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Bighorn Sheep Lottery Permit Applications Close on Aug. 5

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LINCOLN – Nebraska residents may apply for a bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 5. One lottery permit will be issued in 2016. Residents who will be at least 12 years of age by the opening day of the bighorn sheep season may apply. Residents may apply once per calendar year and may receive one permit per lifetime. The nonrefundable application fee is $25. Nonresidents are not eligible. Applications must be received in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Lincoln …

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Commission accepting Applications for Gifford Point WMA Access Permits until July 31

Lincoln — Deer hunters interested in hunting at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area this year may apply for access permits until July 31. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will authorize 200 permits allowing deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply for these permits, hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or antlerless only season choice Wahoo. Gifford Point WMA is closed to the use of rimfire …

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Super Tag, Combo Lottery Permit Winners Drawn

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LINCOLN – Daniel Nelson, of Denton, and Jason Stephens, of North Platte, were drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission drew the names July 8. Cameron Sonnenfeld, of Ravenna, and William Ryden, of Julesburg, Colorado, were drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits. The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2016 and 2017. The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one antelope, one …

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Big Game Permits Available July 11

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LINCOLN – Nebraska deer, antelope and elk permits will be available for purchase on a first-come basis beginning at 1 p.m. Central time on July 11. Residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners will be able to purchase remaining deer and antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners will be able to purchase remaining elk permits. Permits may be purchased at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices, at OutdoorNebraska.org, or via mailed application form. For more information on big game hunting …

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Independence Day

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The “4th of July” is a huge holiday for my family.  Many of us would rate it as the best holiday of the year.  Why?  I do not know all the reasons, but most of all it is enjoying our time together.  Oh, there will be lots of good food, antics, and yes, you could say we like to blow stuff up, but really I believe it is because we do it all together! Have you ever stopped and wondered …

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Plan Ahead for Hunter Ed

According to the calendar, summer officially begins on June 20th and the weather is heating up fast.  So instead of rifles, shotguns, bows, and wild game, most folks are probably thinking about baseball, swimming and barbecues.  But now is the time to start thinking about the various options available for completing hunter education so you are ready for this fall. In Nebraska, all hunters age 12 through 29 who hunt any game species with a firearm or airgun, must carry …

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Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Meat processors have until July 20 to apply for participation in the 2016 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The application form and program guidelines are available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/HHH. Scroll down to Participating Processors and then click on “apply.” The Commission will accept applications for participation in any of Nebraska’s 2016 deer hunting seasons. The Commission will contact eligible applicants by Aug. …

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Big Game Handgun Hunting Primer

Those that know me know that handgun hunting is my passion.  I would rather use a handgun than any other method of take for small and big game.   I think this started from days when my Dad would take me to the farm for an afternoon of plinking with our 22 LR pistols. We would also watch old westerns movies that made me dream about riding the range with a six-gun on my hip! Those days had a huge …

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Interactive Missouri River Outdoor Recreation Access Guide Now Available

LINCOLN – Recreational users of the Missouri River now have an interactive guide available to aid them in navigation and planning outdoor adventures – the Missouri River Outdoor Recreation Access Guide. The river and lands open to public access on its banks offer excellent fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing and kayaking and other activities. This guide shows approximately 160 public access sites for those activities along the Missouri as it flows downstream along Nebraska’s border. This guide also was designed as …

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Big Game Draw Unit Permit Application Period Begins June 13

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LINCOLN – Residents and nonresidents may apply for one 2016 Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning June 13, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on June 13. In-person paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 24. …

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