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House panel rejects bill on crossbow use for Iowa children

Members of an Iowa House panel rejected a bill that would have expanded when children can use a crossbow to hunt deer.

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Notes: Archery tournament set for Lincoln

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

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Davis: For a few, biking not just for summer

Getting on a bike in the middle of the winter may be the furthest outdoor activity from your mind. But if you want to ride like the summer wind, this is where it starts. “Building up an endurance base is the key this time of year,” said Mark Savery, one of the Midwest’s top riders.

Game & Parks to get $1.2 million in federal conservation grants

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says it will receive $1.2 million in federal grants over the next five years to help private landowners improve grasslands and croplands for wildlife habitat and agriculture production.

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Game and Parks to receive grants for habitat

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $1.2 million in federal grants over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help private landowners improve grasslands and croplands for wildlife habitat and agriculture production.

On thin ice: Police warn kids to stay off lagoons, lakes and ponds

Greg Wagner, of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and Brook Bench, head of Omaha’s Parks Department, said the nature of local lakes means the integrity of the ice can’t be guaranteed. “Our policy is that no ice is safe,” Bench said.

Wranglers round up scores of wild turkeys in Nebraska's Pine Ridge to relocate them to Montana

Todd Nordeen of Alliance, a Game and Parks big-game manager, said it’s the first time Nebraska has exported wild turkeys to another state.“This is a win-win deal,” Nordeen said. “Montana needs the birds, and we’ve got plenty.’’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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