Hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in Nebraska and western Iowa


Lake McConaughy's 'footprints' slab gets new paint

This iconic concrete slab has greeted Lake McConaughy visitors for over 75 years. Located at the north end of Kingsley Dam, the slab was created to aid in the building of the dam by allowing trains to drop loads of materials.


Flooding at Riverton ahead of waterfowl opener

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Elk harvest is 'once-in-a lifetime experience’

It began with $150 disappearing from his checking account and ended in the honeymoon suite of an Alliance hotel with someone other than his wife.


Final living history weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s final Living History event of the 2014 season will be held October 4 and 5. 

North Platte woman starts wildlife cooking show

The first episodes of “Kellie’s WildLife” were filmed Saturday, effectively launching a project Kellie Vap has been working on for years.


Partnership forms to benefit Arbor Lodge state historical park

The Arbor Day Foundation and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have finalized a unique cooperative agreement for the Foundation to manage and operate Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo draws crowd of thousands

If you’ve never fired a shotgun, paddled a kayak or banded a bird,  it’s all there in one big package at Ponca State Park.


Notes: Bowhunters must be certified

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29.

Omahan’s taxidermy collection of game birds encompassing 103 species will be showcased at UNL reception

Also, a new book about Dr. Everett “Buzz’’ Madson’s world-class collection, “Game Birds of the World,’’ by UNL ornithologist Paul Johnsgard is expected to be available at the event.


Students race to attempt new sport

Gerrit Groenendyk didn’t expect to win. He didn’t even expect to race. His coach talked him into giving it a shot at the last minute.

Rainfall helped fill Nebraska lake faster than expected

An official says rainfall this summer has helped fill a new recreational lake near a northeastern Nebraska city more quickly than expected.


Buffalo Bill Program at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

Humanities speaker Jeff Barnes will present the “Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska” program at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. Barnes will tell the story of William F. Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide, to becoming a celebrity as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.” The presentation will take place in the enlisted men’s barracks at the Fort and will discuss Cody’s enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today.


Change to bowhunter education; Outdoor calendar

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29.


Turning 10: The Missouri River Outdoor Expo

More than 52,000 visitors in two days. Nearly 1,000 volunteers. Over 100 hands-on exhibits. Sixteen trolleys. Three locations in one park. Two world-record holders. One decade.


Outdoor notes: Volunteers needed at DeSoto Refuge

National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27 is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy, such as national wildlife refuges.


Wildlife Rehab aids animals, even badgers

Barrett’s rescuers worked for hours on irrigation equipment near Aurora, Nebraska, while keeping an eye on the orphaned baby badger.

With father, childhood in mind, hunter championed venison donation program

Scott Smathers is being honored at a benefit dinner Saturday for his role in founding Hunters Helping the Hungry, a two-year-old effort that provides venison for food banks across the state. 


Lake Helen to undergo rehabilitation

Lake Helen in Gothenburg will be undergoing rehabilitation. The lake previously experienced frequent fish kills and poor water quality due to high amounts of phosphorous in the lake.

Iowa man killed mountain lion out of season in Nebraska, Game and Parks says

An officer ticketed an Iowa man over the weekend for allegedly killing a female mountain lion while he was deer hunting in northwest Nebraska.


GPS collars help hunters keep track of their dogs

It can be one of the lowest feelings in bird hunting. Darkness is falling across a rugged and remote landscape at least five miles from the nearest house and 15 miles from the nearest town.


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.


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