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Hunters go for Upland Slam starting Sept. 1

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters again are challenged to go afield with family and friends and harvest four upland bird species this fall to complete the Nebraska Upland Slam. The challenge of the Upland Slam, a partnership among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, Inc., and Quail Forever, is to harvest a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chicken and northern bobwhite quail in Nebraska this season. Successful hunters then go online to upload a photo of each harvested bird …

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Lewis and Clark SRA holding lighted boat parade Sept. 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area on Sept. 6 for the Second Annual Weigand Marina Parade of Lights. Set for 8 p.m., the lighted boat parade at Weigand Marina offers a fun display for onlookers, as well as a pirate-themed contest for boaters who register for the parade. Judges will award prizes to winners in both divisions, for Weigand Marina slip-holders and non-slip holders. The parade is free to participate in, but …

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Willow Creek, Rockford, Wagon Train remain on health alert

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert for harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae, remains in effect at Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County, Rockford Lake in Gage County and Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County. The alert has been removed at Calamus Reservoir in Loup and Garfield counties, Johnson Lake in Gosper and Dawson counties and Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. Visitors to Willow Creek, Rockford and Wagon Train state recreation areas should avoid full-body contact activities …

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Game and Parks encourages hunters to register on antlerless hunter database

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In 2019, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission launched a new tool to help landowners address deer populations on their property. Because changes have been made to the program to make this tool more effective for landowners, all hunters will need to reregister in the program. These changes include a limit to the number of counties a hunter can register for at five. Hunters also must list their city and state of residence. Game and Parks’ Antlerless …

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Prescribed burns planned for some wildlife management areas

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed burns are planned in the upcoming months on some Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas if weather conditions allow. Burns during the summer and fall can help set back undesirable plants that invade native prairies and other grasslands. Eastern redcedar trees and undesirable deciduous shrubs have higher mortality during summer burns because of higher air temperatures and because they’ve expended much of their energy flowering and producing fruit. Green vegetation in summer and early …

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Late summer can provide plenty of action for white bass, wipers

By Daryl Bauer Nebraska Game and Parks Commission By staying versatile and fishing for a variety of species, an angler can almost always find something biting somewhere in the state – even in late summer. Fishing gets tougher during the summer, but not because the fish do not like the heat or quit feeding. With the peak water temperatures, fish actually feed more during the summer than any other time of year. Fishing gets tough because natural prey is at …

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Wetlands conditions mixed across Nebraska this year

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Wetlands conditions throughout the state, including in the Rainwater Basin region of south-central Nebraska, are mixed this year, with some areas having an abundance of water and many other areas having gone dry over the past few months. Hunters should be prepared to scout ahead of teal season. The conditions recently were observed by biologists on the ground. To view the Aug. 20 report on wetland conditions and pumping plans, go to OutdoorNebraska.gov/waterfowlchecklist, where updates will be …

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Hunters urged to stay safe in the field this season

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters should commit themselves to staying safe in the field, as the next few weeks will see the start of many hunting seasons, such as dove, early teal and archery deer. Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Jackson Ellis says hunter safety involves the use of hunter orange, firearm rules and proper preparation. Firearm safety rules Many dove and teal hunts are in a group setting with friends and family. Be sure to know where everyone is located. Establish …

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“The Science of …” virtual webinar series features eight new topics

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Why do deer sport antlers? Why do badgers live in burrows? How are mushrooms different than plants? Learn the answers to these questions and more through an eight-week virtual webinar series hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators starting Sept. 3. The series, “The Science of …,” will take place via Zoom at 3 p.m. on Thursdays and is designed for anyone curious about the natural world — but especially for trivia hounds. The series will …

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September outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in September. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Sept. 1 – Hunting seasons open for cottontail, jackrabbit, dove, snipe, grouse, rail, raccoon and opossum Sept. 1 – Archery, River Antlerless Private Land Only, Antlerless Only Season Choice, Statewide Whitetail Buck, Landowner, Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area and Youth deer hunting seasons open Sept. 1 – Archery bull elk season opens Sep. 1-7 …

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