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River access for paddlers closed at lower Platte River park areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – River access for kayaks and canoes remains closed for safety reasons at Platte River State Park, Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Louisville State Recreation Area, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The lower Platte River along these park areas in Sarpy and Cass counties is experiencing above-normal flows.

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Trout to be stocked at Omaha’s Fontenelle Park Pond

LINCOLN, Neb. – Omaha’s Fontenelle Park Pond will receive 1,200 rainbow trout from the Grove Trout Rearing Station on April 24. The City of Omaha temporarily will waive a restriction that limits fishing to children younger than 16 years, adults with actively fishing children, and adults 65 or older. All ages of anglers will be allowed to fish this pond April 24 through June 23. A fish permit is required. Also being stocked this week are: Lake Helen, Gothenburg; Plum …

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Explore outdoor activities at Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo May 11

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn new skills and discover more ways to enjoy the outdoors at the 13th annual Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo on May 11. This free Expo, designed for family members of all ages and experience levels, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, located just southeast of Kearney. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. With more than 50 hands-on activities, demos and presentations to …

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May outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in May. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. May 1, 8, 15 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Archery Class, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville May 2-4 – Cornhusker Trapshoot, Nebraska Trapshooting Association grounds, Doniphan May 4 – Take Pride in America …

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Turkey hunting conditions improve; volunteers aid parks’ cleanup effort

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s shotgun turkey season appears to be off to a good start one month after a catastrophic flood and severe winter storm hit the state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continues to assess damage on its properties as cleanup and repairs have begun. For hunters, turkeys that likely had been displaced from traditional spring habitats, such as riparian areas, likely will begin returning to those areas soon. Hunters should find turkeys breaking up and spreading out. …

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10,000 rainbow trout stocked in Lake Ogallala

LINCOLN, Neb. – Lake Ogallala’s trout fishery has been enhanced with the stocking of 10,000 rainbow trout by the Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery from April 4-15. In addition, the Grove Trout Rearing Station completed a second spring stocking April 16 at Columbus’ Pawnee Park West Lake, Norfolk’s TaHaZouka Park Lake, and West Point’s Neligh Park Pond. It stocked additional trout April 17 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake. The second trout stockings of some lakes came from a surplus created when …

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Bacon and Beer Feed April 28 at Fort Atkinson SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a meal of local bacon and beer at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on April 28. The Bacon and Beer Feed will take place fireside in the Council House from noon to 2 p.m. The four-course menu includes five varieties of bacon from local pork and beef. Cure Cooking and Too Far North, both located in Fort Calhoun, will provide the meal and brews. Visit curecooking.com/baconbeerfeed for the full menu and to register. The cost is …

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Private landowners may enroll in Open Fields and Waters

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologists are seeking private landowners interested in enrolling in the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) Program this spring. Through the program, landowners can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting, trapping and/or fishing access on their properties. With over 97 percent of Nebraska’s land-base in private ownership, obtaining access to private lands continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing hunters and anglers. In 2018, over 700 private landowners participated in …

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Commission to consider deer, antelope and elk hunting recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2019 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons when it meets April 24 at Ponca State Park. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the park’s Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center. The park is located at 88090 Spur 26E in Dixon County. A public hearing is scheduled for proposed amendments to Commission orders pertaining to season dates, bag limits, permit quantities and areas open …

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Enjoy history reenactment May 4-5 at Fort Hartsuff SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – The world of a Plains soldier will come to life May 4-5 at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park during the annual spring muster. At this event, themed Garrisons of the Frontier: Soldiering on the Northern Plains 1865-1870, reenactors will portray a soldier’s daily activities, including marching and standing guard, parade and inspection, cannon firings, barracks life and soldier antics. Daily civilian life will be portrayed as well, with laundresses, cooks and seamstresses hard at work around the …

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