Brush up on wing-shooting skills at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's dove workshop and clay shoot Friday at Platte River State Park.
The event, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, will include hunting opportunities, strategies, equipment and recipes for the harvest. Participants should bring firearms and target loads (No. 7½ or smaller) for shooting blue rock following the workshop.
Space is limited. Register at HuntSafeNebraska.com. A park entry permit is required.
Iowa approves new bird rules
The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved the 2013-14 migratory game bird hunting seasons during its Aug. 8 meeting.
Some other items:
>> The possession limit for ducks and geese is now three times the daily bag limit.
>> The daily bag limit for scaup is three.
>> The daily bag limit for canvasbacks is two.
>> The season on pigeons has been removed. It is now a continuous open season.
>> There is no bag limit for light geese during the Conservation Order.
Bits and pieces
Lewis and Clark Heritage Day is Saturday at Ponca State Park. The expedition passed through the Ponca area in late August more than 200 years ago. Activities include canoeing the Missouri National Recreational River with the National Park Service, educational programs presented by park staff, period games and crafts. Contact the park at 402-755-2284 for more information or visit the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PoncaSP. ... A free evening of archery is scheduled at the Families on Target program Aug. 28 at the Lincoln Archery Range, 44th and Superior Streets, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Game and Parks Commission will instruct new shooters on yardage targets, 3-D targets and aerial targets. Equipment will be provided. ... The Omaha Hiking Club is bringing a documentary film about hiking to Marcus Midtown Cinema on Sept. 12 at 7:30. “Mile... Mile & a Half” features the John Muir trail, which runs through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Some local outfitters plan to bring discount coupons and items to raffle before the screening. To reserve tickets before Sept. 5, go to www.tugg.com/events/5131. To view the trailer, http://themuirproject.com.
>> Archery antelope hunting season opens
>> Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman shotgun class, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547
>> Lower Platte Archery weekly 3D shoot, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 21, Larry Elston Archery Range at Schramm Park. Membership information, 402-669-0425 or 402-690-5814.
>> Cornhusker Fly Fishers meeting, 7 p.m., Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium.
>> Fly-tying round table at Cabelas in La Vista, 6- 7:45 p.m.
>> National Park Service Campground Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 7 p.m., 402-857-3373
>> Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman tank float down Middle Loup River, Mullen, 402-471-6009
>> Youth fishing instructor training, Harmon Park Activity Center, Kearney, 9 a.m.-noon, 402-332-4204
>> Lewis and Clark Heritage Day, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284
>> Meat Shoot, Sportsmen of Nebraskaland Trap Range, noon-5 p.m., I-80 to Mahoney Park exit 426 and follow the signs. Call Scott at 402-515-0953 or Jeff at 402-650-9211, or visit www.sportsmenofnebraskaland.org.
Submit calendar items or trophy pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or Outdoors Sports, World-Herald Sports Dept., 1314 Douglas St., Suite 700, Omaha, NE 68102. A daytime or cellphone number must be included.