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Turkey hunter, 48, wounded in accident near Auburn, Nebraska

The hunter, who was not identified, was transported by helicopter to Bryan Medical Center's west campus in Lincoln, authorities said.

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Fall crafts at Ponca State Park

Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Ponca State Park. The entire family ca…

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Experts seek boat inspection program

An infestation of zebra mussels at Offutt Base Lake in Bellevue is causing experts to call for a statewide boat inspection program.

Sen. Ernie Chambers vows anew to halt Nebraska's mountain lion hunting

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ends its last meeting of 2014 without setting a hunting season for next year. 

Mountain lion killed at Panhandle ranch

The big cat was shot in the ranch’s yard near the landowner’s house and chicken coop.

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Open Fields and Waters provides private lands for hunters and anglers

Open Fields and Waters provides financial incentives for allowing public access and the opportunity for private landowners to work with NGPC biologists to improve wildlife habitat. OFW opens private lands to hunters and anglers for walk-in access.

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Wildlife-viewing grants available

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is requesting grant proposals that will enhance watchable wildlife opportunities and nature-based experiences in Nebraska.

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Hunters will get second shot at bighorn

For the first time since 2011, two hunters will get a shot at Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in western Nebraska next year. Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners authorized one lottery and one auction bighorn sheep permit for 2015 at the Thursday meeting in Scottsbluff.

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Pressey WMA closed to target shooting Oct. 25-26

The shooting range at Pressey Wildlife Management Area will be temporarily closed during the opening weekend of pheasant season, Oct. 25-26.

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Game and Parks settle on ’15 fishing regulations

Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners amended several fishing regulations for 2015. 

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Ponca State Park’s Hallowfest proceeds go back to community

Ponca State Park’s 16th Annual Hallowfest enjoyed beautiful fall weather this past Saturday, October 18. Crafts and activities were enjoyed by children and adults of all ages

Northern Iowa county doubles beaver bounty to $50

Winnebago County in northern Iowa has doubled its bounty on beavers to $50.

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Davis: Westerholt revered Nebraska’s trails

Duane Westerholt, a former assistant division administrator in the Parks Division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, died last Sunday. If you’ve been on a state trail, including the Cowboy Trail and the state’s canoe trails, you’ve seen Westerholt’s work.

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Notes: DeSoto to present talk on fossils

The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will hold a special video presentation and talk about Nebraska’s natural history and the fossil deposits along western Nebraska’s “Fossil Freeway.’’

Game and Parks to consider changes to fishing regulations

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Commissioners on the Nebraska Game and Parks board will consider changes to 2015 fishing regulations later this month.

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Soldiers point the way at Fort Atkinson SHP

If you have driven into Fort Calhoun lately, you’ll notice a few new soldiers standing on the north and south sides of town. These soldiers, made of iron and painted to look 3-dimensional, are part of an effort to bring additional recognition to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and help brand the area as a “fort” town.

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Notes: Public access atlas updates available online

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that updates to the Public Access Atlas are available online. It also recommends hunters check for updates before heading out to hunt on properties.

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Parks offering plenty of Halloween events

Celebrate the fall season this October at Mahoney State Park (SP), Ponca SP, Indian Cave SP, and Calamus SRA.

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DeSoto, Boyer Chute refuges to close for hunting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges will close this weekend for deer hunts.

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Seven I-80 lakes in Lincoln County slated for Angler Access improvements

Anglers will enjoy improved access at seven I-80 Lakes in Lincoln County. The Lakes slated for improvements are Birdwood, Hershey, Fremont Slough, West Maxwell, West Brady, Brady and West Gothenburg. 

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Forest-thinning projects to begin at Chadron SP, Keller Park SRA

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will soon begin forest-thinning projects at Chadron State Park and Keller Park State Recreation Area. The projects are set to begin sometime in October, depending upon weather conditions, and may continue through the end of 2014.

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Paddlefish offer new species for area reservoirs

Central Nebraska might end up with a paddlefish season. About 990 of the creatures were turned loose Sept. 19 in the Gallagher Canyon and Midway Canyon reservoirs south of Cozad.

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