Hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in Nebraska and western Iowa


Davis: True Nebraska experts staying home

There was a time when I thought I had seen all that Nebraska had to offer. Brashly, I considered myself an expert. I was the know-it-all who could point you to the most scenic overlook, the deepest woods or the camping spot farthest from civilization. I thought I knew the best places to camp on the river and the best spots to catch a fish or shoot a deer.


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Harvesting big buck is part of a respite for busy Fremont teacher/writer

After a long day at work teaching and coaching the girls cross country team, Bryce Lambley almost went home to relax before diving into the two books he’s working on, grading papers and his responsibilities as a single father of two.


Notes: Iowa’s archery deer season begins Oct. 1

Deer hunters have October 1 circled on their calendar marking the beginning to Iowa’s popular archery deer season.


Living history scheduled at Fort Atkinson SHP

Life at an 1820s military post will be depicted at Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP) on Oct. 3-4.


Free admission at DeSoto Wildlife Refuge on Saturday

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is offering free admission on Saturday to celebrate National Public Lands Day.


Exit to Mormon Island SRA temporarily closed

Mormon Island State Recreation Area (SRA) south of Grand Island temporarily cannot be accessed via Exit 312 on westbound Interstate 80. According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, that exit ramp will be closed for road construction for three weeks.

Admission is free Saturday at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Two more fee-free days are planned at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, this year.


Public invited to dedication of Cowboy Trail section in Sheridan County

There will be a dedication and celebration on Oct. 3 in Rushville for the construction of bridges and benches built along two sections of completed Cowboy and Recreation and Nature Trail in Sheridan County.

Planting the seed: Master gardeners teach kids about how food grows

Master gardeners build and maintain teaching gardens at child care centers to help kids learn where food comes from with the hope that they might develop good eating habits.


Game and Parks' October Outdoors Calendar

This is a listing of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October.

For Iowa landowner, love of ‘state jewel’ flows in his veins

Since buying hollow in 2003, sustainability expert has set about restoring 150-acre property to its past beauty.

Missouri River Outdoor Expo gives families a taste of nature, wildlife

The free two-day event has attracted an average 52,000 people in recent years, and Saturday’s opening-day turnout appeared to be on target to continue the trend.


Hunter-safety course is also available online

A rules change for Nebraska’s hunter-safety program will help ease the backlog of those wanting to take the course. But more than that, it mirrors a changing world. Hunters ages 16 to 29 will now be able to take the course online at


Notes: Don’t be confused by moose when hunting

With moose being reported throughout the Panhandle in recent months, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging hunters this fall to be certain of their target before taking a shot.


Health advisory in effect at two state recreation areas

During testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) detected elevated levels of toxic algae at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County, and at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. 


Notes: Tips for safe and successful fall turkey hunt

Nebraska’s fall turkey season is now open, and hunters are taking to the woods and fields for a chance to fill their tags. “Because toms and hens are both fair game during the fall season in Nebraska, it might make it a little easier to bag a bird, but this fact can make it even more important that hunters keep their eyes open and be certain of their targets before firing,” said Wendy Horine, hunter education coordinator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Missouri River Outdoor Expo returns to Ponca State Park this weekend

Outdoor educators will give advice on everything from selecting a tent to a fishing pole. Naturalist programs will give visitors a chance to see fish, reptiles, birds and other Nebraska wildlife up close.


Missouri River Outdoor Expo provides fun, education and entertainment for all

Experience the annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo on Sept. 19-20 at Ponca State Park for a fun, skill-building, educational and entertaining weekend for the family.


Blair's Uhing making habit of landing record fish

Don Uhing makes it sound so easy. He’ll glance outside and spot a big fish lurking in the private lake 40 feet from his back door. He’ll pull out his 20-year-old compound bow, and go to work.


Notes: Rain damages, closes Cowboy Nature Trail

A segment of the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail east of Oakdale in Antelope County is temporarily closed for repairs of damage from recent heavy rains.

NPPD to shut down Spencer Dam hydropower plant, give up water rights on Niobrara River

The historic action clears the way for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and a coalition of five local natural resources districts across northern Nebraska to get the right to the water in two years for recreation and irrigation use, according to officials. 


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