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Learn about Nebraska fisheries at public informational meetings

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can learn about the status of Nebraska fisheries by attending one of eight public informational meetings this winter. Attendees will hear a presentation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on current and future projects, aquatic invasive species, regulations, and a fishing forecast. Staff then will answer fisheries-related questions. The meeting schedule is: Jan. 27 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 – Nebraska City, Missouri …

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Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at workshops in Lincoln and Kearney in the coming months. Instructors are part of the Youth Fishing Program, a statewide team of volunteers and Game and Parks staff who host educational fishing events. Workshop participants will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events. They also will receive …

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Commission delays Lake McConaughy Visitor Management Plan

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission voted to delay consideration of the proposed Lake McConaughy Visitor Management Plan at its meeting Jan. 22 in Lincoln. Instead, Game and Parks staff will work with a McConaughy-area advisory group to come up with revisions to the plan and then present them at the Commission’s March 20 meeting in Hastings. Game and Parks has worked with local officials, park visitors and the public on the plan to make Lake McConaughy …

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Brush pile to be burned at Mormon Island SRA

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A brush pile of storm-damaged trees will be burned at Mormon Island State Recreation Area in Hall County on Jan. 22. The burn, which will begin at about 7 a.m., will eliminate fuels and small predator habitat and keep the area open for continued tree management.

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Commission responds to public input on proposed changes to Lake McConaughy camping

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to delay consideration of the proposed recommendations to the Lake McConaughy Visitor Management plan at its Wednesday, Jan. 22 meeting. “We have listened to local citizens, officials and business owners regarding proposed changes, and we heard you. We are going to respond,” said Director Jim Douglas. “We realize we still have important problems to solve, but we are going to take pause in the adoption of the current recommendations to …

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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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Livestream of big game presentation is Jan. 23

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters and landowners are invited to watch a livestream of a big game presentation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The livestream is an opportunity for people who are unable to attend one of the Commission’s big game public informational meetings around the state to participate by viewing and asking questions. Viewers are encouraged to send in big game questions via the Commission’s Contact Us form at OutdoorNebraska.gov/contact ahead of …

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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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Commission to consider listing and delisting of threatened and endangered species

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a proposal to add and remove species from the state’s threatened and endangered lists when it meets Jan. 22 in Lincoln. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. at Commission headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St. A public hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m., when staff will recommend the removal of the North American river otter from the threatened list, addition of the sicklefin chub to the endangered list, …

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Tips for safe ice-fishing

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice-fishing. Follow these tips from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for safety on the ice: — The minimum ice thickness for supporting one person is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice. — Drill holes or use an ice chisel or spud bar to check the ice conditions while working your way out to your fishing spot. — Wear a life jacket. …

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