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Lake Wanahoo PATH sites open for reservations

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Passing Along the Heritage mentored youth hunting program sites at Lake Wanahoo now may be reserved. Lake Wanahoo, in Saunders County, has seven units totaling 1,067 acres available for mentored youth hunting. Passing Along the Heritage (PATH) provides Nebraska youth under age of 18 and their mentors access to hunt on private lands and selected public lands. The mentor is there to help the youth and ensure a safe hunting experience. To locate and reserve a …

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Boat ramp now open at Indian Cave State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park is open for use following repairs. During the brief closure, silt was removed from the area, a guardrail was replaced and riprap was repaired along the bank. An entry permit is required of each vehicle entering Indian Cave State Park, which is located in Nemaha and Richardson counties. Find more information about the park at OutdoorNebraska.gov/indiancave.

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2020-2021 Public Access Atlas now available

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska has more than 1.2 million acres of publicly accessible lands across the state. The recently published 2020-2021 Public Access Atlas identifies and consolidates these public access resources for the benefit of Nebraska’s hunters, trappers and anglers. Printed copies of this year’s atlas are available at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices and service centers, and soon will be available wherever hunt and fish permits are sold. To request a printed copy of the atlas or other …

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Take ’em Hunting launches second year of mentorship challenge

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with AKRS Equipment Solutions, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and the National Wild Turkey Federation, is launching its second annual Take ’em Hunting challenge to hunters starting Sept. 1. Participants are encouraged to introduce someone new to hunting during the 2020-2021 hunting seasons, and then upload a photo of their trip to the Game and Parks website. Those who do will be registered to win prizes, including a …

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Commissioners to consider 2021 bighorn sheep season

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to authorize one lottery and one auction permit for the 2021 bighorn sheep season when it meets Aug. 28 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at Peter Kiewit Lodge. The Commission also will consider recommendations to: • increase various nonresident hunt, fish and big game permit fees. A public hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Central Time for proposed …

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Calamus, Johnson Lake, Bluestem, Willow Creek, Rockford, Wagon Train on health alert

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

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Dove hunting season opens Sept. 1 in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Dove hunting season begins soon and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has some reminders for hunters, as well as recommendations for areas to hunt. Dove hunting is fun and a great way to introduce someone to hunting or to kick off your own upland game hunting spending time in the field with family and friends. With a statewide distribution and generous bag limits, dove hunting provides some excellent opportunities. Doves may be hunted statewide Sept. 1 …

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Rainbow trout stockings resume at Gracie Creek Pond

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout were stocked in Gracie Creek Pond on Aug. 19 after the recent installation of a new fish screen at the outlet culvert. Plans to resume regular seasonal stockings at the popular fishery located on the north side of Calamus Reservoir in Loup County should be welcoming to anglers. Trout will be stocked at a reduced rate of 600 fish per stocking for the foreseeable future. The capacity of the pond has been reduced because …

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Repairs begin on boat ramp area at Indian Cave State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Repairs begin this week on the boat ramp area at Indian Cave State Park, including silt removal, guardrail replacement and repairing the riprap along the banks of the area. The boat ramp remains closed until this work is completed, which is estimated to be two to three weeks. An entry permit is required of each vehicle entering Indian Cave State Park.

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Fishing with basics of hooks, bobbers and sinkers

By Jerry Kane Nebraska Game and Parks Commission For a novice angler, selecting fishing tackle can be intimidating. An angler will find a lot to pick from at the store. Aisles of items, in fact. Any angler can keep things basic for starters, especially with simple hooks, sinkers and bobbers. Hooks Hooks can be used with worms, minnows, prepared baits or plastic baits. They come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. A good selection of hooks that will …

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