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Landowners have until June 23 to enroll in Open Fields and Waters

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Private landowners have until June 23 to enroll their land in Open Fields and Waters, a voluntary program in which they can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting, trapping and/or fishing access on their properties. Landowners earn annual, per-acre payments of up to $15, depending on habitat type and location. Additional financial incentives may be available for habitat improvements on enrolled acres. Game and Parks is seeking to add Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, fields; Wetland …

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Liberalized fishing regulations declared for Wagon Train Reservoir

Fishing at Wagon Train

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has declared a fish salvage for Wagon Train Lake at Wagon Train State Recreation Area east of Hickman in advance of an Aquatic Habitat Project to be completed in the fall. Anglers will be allowed to salvage fish by hook and line and archery during standard seasons for human consumption until June 4, 2022. Minimum length limits on fish will be rescinded, but bag limits will be maintained. A 12-foot drawdown …

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Commissioners to consider mountain lion, river otter seasons

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for a 2022 mountain lion hunting season, as well as a 2021 river otter harvest season, at its June 11 meeting in Chadron. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Mountain time at Chadron State Park’s Central Building, 15951 U.S. Hwy. 385. Staff will recommend a mountain lion season in the Pine Ridge, identical to the 2021 season, that would have a maximum harvest of four mountain lions, with …

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Two BOW shooting sports events scheduled in June

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program has two shooting sports events in June: Trap Shooting Series at Platte River State Park and Steel Plate Challenge at the Weeping Water Gun Club. Learn the basics in the beginner-level Trap Shooting Series at the Outdoor Heritage Education Complex on June 16, 23 and 30. Equipment will be provided. Test your shooting skills at the Steel Plate Challenge on June 12. This is a two-gun match, requiring a .22 caliber rifle …

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Join the centennial birthday bash at Chadron on June 11-12

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in celebrating the parks system centennial year with a two-day birthday bash June 11-12 at Chadron State Park. Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas, joined by Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, and Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation Chairman Jim Abel will welcome guests to the celebration during an 11 a.m. ceremony Saturday at the sports field. “State lawmakers in 1921 recognized the value of creating our …

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Dead Timber SRA campground temporarily closed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The campground at Dead Timber State Recreation Area in Dodge County will be closed temporarily until further notice. Repairs from 2019 and 2020 flooding, along with other roadway improvements, such as the widening of the access road to the campground, are beginning this week. This closure is expected to be short term, depending on the weather. The temporary closure does not affect access to the shelter, trails or fishing.

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Game and Parks offers tools for landowners experiencing wildlife damage

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds landowners there are tools and resources available to those experiencing crop and livestock damage due to wildlife. Landowners can contact their nearest Game and Parks district office to discuss options to alleviate damage, such as scare devices, fences, damage control permits or opening lands to public access for hunting. Find an office at outdoornebraska.gov/locations. In addition, landowners can go online to relate wildlife damage issues to Game and Parks at outdoornebraska.gov/depredation. Big …

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Game and Parks urges boaters to Clean, Drain and Dry to stop invasive species

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LINCOLN, Neb. – While many Nebraska boaters are eager to enjoy a summer day on the lake, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges them to be wary of a nasty hitchhiker: the zebra mussel. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Game and Parks watercraft inspectors found two boats with zebra mussels attached attempting to launch. Each boat was inspected and not allowed to launch with viable zebra mussels. Watercraft inspectors are present throughout the state this summer at various water …

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Trout in the Classroom applications being accepted

Trout in the Classroom

LINCOLN, Neb. — Trout in the Classroom, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educational opportunity for schools and classrooms, will be accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year starting June 1. The interdisciplinary, science-based curriculum invites classrooms and schools to explore aquatic ecosystems, life cycles, water quality and the scientific process through raising trout eggs in their classroom during the spring semester. “My students absolutely love this program,” wrote one teacher about the 2020-21 program. “There is so much value …

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Key to mentoring new angler: Keep it simple

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By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. – Consider your motivations on why you enjoy fishing. Is it to catch a meal, compete for the largest fish, get away from life’s stresses or to be with friends? To faithfully mentor a new angler, whether they be young or old, one probably should start by asking why the angler wants to fish. The angler might have some experience but still be seeking to learn. From there, add the …

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