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October outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Oct. 1 – Waterfowl hunting workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season in specific area of Missouri River Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 – Dusty’s Pumpkinfest at the Codys’, Buffalo Bill State Historical …

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge set for Oct. 13 at Platte River SP

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Young hunter education graduates are invited to test their skills in a fun, practical competition Sunday, Oct. 13 at Platte River State Park. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge offers participants the chance to hone their shooting skills and learn more about wildlife, survival skills and hunter responsibility. This free competition is for youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed hunter education and not yet graduated from high school. Proof of hunter education certification is required. …

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Flooding affects access at Gifford Point WMA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Sarpy County is closed to vehicle access at the county road due to Missouri River flooding. Hunters can expect additional flooding on southeast Nebraska WMAs located along the Missouri River.

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Governor proclaims Sept. 28 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 28, as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska. “Hunting and fishing are part of our history and legacy as Nebraskans,” Ricketts said before signing the proclamation at a news conference in his office. “This is something that is about our state and enjoying the natural beauty we have here. It is not only something that is part of our heritage as Nebraskans, it also is a big deal …

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Nebraska Game and Parks announces grand prize winner of Take ’Em Fishing Challenge

OMAHA – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops awarded Tanner Hess of Battle Creek, Nebraska, a brand new Bass Tracker Pro fishing boat during a ceremony Sept. 20 at Cabela’s in La Vista in celebration of the inaugural Take ’Em Fishing Challenge. Tanner’s name was drawn from those of 4,700 anglers who took part in the challenge between April 15 and Sept. 15, 2019. The Take ’Em Fishing Challenge invited experienced anglers to take a new …

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Paddlefish snaggers should be cautious with high flows below Gavins Point Dam

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With paddlefish snagging season set to begin Oct. 1, dangerous conditions will be occurring on the Missouri River below Gavin’s Point Dam due to high water releases. Outflows from Gavins Point Dam will be at or above 80,000 cubic feet per second for the entire month of October. The high outflows will cause turbulent and unpredictable water conditions on the river below Gavins Point Dam. All anglers, both in vessels and on the bank, should use extreme …

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Sensory Safari to provide science exploration to students with disabilities

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired, will provide students with disabilities a chance to engage in science exploration through sight, sound, touch, and smell at the annual Sensory Safari event. Sensory Safari, which will be held at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, will engage students with special needs throughout …

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Locations of some Missouri River Outdoor Expo activities will change because of high water levels

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to the 15th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 21-22 at Ponca State Park are advised that high water along the Missouri will affect the locations of some activities. Due to recent high Missouri River levels, this year’s event will include two main venues – the Resource and Education Center and Shooter’s Village. The activities and demonstrations on the park’s riverfront will be moved to one of these two locations. All normal activities and demonstrations except …

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Scholarships available for Project FeederWatch birding survey

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is now accepting scholarship applications to provide classrooms, afterschool programs, and assisted living facilities with supplies to participate in the 2019-2020 season of Project FeederWatch. Project FeederWatch is an engaging winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders across North America. Participants count the birds they see at their feeders and submit the information to the Project FeederWatch website. Collected information is used to better understand the winter distribution of birds. …

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Great opportunities await youth hunters this fall

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Great outdoor opportunities await youth hunters this fall, as well as those who take them hunting. Youth waterfowl hunting begins Sept. 28-29 in Zones 2 and 4, Oct. 5-6 in Zone 1 and Oct. 19-20 in Zone 3. Duck hunting zones for youth waterfowl are the same as the regular duck season. The youth waterfowl season is for hunters age 15 and younger. No permit is required for resident youth. Youth hunters age 11 or younger must …

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