraska offers the best turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. Nebraska offers birds in every county of the state. The state also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, great public access and $8 permits for youth. Wild turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy high success rates. In the spring, hunters can purchase as many as three permits, …

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8 New Year’s Resolutions for Hunters

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions — a promise to do good on acts of self-improvement — has been around for thousands of years on both the eastern and western hemispheres. While many individuals vow to eat better, exercise more, stop smoking and build up their finances, it is far easier to make and fulfill New Year’s resolutions for an activity of which you are passionate, like hunting in Nebraska. So, here are eight suggested hunting-oriented New Year’s resolutions …

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Duck season dates incorrectly stated in Small Game and Waterfowl Guide

LINCOLN, Neb. – Duck and coot season dates are incorrectly stated on page 6 of the 2019-2020 Small Game and Waterfowl Guide. The dates are correctly stated on page 19 of the same guide. The list of duck and coot hunting season dates on page 6 incorrectly omit the Low Plains and High Plains unit distinctions for Zones 2 and 3. The correct season dates for duck and coot seasons are: Zone 1 — Oct. 12 – Dec. 24, 2019; …

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The FUNdamentals Of Cooking Your Holiday Wild Game

The holiday season, arrival of the new year and football bowl games bring an assortment of wild game from field to table. But with so many options for cooking cuts of wild game meat, it can sure be difficult for the inexperienced cook to know where to start, right? No matter what the scenario is, any professional chef will tell you there’s nothing magical or mystical about preparing a delicious wild game dinner. It is a fun and adventurous thing to …

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Late antlerless deer season extended for residents in two areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – Due to deer depredation issues, Nebraska’s late antlerless season has been extended in the Frenchman West and Loup East Season Choice Areas. This extension, made through Secretarial Order by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is for residents only. It allows a hunter with a permit to hunt in the designated Season Choice Area from Jan. 1-15, 2020 to be legally allowed to hunt and harvest antlerless deer from Jan. 1-31, 2020. Permits allowed in the Frenchman …

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