Participation in Nebraska's special youth pheasant hunts increased 77 percent since the program began in 2011, and 42 percent since last year.
In 2013, 392 youth participated, compared to 276 last year and 222 in 2011. The program allows youths 15 and younger to hunt at nine wildlife management areas across Nebraska during the statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season, which took place Oct. 19 and 20. Youths were allowed to harvest two roosters per day, and adult mentors were allowed to harvest one per day.
Bits and pieces
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices, except for the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium near Gretna, will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. ... The visitor center and Steamboat Bertrand Museum at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed the week of Nov. 4 to complete repairs on the center's backup electrical power system related to damage cause by the flooding in 2011. If repairs are completed earlier than expected, the visitor center will reopen.
» Dove hunting season closes
» Eurasian collared-dove hunting continues
» Raccoon and Virginia opossum hunting seasons close
» November Late Doe/Fawn antelope hunting season opens
» Hunting and trapping seasons open for raccoon, Virginia opossum, long-tailed weasel, mink, red fox, gray fox and badger
» Muskrat and beaver trapping seasons open
» Most annual permits and stamps available for purchase at OutdoorNebraska.org
» Candlelight Tour, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun, 402-471-0641
» Nebraska Walleye Association meeting at Cabela's conference room, 1 p.m.
» Woodcock hunting season closes
» Tickets go on sale for Historical Christmas Dinner at Fort Robinson State Park, 308-665-2900
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