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Tax season provides opportunity to support Nebraska wildlife conservation

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans receiving a tax refund this year have an opportunity to support wildlife and habitat conservation. On Line 45 of the Nebraska state income tax form, individuals may donate all or part of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, which helps thousands of species in Nebraska, particularly those that are rare, endangered or threatened. Tax refund donations have benefited many species over the years, including the river otter, swift fox, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, …

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Nebraska Game and Parks’ 2019 annual report now available online

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s 2019 annual report is available online. The report includes achievements and challenges overcome, including rebounding from devastating flooding at many Game and Parks properties. It also details the agency’s efforts to recruit more outdoorsmen and women, response to wildlife depredation issues, fish and wildlife research, education and outreach efforts, and providing statewide opportunities for hunters, anglers and park visitors. Outdoor recreation is important to our quality of life in Nebraska. Hunting, …

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Encounter spring migration at Ponca SP’s Marsh Madness

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the spring migration and participate in a variety of programs during Marsh Madness at Ponca State Park (SP) on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Located on the Missouri River, Ponca SP presents a significant flyway for migratory birds, and has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as an “Important Bird Area.” Common springtime sightings include pintail courtship displays and whirlwinds of snow geese, white-fronted geese, wood ducks and other …

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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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