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Hudson Lake back open to ice-fishing

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hudson Lake in Cherry County has reopened to ice-fishing. Hudson Lake, which is about 24 miles southwest of Valentine, is available for public recreation through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Open Fields and Waters Program. The lake is open to ice-fishing until March 1, 2020. Hudson Lake had been temporarily closed because of weather-related deteriorating road conditions.

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Hunting trip planners available on Game and Parks’ website

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Start planning a 2020 spring turkey 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, upland bird mixed bag, mule deer and wild turkey – condense a variety of useful information into two easy-to-read pages. Areas offering best hunting and public access opportunities for each respective species are highlighted in the trip planners. They reference lodging options, highlight …

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More than 100 hunters complete Nebraska Upland Slam

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The second year of the Nebraska Upland Slam gave more than 200 hunters a reason to take advantage of the state’s excellent mixed-bag hunting opportunities. The Nebraska Upland Slam, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska chapter of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, challenged hunters to harvest all four of Nebraska’s primary upland game bird species – ring-necked pheasant, northern bobwhite quail, sharp-tailed grouse, and greater prairie-chicken during a single hunting season In all, …

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South Subunit mountain lion season closed effective immediately

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The mountain lion harvest season in the South Subunit of the Pine Ridge is closed effective immediately, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The harvest limit of four mountain lions (one female and three males) has been reached. The close of the season has been posted on Game and Parks’ mountain lion harvest season webpage (outdoornebraska.gov/mountainlionhunting) and 1-800 number that hunters are required to check before hunting mountain lions each day. The harvest season in …

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Big Game Society to auction elk tag, combo permit April 9

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A bull elk tag and a multispecies combination permit will be auctioned off by the Nebraska Big Game Society (NBGS) on April 9 in Lincoln. The 9th Annual NBGS Dinner and Auction will be held at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, 1800 Wilderness Woods Place. Residents and nonresidents are eligible for the elk tag and combination permit. The elk tag auction high bidder will receive a bull elk tag valid in any elk management unit during a 2020 …

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Game and Parks offering educational events at southeast Nebraska breweries

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In the coming months, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Education Division will co-host educational events at breweries in southeast Nebraska, including interactive talks, craft nights, trivia nights, and other fun learning opportunities. “This is right in line with our new Education Strategic Plan, with the opportunity to reach out to and teach a new audience about Nebraska’s natural resources, animals and ecology,” said wildlife outdoor education specialist Monica Macoubrie. “Our first brewery craft …

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Beginning Bird Carving Workshop scheduled at Schramm Education Center

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LINCOLN, Neb. – If you’re fascinated by birds, and looking to learn a new creative skill, consider attending the Beginning Bird Carving Workshop at Schramm Education Center on March 29. This free workshop will be led by the Central Flyway Decoy Collectors & Carvers Club. During the four-hour workshop, club members will introduce bird carving to beginners through presentations, live demonstrations, and opportunities for attendees to practice hands-on techniques. Attendees will leave the workshop with an appreciation of the unique …

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Game and Parks seeks input on proposed waterfowl changes for 2021-2022

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on proposed changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries for the 2021-2022 hunting seasons. Based on input received last November, Game and Parks is proposing boundary changes to several duck zones and two dark (Canada) goose units. The duck zone changes would affect areas in portions of Adams, Buffalo, Butler, Colfax, Custer, Dodge, Furnas, Gage, Gosper, Greeley, Hamilton, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Merrick, Otoe, Platte, Polk, Rock, …

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Public may rent hunting equipment at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunting equipment now is available for rent by the public at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Outdoor Adventure Center. Rental has been offered to the university’s students for about a year, and recently expanded to allow the public to rent the equipment, too. Micaela Rahe, R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) coordinator with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said this is the first program of its kind in the state. “There …

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Schramm Education Center hosting Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 15

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Bird lovers of all ages can enjoy learning about the birds of Nebraska, getting outside with family and contributing to science on Feb. 15 at the Schramm Education Center’s Great Backyard Bird Count event. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual citizen science event in which participants across the nation count birds and submit checklists to be used by researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. “It’s a great nationwide effort …

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