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Notes: Family Fishing Night in Broken Bow

Anglers, especially young and inexperienced ones, are invited to attend Family Fishing Night in Broken Bow on Sept. 11.


Game and Parks’ Kuhn Honored by State Park Directors

Roger Kuhn, assistant director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, was honored with a special award on Sept. 4 at the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) annual meeting in Omaha.


Kearney whitewater park making progress

But the Kearney Whitewater Association hopes to change that perception. 

Founded three years ago, the nonprofit organization has made steps toward transforming part of the Kearney Canal Tailrace into a safe, legal place to kayak, canoe and paddleboard. 


Pollinator Workshop Sept. 19 in Nebraska City

The public is invited to a free workshop Sept. 19 in Nebraska City to discuss the importance of pollinators.


Hunters should be aware of possible toxic blue-green algae

LINCOLN – Hunters around Olive Creek State Recreation Area should be aware of a report that a dog swimming in the lake recently has died. The cause of death is unconfirmed, but it is suspected that ingestion of toxic blue-green algae might be the cause of death.

National parks will get promotional boost to attract new visitors

There are no red parks. There are no blue parks. Only American parks.


Family Fishing Night in Broken Bow on Sept. 11

Anglers, especially young and inexperienced ones, are invited to attend Family Fishing Night in Broken Bow on Sept. 11.

Elkhorn River access sites reopened

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District says recreational access to the Elkhorn River has been restored.

Iowa DNR says pheasant population is high as season nears

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa wildlife officials say the pheasant population is high ahead of hunting season.

For 60 years, Nebraska City shopkeeper has dispensed welcome advice along with bait, lures, line

This summer, the 86-year-old Allen Paap marked 60 years in business in Nebraska City, starting in 1954 with a Mobil gas station where he also sold fat night crawlers, tackle and furs. 


Dove season opens in Nebraska

The statewide dove hunting season opened in Nebraska on Sept. 1 and will run through Oct. 30. The daily bag and possession limits are 15 and 45, respectively. Bag limits are for mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared doves in aggregate.

Missouri River sandbars will be cleared of plants

Workers will soon begin spraying herbicides on sandbars in the Missouri River to clear vegetation, so least terns and piping plovers can build nests.


Notes: Public access atlas it now available

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s 2014 public access atlas is now available for hunters and anglers who want to know where they can hunt and fish in Nebraska.


Davis: Benkelman hunter, 15, in a league of her own

When Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones uploaded pictures of herself with trophy animals harvested during a safari in Africa, it created a firestorm of protest.

Game & Parks says hunting, fishing atlas now available

The Nebraska atlas lists locations of land enrolled in the Open Fields and Waters program, which allows private land to be open to hunters and anglers for walk-in access. 

Arbor Day Foundation to take over operation of Arbor Lodge park

The Arbor Day Foundation will take over management and operation of the site. The Game and Parks Commission would continue to own the 52-room neoclassical mansion, its historical artifacts and 80-acre grounds.


Snow geese season to grow by 10 days on eastern side

Nebraska’s duck seasons landed where expected Friday, but State Game and Parks commissioners gave Eastern hunters 10 more days to hunt snow geese next spring.


Wave of renovations to state boat launch facilities casting off soon

GRAND ISLAND. — It will be easier to launch and take in boats at lakes and rivers across Nebraska in a few years.


Archaeology tours at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

September is Nebraska Archaeology Month and staff of the Nebraska State Historical Society will lead tours of the archaeological sites at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), to be held concurrently with the Fort’s Living History weekend on September 6 and 7.

Lincoln veterinarian elected to Pheasants Forever's board of directors

Dr. Kent Forney is owner of the Nebraska Animal Medical Center in Lincoln and is a Nebraska Game and Parks commissioner.


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