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Rounding up wild turkeys for Montana: 'Rushville 91' captured 
in covert operation

It was the first of what wildlife officials expect to be two winter campaigns to remove the birds from places where they are abundant in northwest Nebraska and relocate them to Montana.


With a little help, wild turkeys thrive in Nebraska

They had disappeared in Nebraska by 1915, but stocking efforts have been an unqualified success.

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Raptor Recovery Program brings birds to UNO campus Thursday

UNO students can get a glimpse inside the world of a nonprofit like Fontenelle Forest and its Raptor Recovery Program on Thursday.


Pound Middle School to host NASP Tournament in Lincoln

A statewide youth archery tournament will take place at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln on Feb. 7.

Resident reports possible mountain lion sighting in Gibbon

A mountain lion was reported along the Wood River on the north edge of Gibbon on Tuesday morning.

Crowd welcomes genetically pure bison to Nebraska prairie

Before they went to see monster trucks Saturday night, the Schrader family of York, Nebraska, gazed at some monster-size animals.


Pheasants pay dividends for farmers

Eric Johannsen is a pheasant farmer. His fourth-generation family farm in north-central South Dakota produces one of the greatest concentrations of wild ring-necked pheasants in a state famous for the long-tailed game birds.


Notes: Free admission Monday at DeSoto Refuge

There will be a free admission day at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday.


Herd of 39 genetically pure bison arrives at Crane Trust

A large crowd welcomed 39 bison to the Crane Trust land along the Platte River southwest of Grand Island on Saturday.


Notes: Game and Parks plans changes in managing pheasant habitat areas

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is taking aim at big changes in the way ring-necked pheasant habitat is managed in the state.


Deer population, kills up in 2014 from previous year

Nebraska’s whitetail and mule deer herd populations appear to have increased last year, according to year-end reports on the number of deer killed by hunters during recently ended hunting seasons.

Nebraska won't have mountain lion hunting season in 2015

Nebraska will not have a mountain lion hunting season this year, but the State Game and Parks Commission is launching an extensive three-year research project to study cougars.


Game and Parks raises, creates some fees

Fido will no longer stay free at a Nebraska state park cabin. Brides and grooms will no longer marry free in an outdoor ceremony at Ponca State Park. And after-hours use of the Activity Center at Mahoney State Park will no longer be free.

Step inside Nebraskan's taxidermy business to see its global reach

Barry Johnson's taxidermy business, which he considers a form of art, is known nationwide, and his shop contains animals from around the world.

Fremont company bursting at seams due to product inspired by ‘cream can suppers’

Seth McGinn’s CanCooker, the name of both the business and its flagship product, has made its way from humble beginnings shipping out of a local storage unit to selling in stores that include Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and Walmart.


Burchard Lake WMA gate to open for ice fishermen

The gate across the main entrance road at Burchard Lake Wildlife Management Area in Pawnee County will open on Jan. 15 for ice fishermen.

Mahoney State Park food service providers let contract end

The dining room at Mahoney State Park is closed, and officials are looking for a new food service provider again.


Basic prescribed burn workshop in Norfolk

Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) will host a basic prescribed fire training at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk on February 4. Workshop speakers will discuss how fire can be used to benefit land managers’ objectives and give a step-by-step breakdown of how to safely plan a prescribed fire.


Notes: Game and Parks to consider grants for outdoor recreation

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider grant award recommendations for various outdoor recreation projects at a meeting next week in Lincoln.

Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Bird-Day party snatches up 100 visitors

Every year, the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey throughout Nebraska.


Davis: Lots of layers, little luck in cold

I knew that buying a late muzzleloader season tag was a risk. Wintry conditions can be expected in late December and January, while the early season, in November, is usually pretty nice. I’m guessing that explains the popularity of the early season, which sells out fast each year in Iowa. I accepted the risk, so I had to face the challenge.


Notes: River otter reintroduction a success; Bald eagle viewing; Mahoney seeks food provider

Learn about Nebraska’s successful reintroduction of the river otter at a free program Jan. 29 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.


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