Practicing archery at a Nebraska Game & Parks camp. 

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Director’s Cup archery tournament, which will take place Aug. 11 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.

The Director’s Cup is open to both serious archers and novices. The tournament uses a lake-of-the-woods format, in which archers shoot at varying distances based on age and discipline. Participants may register in one of 14 divisions, which include options for compound, recurve and freestyle shooters. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in each division, culminating in a shoot-off to determine the winner of the Director’s Cup.

The tournament is sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Lincoln Archery Club and Cabela’s. Competition begins at 8 a.m.

More information and online registration is available at Online registration is available through Aug. 7. Late registration will be available in person at the event.

Fort Atkinson to celebrate July 4

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park will celebrate Independence Day with living history and several special features, including a Smithsonian exhibit and a Black Hawk helicopter display on Saturday.

Living history at Fort Atkinson includes blacksmiths, soldiers, laundresses, seamstresses and others portraying the world of the fort, complete with military drills, cannon firings and displays of period skills. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the volunteers.

From noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can view a Black Hawk helicopter on display at the fort. The helicopter is an Army National Guard aircraft and will be flown out of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Lincoln. Pilots and crew chiefs will be on site to visit with attendees and field questions about the aircraft.

A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” will be on display in the visitor center. It focuses on Native American involvement in military conflicts from the French and Indian War to the present day.

Other activities include a log hewing demo, bow making and presentations on the history of the American flag.

Funding will protect habitat

Prime habitat that benefits elk and other wildlife in northwest Nebraska will be permanently protected thanks to funding provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

“We truly appreciate the support of the Nebraska Environmental Trust in making this transaction happen,” said Kyle Weaver, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation president and CEO. “Partnerships are vital in making land and wildlife conservation possible.”

NET provided $480,000 in funding toward the Charcoal Creek Acquisition project. The 1,520-acre property is adjacent to the Peterson Wildlife Management Area and south of Fort Robinson State Park in the Pine Ridge Region.

Once the property is under Nebraska Game and Parks Commission management, it will be open to public access and increase the immediately adjacent complex of protected private and public lands to nearly 37,000 contiguous acres to benefit wildlife movement.

“This is a unique landscape that provides crucial habitat for Nebraska’s elk population as well as bighorn sheep, mule deer, swift fox and other species,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also contains important riparian habitat thanks to almost 10 miles of intermittent streams including a stretch of Charcoal Creek.”

The project improves habitat connectivity, wildlife management and recreational access.



» Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31

» Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in certain waters through Dec. 31

» Learn to Hunt Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

» Paddlefish snagging permit application period until July 14

» Application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area special access permits for deer hunting until July 31


» Western and Wildlife Art Show, Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Crawford


» Red, White and Blue Day — A Salute to Our Troops, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (SRA), Crofton

» Beginner’s Fishing Clinic, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard

Annual 4th of July Barbecue, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford

» Pollinator/Bird Program, Niobrara SP, Niobrara


» Results of the draw for deer, antelope and elk permits will be available on or before this date

» Final day to apply for Nebraska Super Tag and Combo lottery permits

» Introduction to Kayaking Courses, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard

» Nature Scavenger Hunt, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton

Outdoor Movie, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton


» Buffalo Cookout and Corps of Discovery in Song and Story, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

» Hooked for Life, Medicine Creek Reservoir Trail 3, McCook

» Red, White and Blue Weekend, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton

» Advanced Kayaking Courses, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard

» Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun

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