Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2021 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 6. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at outdoornebraska.org. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. The 2021 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 30 –… Continue reading Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 6

Nebraska Big Game Society supports big game efforts with Game and Parks donation

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Big Game Society, which raises money through membership dues and its fundraising spring auction and dinner, donated $27,000 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on July 13. NBGS President Justin Hertzel, Secretary Jim King and board members Aaron Baumann and Tom King made a check presentation to Game and… Continue reading Nebraska Big Game Society supports big game efforts with Game and Parks donation

Family from Murray wins Take ’em Hunting grand prize UTV

From left, Bob Allen, Nebraska Game and Parks commissioner; Jim Douglas, Game and Parks director; Rick Brandt, commissioner; Jody Hellbusch; Kaylee Hellbusch, 12; Leigh Hellbusch, winner of the Take 'em Hunting grand prize; Connor Hellbusch, 10; and Kent Kirchhoff, vice president of sales and marketing with AKRS Equipment, during a ceremony June 24, 2021, at the AKRS store in Gretna, Nebraska. | Jeff Kurrus, Nebraskaland, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN, Neb. — In their Take ’em Hunting selfie, Kaylee Hellbusch gives the camera a quiet, happy smile as her dad, Leigh, snaps the picture from their tree stand. On Thursday, the two smiled once more as the Hellbusch family accepted the Take ’em Hunting grand prize John Deere crossover utility vehicle, donated by AKRS… Continue reading Family from Murray wins Take ’em Hunting grand prize UTV

Game and Parks staggering dates for big game permit purchases

LINCOLN, Neb. – In an effort to provide better customer service, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is staggering the beginning sale dates for big game permits. Staggering the sale dates will help the electronic permitting system run more efficiently during high-use periods. In addition, Game and Parks has added software to the system that… Continue reading Game and Parks staggering dates for big game permit purchases

Trout in the Classroom applications being accepted

LINCOLN, Neb. — Trout in the Classroom, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educational opportunity for schools and classrooms, will be accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year starting June 1. The interdisciplinary, science-based curriculum invites classrooms and schools to explore aquatic ecosystems, life cycles, water quality and the scientific process through raising trout eggs… Continue reading Trout in the Classroom applications being accepted

Key to mentoring new angler: Keep it simple

By Larry PapeNebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. – Consider your motivations on why you enjoy fishing. Is it to catch a meal, compete for the largest fish, get away from life’s stresses or to be with friends? To faithfully mentor a new angler, whether they be young or old, one probably should start… Continue reading Key to mentoring new angler: Keep it simple

Game and Parks offers tools for landowners experiencing wildlife damage

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds landowners there are tools and resources available to those experiencing crop and livestock damage due to wildlife. Landowners can contact their nearest Game and Parks district office to discuss options to alleviate damage, such as scare devices, fences, damage control permits or opening lands to… Continue reading Game and Parks offers tools for landowners experiencing wildlife damage

Game and Parks urges boaters to Clean, Drain and Dry to stop invasive species

LINCOLN, Neb. – While many Nebraska boaters are eager to enjoy a summer day on the lake, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges them to be wary of a nasty hitchhiker: the zebra mussel. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Game and Parks watercraft inspectors found two boats with zebra mussels attached attempting to launch.… Continue reading Game and Parks urges boaters to Clean, Drain and Dry to stop invasive species

Dead Timber SRA campground temporarily closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – The campground at Dead Timber State Recreation Area in Dodge County will be closed temporarily until further notice. Repairs from 2019 and 2020 flooding, along with other roadway improvements, such as the widening of the access road to the campground, are beginning this week. This closure is expected to be short term,… Continue reading Dead Timber SRA campground temporarily closed

Wing commander: Stutheit’s experience evaluating duck wings helps formulate waterfowl regulations across central U.S.

By Jerry KaneNebraska Game and Parks Commission LINCOLN, Neb. — By quickly studying a duck’s wing, Randy Stutheit plays a role in determining waterfowl regulations and seasons in states throughout the central portion of the country. But he’s been doing it awhile – 35 years – and that experience means a lot in the Central… Continue reading Wing commander: Stutheit’s experience evaluating duck wings helps formulate waterfowl regulations across central U.S.