Learn about all aspects of spring turkey hunting at a workshop hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The free event will be held in five locations and is designed for individuals with limited experience who want to expand their knowledge of turkey hunting. Topics will include strategies, equipment, turkey biology and ways to increase a hunter’s confidence and success.
All workshops begin at 6 p.m. The schedule:
» March 9: North Platte, Nebraska Game and Parks district office, 301 E. State Farm Road
» March 11: Ogallala, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area Visitor Center, 1450 Neb. Highway 61 N.
» March 22: Chadron, Chadron State College, Burkhiser Technology Complex, Room 231
» April 4: Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St.
» April 7: Gretna, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Highway 31
Space is limited. To register, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/workshops.
Top spots wanted to boat, fish
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is searching for the top 100 family fishing and boating spots across the nation, and Iowa and Nebraska state parks are among those being considered. Those participating in the vote can ensure their favorite places to boat and fish are recognized nationally.
Iowa locations include Lake Macbride, Lake Pahoja, Little River Watershed Lake and Green Valley Lake.
Nebraska locations are Harlan County Reservoir and the lakes at Summit Reservoir, Wagon Train, Fremont Lake, Lake Wanahoo and Lake McConaughy state recreation areas.
Entrants can vote daily until March 27 for the three parks they feel offer the best experience based on family amenities, location and the likeliness to catch a fish or enjoy a day on the water. The parks with the most votes will be placed on the 2016 America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots list.
To learn more about the sweepstakes and to vote for your favorite parks, go to www.takemefishing.org and click on the link to America’s Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots.
Paddlefish applications due
Applications for archery paddlefish permits will be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission March 1 to 14.
The application period begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Mail applications must be received in the Commission’s Lincoln office by 5 p.m., and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 14.
Permits will be issued through a random drawing based on preference points earned, with the persons having earned the most preference points receiving the greatest priority. Any permits remaining following the drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. May 2. A total of 275 permits have been authorized.
An applicant will receive a preference point if he or she is not awarded a permit in the drawing. An additional preference point will be added each year he or she is unsuccessful in the drawing. Any person who is issued a paddlefish permit and any person who does not apply at least once during five consecutive years will lose all accumulated preference points.
Two people — both residents or both nonresidents — may submit a joint application. That application will be assigned to the applicant with the fewest preference points.
A person may have no more than two archery paddlefish permits per year: one earned via application and one bought over the counter. Permits and their accompanying tags are not transferable. Anyone fishing with an archery paddlefish permit also must have a valid Nebraska fish permit.
The application fees are $22 for residents and $42 for nonresidents. To apply, visit a Commission office or OutdoorNebraska.org, or use a form in the 2016 Nebraska Fishing Guide.
The 2016 archery paddlefish season is June 1-30.
Certification for instructors
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 12 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Nebraska Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also are encouraged to volunteer for such Nebraska Game and Parks programs as Family Fishing Nights and the Outdoor Expos.
To reserve a spot in this free workshop, contact Larry Pape at firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Women’s Firearm Series: Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30-9 p.m., 402-471-6141
» Women’s Combo Hunter Education, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River State Park, Louisville, HuntSafeNebraska.org. Also Thursday and Saturday.
» Outdoor Skills Discovery Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 2-4 p.m., 402-471-6141. Also March 8, 15, 22 and 29.
» Ladies Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30-8 p.m., 402-471-6141. Also March 15.
» Application period for archery paddlefish permits. Ends March 14.
» Introduction to Gun Safety and Technique for Young Shooters, ages 8-10, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 5:30 p.m., 402-471-6141. Also March 9, 16, 23 and 30.
» .22 Pistol League, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 7 p.m., 402-471-6141. Also March 10, 17, 24 and 31.
» Turkey Hunting Series, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 8:30 p.m., 402-471-6141. Also March 10 and 31.
» Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon-4 p.m., 402-471-6141
» Critter Corner, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, noon, 402-471-6141
» Marsh Madness, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284. Also March 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27.
» Explore Archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10:30 a.m., 402-471-6141. Also March 12 and 19.
» Fort Kearny State Historical Park Visitor Center open for sandhill crane migration to April 10, Kearney, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305
» Shootout at Salt Creek, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m., 402-471-6141
MONDAY, MARCH 7
» Centerfire Challenge, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30 p.m., 402-471-6141
» Hunt Safe Session, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River SP, Louisville, 5:30-7:30 p.m., HuntSafeNebraska.org