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List of Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors changes

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters in southeast Nebraska wanting to participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program will have one less meat processor available to them this season. Pelican’s Processing in Johnson has reached capacity for deer processing for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program and no longer will accept donations. The revised list of participating meat processors: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats; Diller – Diller Locker; Franklin – Franklin Locker; Grand Island – Nielsen’s Processing; Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker; …

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Catch a festive park event near you

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska state parks will be offering a variety of events throughout the month of December. Find an event near you to celebrate the festive season. To stay informed about additional holiday events as they are scheduled, visit calendar.outdoornebraska.gov. Lewis and Clark SRA Tree Decorating Contest LINCOLN, Neb. — Put your tree decorating skills to the test for a chance to win a two-night cabin stay at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area near Crofton. The contest is …

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Game and Parks seeks comment on updated pheasant management plan

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking public input on its updated draft pheasant management plan. The 2021 Berggren Plan is named after the late Lynn Berggren, who served as a Commissioner from 2007-2016. The plan seeks to improve the pheasant hunting experience in Nebraska over the next five years with a primary emphasis on improving habitat and increasing public access with several priority areas located throughout the state. The plan aims to build on past …

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Still time to register for mentored squirrel hunt

LINCOLN, Neb. — A workshop and mentored squirrel hunt for women age 16 and older is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Cost is $15 and covers both instruction and materials. Lunch will be provided. An 8 a.m. learning session will cover squirrel hunting techniques and include target practice at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N 44th St., Lincoln. The second half of the workshop will be a guided hunt outside of Lincoln city limits. A …

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Family-friendly magician Chandler coming to Mahoney State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy family-friendly Omaha magician Ryan Chandler as he performs at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on Nov. 27 for the first of several dates. Chandler, who has appeared on television with magicians Penn and Teller, will perform at 3 p.m. at Kountze Memorial Theater. Other performances will be Dec. 18, 3 p.m.; Jan. 1, 5 p.m.; Feb. 12, 3 p.m.; March 12, 3 p.m.; April 1, 7 p.m.; and May 1, 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in December

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in December. Here are a few opportunities: Little Saplings early childhood program presents Night Animals LINCOLN, Neb. – The Little Saplings early childhood nature discovery program will have the program, Night Animals, at Schramm Education Center at 9 a.m. Dec. 1. Not all animals sleep at night. Discover how nature comes alive at night for many animals. The program, designed for children …

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Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest 2021 kicks off

Best of Show winner was “Young Buck” by Karen Kader of Omaha, a photograph captured at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. | Copyright Karen Kader

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept submissions for the 2021 Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest through Jan. 1, 2022. With miles of winding rivers, wide-open vistas and wildlife from border to border, Nebraska is a photographer’s paradise. Each year, Nebraskaland Magazine celebrates the state’s beauty and recognizes the outstanding work of photographers across Nebraska during this annual photo contest. Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to submit photos in four categories: Wildlife — …

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Bartunek family receives grand prize boat in Take ’em Fishing program

Mitch and Heather Bartunek introduced their 2-year-old daughter, Tinley, to fishing this year. Now that they have won the grand prize in the 2021 Take ’em Fishing program, they can take her fishing next year in their new Bass Tracker Classic XL fishing boat courtesy of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission)

LINCOLN, Neb. – When the opportunity arose, Mitch and Heather Bartunek decided to introduce their 2-year-old daughter, Tinley, to fishing. And now, after winning the grand prize in the 2021 Take ’em Fishing program, they’re looking forward to enjoying future fishing trips with their growing family from a new Bass Tracker Classic XL fishing boat. “This gives us new opportunities to spend time on the water as a family,” said Mitch, whose name was drawn out of nearly 2,500 entries …

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Game and Parks to release pheasants on 16 wildlife management areas before Thanksgiving

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will release adult rooster pheasants on 16 wildlife management areas prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The 16 WMAs are: Powder Creek, (Dixon County), Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), George Syas (Nance County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Cornhusker (Hall County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County), Randall W. Schilling (Cass), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Arrowhead (Gage County), Hickory Ridge …

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Bird Conservatory of the Rockies offers Family Nature Club in Scottsbluff

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Family Nature Club is a monthly event for children and adults to encourage discovery of the wonders of nature. The first session, Dec. 4 in Scottsbluff, will focus on birds. Delanie Bruce, educator for the Bird Conservatory of the Rockies, will lead the program at 10 a.m. at the Elks Shelter at Riverside Park. Participants will learn about bird adaptations for surviving Nebraska’s winters, bird songs and field identification, and a mini-bird count along the North Platte …

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