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Summer is great time to start thinking about hunter education

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Summer has just started, but now is the time to start thinking about obtaining hunter education certification – well in advance of fall hunting seasons. Hunter education courses are available year-round, but most traditional classroom courses and Hunt Safe Sessions are offered in the fall and spring. Mid-August through mid-November is packed with course offerings throughout the state. February and March also offer many classes. Firearm and bowhunter education covers the safety aspects of firearms and archery …

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Two fishing events at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake cancelled

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Community Fishing Night and Discover Catfish Fishing events scheduled for June 18 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake have been cancelled because of the threat of thunderstorms. The fishing events, which were planned for 6-8 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., respectively, will not be rescheduled this summer. The next Community Fishing Night event at Holmes Lake will be Aug. 1. For a complete schedule of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fishing events, visit outdoornebraska.gov/familyfishing.

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Heightened BUI awareness and enforcement campaign July 5-7

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LINCOLN, Neb. – As part of a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI), the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will participate in Operation Dry Water July 5-7. While Operation Dry Water is a year-round BUI awareness and enforcement campaign, that effort will be heightened by Game and Parks’ Law Enforcement Division officers during the final weekend of June. Alcohol use while boating is one of the leading factors in …

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Join Game and Parks for Fishing with Friends

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Adults are invited to grab a buddy and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake on June 25 for Fishing with Friends. This adult-based opportunity is a chance for like-minded individuals who have little or no fishing experience to learn some skills. Bait, equipment and instruction will be provided. Beyond fishing, participants can learn how to clean fish and cook fish in a healthy manner. In addition, experts will be on hand to …

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Forsberg exhibit on display at Wildcat Hills

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GERING, Neb. – A traveling photography exhibit by renowned nature photographer Michael Forsberg of Lincoln is on display at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area through Aug. 20. Forsberg will greet the public during a reception Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the center’s Ponderosa Room. Forsberg’s imagery of wildlife and landscapes has long been revered for its contribution to conservation. His honors include the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography from the Sierra …

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Willow Creek SRA regains full functionality

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Willow Creek State Recreation Area is the latest state park area to regain full operations following spring flooding. Willow Creek, located in Pierce County in northeastern Nebraska, has 101 electric camping pad sites. All electrical service has been restored to the campground. Aside from camping, the park offers opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking and biking. The state park areas are a great place to spend Father’s Day on June 16. Visit calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/ for a list …

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Nebraskaland special offers subscriptions at a reduced rate

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Now for a limited time, you can receive a one-year subscription to Nebraskaland Magazine for 70 percent off the cover price. By popular demand, this special offer has been extended through June 21. It includes 10 issues of Nebraskaland Magazine for just $15. Published 10 times per year, Nebraskaland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people. Get it for yourself or order it as a special …

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Deadline for multispecies lottery permit applications is July 5

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters have until July 5 to apply for a 2019-2020 multispecies lottery permit. Two types of permits are available: Super Tag and Combo. The Super Tag permit is valid in 2019 and 2020 for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). The permit is valid in open seasons with the appropriate weapons. One Super Tag …

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Outdoor Education Center provides opportunities for family-friendly summer fun

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Families looking to spend time together this summer can find plenty of opportunities to do so at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center. Located at 44th and Superior streets in Lincoln, this public archery and firearms range is known for its family friendly atmosphere and emphasis on education. The facility features state-of-the-art air-conditioned indoor archery and firearm ranges, as well as an outdoor archery range. Walk-ins are welcome, and equipment is available for rent if …

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Six state recreation areas will allow fireworks on July 4

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks. Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont Lakes SRA near Fremont, Pawnee SRA near Emerald and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4 only. …

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