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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 July 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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$6.4M Helmsley Charitable Trust Grant funds life-saving tech for Game and Parks

Photo: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers and parks staff, along with members of several other law enforcement agencies, were trained on new Automated External Defibrillators received as part of a $6.4 million grant during a session May 17, 2021, at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Every Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officer, as well as its parks facilities, is now equipped with the next generation of Automated External Defibrillators thanks to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. In an ongoing effort to improve the cardiac system of care in the Upper Midwest, the Trust awarded a grant of $6.4 million to equip every law enforcement agency with the equipment; Game and Parks received 119 of the new AEDs. …

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Archery, pellet gun range opening during Chadron State Park celebration

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CHADRON, Neb. — Among the highlights of Chadron State Park’s centennial celebration June 11-12 will be the opening of its new indoor archery and pellet gun range. The grand opening and ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12. Situated between the park’s office and Trading Post activities center, the 3,100-square-foot building will include both 3-D and bulls-eye archery targets, and a five-station pellet gun range with an automated interactive shooting gallery. The facility has a hunting theme …

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Public input sought on proposed Fort Kearny master plan

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A master plan is being developed for the Fort Kearny State Recreation Area and State Historical Park; and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking public input. The proposed plan strikes a balance between historic preservation and recreation opportunities for current and future visitors. The public is invited to an in-person open house from 5:30-7 p.m. June 22 in the Event Room at the Archway in Kearney. The open house will have several stations where the …

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Landowners have until June 23 to enroll in Open Fields and Waters

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Private landowners have until June 23 to enroll their land in Open Fields and Waters, a voluntary program in which they can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting, trapping and/or fishing access on their properties. Landowners earn annual, per-acre payments of up to $15, depending on habitat type and location. Additional financial incentives may be available for habitat improvements on enrolled acres. Game and Parks is seeking to add Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, fields; Wetland …

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Liberalized fishing regulations declared for Wagon Train Reservoir

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has declared a fish salvage for Wagon Train Lake at Wagon Train State Recreation Area east of Hickman in advance of an Aquatic Habitat Project to be completed in the fall. Anglers will be allowed to salvage fish by hook and line and archery during standard seasons for human consumption until June 4, 2022. Minimum length limits on fish will be rescinded, but bag limits will be maintained. A 12-foot drawdown …

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