Hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in Nebraska and western Iowa

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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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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Commissioners to consider fishing regulations

The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners will consider changes to 2015 fishing regulations when they meet Oct. 23 in Scottsbluff.

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Pair dives in to save dogs

Pheasant Haven partners plan to use family friendly jumping competitions to help find homes for needy animals.

Trout fishing events scheduled in Nebraska

Lakes in Seward and Broken Bow have been added to the sites that will host trout family fishing events in October.

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Notes: Youth hunts are set for next weekend

Youngsters ages 15 and younger are encouraged to participate in special youth pheasant hunts during the Oct. 18 and 19 statewide youth pheasant, quail and partridge season.

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Deer herd recovering; pheasant outlook good

Good news: Nebraska’s deer population is growing. Fawn production is up. And bonus doe tags have once again been reduced.

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Davis: Be ready, know the area, then hunt

Finally, deer season is here. This wait was worse than normal. Last year, I failed to harvest a deer — the first time in a decade that we didn’t have plenty of tasty venison steaks in the freezer and jerky in the fridge.

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This time, three hunters save the deer

A 10-point buck has a new lease on life, thanks to three high school friends who rigged up a late-night rescue and pulled him from the Winneshiek County sinkhole. The rescue is captured on YouTube.

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Trail cameras help scout best locations

Firearm season starts in just over a month. You’ve found what you think is a perfect spot for your deer stand. Now you can make sure with a trail camera. 

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