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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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Mountain lion killed by hunter is 2nd this year outside traditional Pine Ridge cougar range

The big cat, a female, was taken in Dakota County, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The latest kill brings to at least seven the number of known female mountain lion deaths by all causes across the state this year.

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Notes: Game and Parks to Release Pheasants at Nine Wildlife Management Areas

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

Nebraska Game and Parks to present studies on value of Niobrara River

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting four meetings in December to share information gleaned from six scientific studies about the function and values of the Niobrara River.

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Notes: Public is invited to Niobrara meetings

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the public to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River.

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Snow a welcome sight for first-day deer hunters

The cold and snow Saturday in Nebraska were just what deer hunters ordered. Deer numbers were up at several check stations as the firearm season kicked off.

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Notes: Public meetings about Niobrara River studies; Mahoney to host Thanksgiving buffet

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the public to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River.

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Fall Activities at Ponca State Park

Celebrate the fall season on Saturday, November 15 at Ponca State Park. Enjoy crafts such as painting and building your own twig vase, while learning about natural science. All activities will take place in the Resource and Education Center.

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40 Years a Steward: An Interview with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Director Jim Douglas

I had a lot of curiosity about the natural world as a kid. I lived in a small town in central Illinois that was essentially rural in nature. I spent a lot of time in the woods and the creeks. But there was a rule, that until I was a certain age, I could only go to the first creek.

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Notes: Check station changes made

Nebraska hunters should locate a check station online that they intend to use before the start of the upcoming firearm deer season. The list of check stations has changed since it was first printed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in May.

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Outlook good for firearm deer season

Do a little homework first, Kit Hams says, and it will pay off next weekend. That’s when the November firearm season starts in Nebraska, leaving deer hunters just under a week to prepare for Saturday’s opener. The season runs through Nov. 23.

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Game and Parks projects get boost by AmeriCorps

A special group of workers completed four and a half weeks of sprucing up Nebraska Game and Parks Commission properties in northwestern Nebraska this week.

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Firearm deer season starts Nov. 15

Nebraska deer harvest for all seasons may end up similar to 2013 and surpass 45,000. The deer population is recovering from a 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Iowa man gets prison time for killing bald eagle

An Iowa man has been given 60 days in prison for torturing and killing a bald eagle.

Iowa man fined for killing mountain lion near Crawford, Neb.

Michael Pedretti of New Albin had faced a potential of up to $1,000 in fines.

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Sarpy County’s Prairie Queen Recreation Area to offer fishing, flood protection

The park, located outside Papillion by Werner Park, won’t open until March or April, but the work is substantially finished — trails are poured, the grass seeded, the pedestrian bridges built. And the park’s 135-acre reservoir, created by damming Westmont Creek, is full of water and growing fish.

Walthill man to serve prison for killing bald eagle, hawk

A judge sentenced Lamar Bertucci Sr., 45, on Wednesday to eight months in prison and one year of supervised release for killing a bald eagle and a rough legged hawk. Bertucci was also ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution.

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Prescribed Burning at Basswood Ridge WMA

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is planning a prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat on Basswood Ridge Wildlife Management Area near Homer, Nebraska, on Thursday.

Standing Bear Trail without an owner

More than $800,000 has been raised in support of Standing Bear Trail, which would connect the existing Homestead Trail south to the Kansas border, though the project is still without an owner.

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Ducey: Optometrist gets first elk on first hunt

Most of her patients don’t see La Vista optometrist Andria Louis as a hunter.

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Notes: Two programs will take deer donations

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that there are two programs that support deer donation in Nebraska: Hunters Helping the Hungry and the Deer Exchange.

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