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Compete in Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Test your archery skills and compete for trophies at the Third Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. This fun event is open to serious archers and novices. This unique outdoor tournament uses a Lake of the Woods format, in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline. There are 14 divisions of competition for all ages, including a noncompetitive division. Trophies and …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 3

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2018 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 3. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. The permit will be drawn Aug. 16. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office at outdoornebraska.org. The 2018 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 27 – Dec. 22.

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Game and Parks accepting Gifford Point access permit applications July 9-30

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LINCOLN, Neb. – People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this fall may apply for access permits July 9-30, according to Neal Van Winkle of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Van Winkle, the Gifford Point WMA manager, said 200 authorization permits will be issued to allow deer hunters access to the area. To be eligible to apply, hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits: statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or …

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Enjoy history, food at Fort Hartsuff SHP on July 15

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a day of history and food July 15 at central Nebraska’s Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. A Dutch oven cooking demonstration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with three recipes available to sample. Humanities Nebraska will host a 3 p.m. program by author Jeff Barnes on his latest book, “Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings.” The park is located 6 miles southeast of Burwell in Valley County. A vehicle park entry permit is required.

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Fort Robinson, Wildcat Hills offer bighorn sheep viewing events

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CHADRON, Neb. – Two Panhandle parks are offering special opportunities to view the state’s best climbers – bighorn sheep. The hikes, which each begin at 9 a.m., will be Friday, July 13, at Fort Robinson State Park west of Crawford and Saturday, July 14, at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. Participants will gather at the parks and caravan to the sheep’s present range with the aid of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife technicians who use telemetry …

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Young zebra mussels detected at Cunningham Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – Microscopic young zebra mussels, known as veligers, recently were detected by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in a water sample collected at Glenn Cunningham Lake in late May. No adult zebra mussels were found in the lake. Field sampling for adult zebra mussels will be completed on the Omaha lake’s boat ramps, rocks and other hard structures over the next several weeks. Until an adult is found, Glenn Cunningham Lake will be considered a suspect water …

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Officers to conduct special patrols in Lancaster, Gage counties

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers will conduct special enforcement patrols focusing on state recreation areas (SRA) and other Commission-managed property in Lancaster and Gage counties. The efforts will focus primarily on weekends from June 30 through September 3, with conservation officers conducting high-visibility patrols on and off the water. These special patrols will focus on reducing the potential for alcohol-related vehicle and boat accidents around Branched Oak SRA, Pawnee SRA, Bluestem SRA, Wagon Train SRA, …

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Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer in full swing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding water lovers to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating. Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete a boating safety course and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska. Game and Parks offers three options for taking …

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Oglala Lakota storyteller featured at Ponca State Park event

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Oglala Lakota storyteller Jerome Kills Small will be featured in a program July 7 at Ponca State Park. Kills Small will entertain with iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends) that were passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. The event is at 4 p.m. at the Resource and Education Center. A potluck dinner will follow. The event is made possible by Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library, Humanities Nebraska and …

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Permit required for tractors at Lake McConaughy SRA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding park visitors and area residents of the mandatory permitting process for tractors operating on the beaches of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA). Game and Parks has created a simple, required permitting process that follows state park regulations and allows for more towing operations on McConaughy’s beaches. All tractors are required to obtain an annual permit, regardless of whether they are for commercial or private use. There is currently …

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