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Notes: Iowa restores paddlefish season

Paddlefish fishing will return to the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers for the first time since 1986, when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources opens the season on March 1.

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Notes: Deer harvest is up slightly

The Nebraska deer harvest is up slightly from 2013. As of Dec. 5, 44,379 deer have been taken in all seasons, compared to 42,562 by the same date last year.

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Ducey: Nebraskan nabs bighorn sheep — and lots of information

For experienced game hunter Johnny Barta from Western, Nebraska, it was just as much fun learning about the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep as killing one last week.

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Discover ice fishing clinics scheduled in January

Learn the basics of ice fishing or pick up a few new tips at three Discover Ice Fishing clinics in January.

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A western Nebraska hunt for a Westerner

In order to find success, one hunter this week made the 430-mile journey from Western, Nebraska, to western Nebraska. Yes, you read that right. Johnny Barta, a big game hunter from Western, Nebraska (the village near Fairbury, not the region), visited the butte country of western Nebraska (the region, not the village) to fill the state’s lone bighorn sheep tag.

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Deer harvest up slightly from 2013

The Nebraska deer harvest is up slightly from 2013. As of Dec. 5, 44,379 deer have been taken in all seasons, compared to 42,562 by the same date last year.

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Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park

Join Ponca State Park for the Annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14. Experienced and novice birders, nature enthusiasts, and families are invited to participate in this 115-year-old tradition sponsored by the National Audubon Society.

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Davis: Nebraskan showcases state’s beauty

Bill Frakes was in grade school when grandfather Adolph Roemmich first took him to Brown’s Thrift Shop in Sutton. The youngster would page through the magazines on the rack near the front of the store while his grandfather shopped for groceries.

Target shooting nixed at 3 Nebraska public areas

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says three public hunting areas in southeastern Nebraska's Lancaster County are being permanently closed to target shooting.

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Notes: Three areas closed to target shooting

Three public hunting areas in Lancaster County are being permanently closed to target shooting.

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Winter releases in effect at Gavins Point Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing water from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., to winter releases, beginning December 2 thru February 2015. Originally released at 36,000 cfs in November, water releases will be reduced by 3,000 cfs per day until 17,000 cfs is reached over a 6-day period.

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Target shooting prohibited at three Lancaster County public hunting areas

Three public hunting areas in Lancaster County are being permanently closed to target shooting.

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Notes: Reminder of Meetings About Niobrara River Studies

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds the public that it is invited to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River.

Free archery events set in eastern Nebraska

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled free family archery events next weekend in eastern Nebraska.

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Notes: State parks plan winter events

State parks throughout Nebraska are planning traditional winter events, including lighted hayrack rides, winter nature walks and wildlife Viewing, sledding, ice skating, yule log quests, old-fashioned craft projects, visits from Santa and more this holiday season.

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Ducey: 400-pound boar's head finds home in office basement

Patrick Morrissey has added his giant boar's head to a collection that includes two bearskin rugs, a mule deer head, a fox skin, a pronghorn antelope head, a full mount of a mountain lion and two black pheasants.

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Big game meetings scheduled across Nebraska in December

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites hunters and landowners to attend a public informational meeting in December to discuss big game issues. Meetings are scheduled in each Game and Parks district.

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Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Ponca State Park this Saturday.

Pheasants being released in 9 Nebraska areas

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is releasing rooster pheasants in nine wildlife management areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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Davis: Harlan becoming hot spot for deer hunters

 In 2011, Jay Newland was invited to hunt private land in the Republican Management Unit. But when he got there, he found other hunters on the property. Instead of giving up, Newland called the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for some advice.

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Photos: Opening weekend of firearm deer season

Snow and cold didn’t keep these hunters away on opening weekend of the firearm deer season.

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