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Know your fish before you head to lake

By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Nebraska is home to more than 100 fish species. Many of these will never be encountered on a fishing hook because their size, habits or habitats make them unavailable or undesirable to anglers. Most fish that can be caught by hook and line are designated as sport fish species. Nebraska offers opportunity for more than 40 of these species. It is good to know which sport fish you are catching since several …

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Cedar View Campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area will close temporarily

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Cedar View Campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area will close temporarily for upgrades to campground amenities. Cedar View Campground, located about 15 miles west of Kingsley Dam on Highway 92, will temporarily close for public access beginning on Sept. 9, 2020. The upgrades will include the installation of a replacement shower and restroom facility and accessible campsites. In the event that the campground may be re-opened safely during or between construction projects, the Nebraska Game …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day set for Sept. 12

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12. September is a great month to get outdoors in Nebraska! Free Fishing and Park Entry Day allows anyone to explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park without the need to purchase a park entry permit for the day. It also allows anyone to fish for the day without a fishing permit. Anglers must observe …

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Crews responding to wildfires in the Panhandle

Wildfire in Wildcat Hills

ALLIANCE, Neb. – Visitors to public lands and other recreational sites in the Nebraska Panhandle are being advised of wildfires in the region, and are being asked to be especially cautious because the heightened risk for fires brought on by hot and dry weather. The Hubbard Gap Fire in the Wildcat Hills in Banner County south of McGrew had burned about 4,000 acres as of Friday afternoon. In addition to threatening and affecting private agricultural lands, early estimates indicate the …

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Commission approves 2021 bighorn sheep season

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved the authorization of one lottery and one auction permit for the 2021 bighorn sheep season when it met Aug. 28 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The Commission also approved recommendations to: • increase various 2021 nonresident fees, including for small game (hunt), fish, deer, antelope and turkey permits, antelope applications and the Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp for nonresident boats; • amend wildlife regulations to allow the agency director, in …

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Hunters go for Upland Slam starting Sept. 1

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters again are challenged to go afield with family and friends and harvest four upland bird species this fall to complete the Nebraska Upland Slam. The challenge of the Upland Slam, a partnership among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, Inc., and Quail Forever, is to harvest a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chicken and northern bobwhite quail in Nebraska this season. Successful hunters then go online to upload a photo of each harvested bird …

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Lewis and Clark SRA holding lighted boat parade Sept. 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area on Sept. 6 for the Second Annual Weigand Marina Parade of Lights. Set for 8 p.m., the lighted boat parade at Weigand Marina offers a fun display for onlookers, as well as a pirate-themed contest for boaters who register for the parade. Judges will award prizes to winners in both divisions, for Weigand Marina slip-holders and non-slip holders. The parade is free to participate in, but …

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Willow Creek, Rockford, Wagon Train remain on health alert

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert for harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae, remains in effect at Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County, Rockford Lake in Gage County and Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County. The alert has been removed at Calamus Reservoir in Loup and Garfield counties, Johnson Lake in Gosper and Dawson counties and Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. Visitors to Willow Creek, Rockford and Wagon Train state recreation areas should avoid full-body contact activities …

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Game and Parks encourages hunters to register on antlerless hunter database

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In 2019, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission launched a new tool to help landowners address deer populations on their property. Because changes have been made to the program to make this tool more effective for landowners, all hunters will need to reregister in the program. These changes include a limit to the number of counties a hunter can register for at five. Hunters also must list their city and state of residence. Game and Parks’ Antlerless …

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Prescribed burns planned for some wildlife management areas

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed burns are planned in the upcoming months on some Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife management areas if weather conditions allow. Burns during the summer and fall can help set back undesirable plants that invade native prairies and other grasslands. Eastern redcedar trees and undesirable deciduous shrubs have higher mortality during summer burns because of higher air temperatures and because they’ve expended much of their energy flowering and producing fruit. Green vegetation in summer and early …

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