Hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in Nebraska and western Iowa

Ponca State Park

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.

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 o…

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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.


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.


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