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Stutheit presented with DU Wetland Manager Award

LINCOLN, Neb. – Randy Stutheit, wetland biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, was presented the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Wetland Manager Award on Feb. 28. John Denton, DU’s manager of conservation programs for Nebraska, made the presentation at Game and Parks’ Lincoln headquarters. Stutheit also was recognized that evening at the Lancaster County DU banquet. Stutheit, who has more than 35 years of service with Game and Parks, works on wetland conservation projects throughout the state. One of his …

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Public access to Hudson Lake closes Feb. 28

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Ice anglers on Hudson Lake in Cherry County are reminded by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission that public access to that private lake ends Feb. 28. The lease agreement that allows ice-fishing on Hudson, a 160-acre lake southwest of Valentine, stipulates that public access is allowed during daylight hours from December through February.

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Hunting trip planners available on Game and Parks’ website

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Start planning a fall hunt today by downloading trip planners at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website. These printable, species-specific trip planners – which are available for prairie grouse, quail, pheasant, mule deer and turkey – condense a variety of useful information into two pages. Regions of the state offering great hunting and public access opportunities are highlighted in the trip planners. They also suggest lodging options, highlight public lands and recommend other outdoor activities to …

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Eligible hunters may apply for auxiliary mountain lion permits

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications for an auxiliary mountain lion hunting season will be accepted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission from March 1-5. Up to four permits will be drawn for the auxiliary season in the North Subunit of Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, which is March 15-31. Only hunters who held a North Subunit permit but did not harvest a mountain lion during the earlier North Subunit season may apply. From 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1 through 11:59 …

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Lincoln firm honored for lake improvements on Platte River State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Lincoln engineering firm has won an award for its work on a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission project at Platte River State Park. JEO Consulting Group of Lincoln received a Water Resources Merit Award in the annual American Council of Engineering Companies Nebraska (ACEC) awards program for its work on improvements at Jenny Newman Lake. The Jenny Newman Lake renovation project, which was completed in 2016, remedied a deteriorated principle spillway, improved water quality, enhanced angler …

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Spring’s arrival brings fresh opportunities to enjoy Mahoney State Park beginning March 1

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LINCOLN, Neb. – As spring arrives, celebrate by enjoying fresh opportunities for seasonal fun at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP). For a more laid-back experience, bring the family to Peter Kiewit Lodge, which offers 40 guest rooms and a great view of the Platte River. Stop by to observe the spring migration, see wildlife feeding near the building and to enjoy an excellent meal at the park’s restaurant, Caddy’s Parkside Grill. In celebration of spring’s return, the park entry …

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March outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in March. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. March 1 – Hunter Education New Instructor Training, Nebraska Shooters, Firth March 1-14 – Archery paddlefish permit application period March 2 – Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey workshop, YMCA of the Prairie, Holdrege March 2, 9, 16 – Marsh Madness, …

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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this spring

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked in city ponds, park lakes, and other waters across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning in March. Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple of feet above the hook and a bobber …

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Schoolyard Bioblitz workshop April 27 at Schramm Education Center

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A Schoolyard Bioblitz workshop for formal and informal educators will be held at Schramm Education Center on April 27. This workshop, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will inform about citizen science, facilitating Bioblitz events, using iNaturalist in the classroom, and resources available for educators. A Bioblitz is a collaborative survey of the different species found within a defined area during a certain timeframe. It allows students to practice fieldwork, data collection, and the chance to learn …

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Bighorn sheep captured in the Panhandle

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CHADRON, Neb. — Bighorn sheep in the Panhandle are sporting some new hardware this week thanks to the work of a helicopter capture crew, wildlife professionals and volunteers. South Dakota State University joined the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in capturing and processing a total of 48 sheep Monday and Tuesday — 22 in the Wildcat Hills near McGrew and 26 at three locations in the Pine Ridge near Chadron and Crawford. Wildlife professionals have ramped up monitoring efforts in …

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