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Gosper County woman crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska
Gosper County woman crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska

A new Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned Wednesday night at the Wild West Arena.

Thrills on the water: Niobrara River Fest Races in Valentine

Thrills on the water: Niobrara River Fest Races in Valentine

Niobrara River Fest Races featured several different competitions, including divisions for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards.

Pedaling across Nebraska: Nearly 500 cyclists take on the challenge

Pedaling across Nebraska: Nearly 500 cyclists take on the challenge

Hundreds of bicyclists are hoping for good weather as they travel across Nebraska this week.

Outdoor notes: Grazing tenant sought near Bridgeport

Outdoor notes: Grazing tenant sought near Bridgeport

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking a cattle producer to graze livestock at Chet and Jane Fliesbach Wildlife Management Area 9 miles west of Bridgeport on U.S. Highway 26.

Outdoor notes: Equestrian campground addition opens at Fort Robinson

Outdoor notes: Equestrian campground addition opens at Fort Robinson

The $1.2 million expansion of the Mare Barn Campground at Fort Robinson State Park is scheduled to open this week, bolstering the northwestern Nebraska attraction's reputation as the state's premier destination for those traveling with horses.

Outdoor notes: Nebraska’s first All-State archery team honored

Outdoor notes: Nebraska’s first All-State archery team honored

Nebraska students are being recognized for their archery and academic achievements this school year through the first All-State Team and the Academic Archers in the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Outdoor notes: North Platte’s Nowak wins Cornhusker Cup

Outdoor notes: North Platte’s Nowak wins Cornhusker Cup

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for another spring and summer of fun with Community Fishing Events.

Branding a tradition for families in Nebraska’s cow business

Branding a tradition for families in Nebraska’s cow business

As the five horseback riders disappeared behind a pasture hill on a blustery late April morning, a meadowlark sang in the rustling tall grass.

Details on Merritt Reservoir expansion

Details on Merritt Reservoir expansion

One of the most popular tourist attractions in north-central Nebraska is planning an expansion.

Outdoor notes: Nebraska anglers still have time to join Midwest Walleye Challenge

Outdoor notes: Nebraska anglers still have time to join Midwest Walleye Challenge

Nebraska anglers still have plenty of time to enter the Midwest Walleye Challenge and be eligible for prizes, as well as to gather data that biologists can use to help manage walleye populations.

Thousands flock to Doniphan for 54th annual Cornhusker Trap Meet

Thousands flock to Doniphan for 54th annual Cornhusker Trap Meet

The 54th annual Cornhusker Trap meet is back in Doniphan. It's considered the 'state tournament' of trapshooting that marks the end of the trap season. 

Outdoor notes: Highway project underway around Merritt

Outdoor notes: Highway project underway around Merritt

A highway widening and resurfacing project is underway on Highway 97 around Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area southwest of Valentine. Visitors can expect delays.

Nebraska publishes 2024 fishing guide

Nebraska publishes 2024 fishing guide

Locating, attracting fish, equipment, strategies covered in guide

Outdoor notes: Document nature, help scientists during City Nature Challenge

Outdoor notes: Document nature, help scientists during City Nature Challenge

Ready to notice nature? Join the City Nature Challenge, a community science event to find and document urban wildlife, beginning April 26 across Nebraska.

Latest batch of rain brings some relief for farmers

Latest batch of rain brings some relief for farmers

After the latest round of storms and rain, farmers were provide with some relief from the drought season.

Larry The Cable Guy enters bull in Lincoln PBR event

Larry The Cable Guy enters bull in Lincoln PBR event

Nebraska's own Larry The Cable Guy is getting involved in Lincoln's Professional Bull Riding event this weekend. 

Game and Parks talks turkey numbers, regulations as 2024 season is underway

Game and Parks talks turkey numbers, regulations as 2024 season is underway

In 2023, Game and Parks dropped nonresident turkey permits to 10,000.

Outdoor notes: Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 15

Outdoor notes: Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 15

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for one 2024 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 15.

Outdoor notes: ‘RV There Yet?’ features Fort Robinson SP, Wildcat Hills SRA

Outdoor notes: ‘RV There Yet?’ features Fort Robinson SP, Wildcat Hills SRA

Join hosts Patrice and Kevin McCabe as they return to Nebraska to explore Fort Robinson State Park and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area in the state’s Panhandle during the third season of “RV There Yet?”

Game and Parks investigating illegal shooting of mule deer in Cherry County

Game and Parks investigating illegal shooting of mule deer in Cherry County

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on the illegal shooting and wanton waste of two mule deer in Cherry County, northwest of Cody, Nebraska.

Outdoor notes: Pillen acknowledges 50 years of Hunter Education

Outdoor notes: Pillen acknowledges 50 years of Hunter Education

Gov. Jim Pillen signed a proclamation March 18 recognizing the 50-year anniversary of Hunter Education in Nebraska in 2024.

Outdoor notes: Explore opportunities for early spring wildlife watching

Outdoor notes: Explore opportunities for early spring wildlife watching

Spring has come early, and with it, many opportunities for wildlife watching.

Outdoor notes: CRP General Signup runs through March 29

Outdoor notes: CRP General Signup runs through March 29

Agricultural producers and private landowners can sign up for the general Conservation Reserve Program through March 29, 2024.

Poll: Rural Nebraskans 'unfamiliar' with federal farm policy

Poll: Rural Nebraskans 'unfamiliar' with federal farm policy

The latest Farm Bill, still in the works on Capitol Hill, is expected to top the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever. At the same time, a new survey finds those numbers largely lost on rural Nebraskans.

Outdoor notes: Upland Slam grand prizes awarded

Outdoor notes: Upland Slam grand prizes awarded

Spring has come early and Nebraskans are eager to fish. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is scheduling the release of rainbow trout in waters across the state this spring.

Outdoor notes: Enjoy fun state park events this March

Outdoor notes: Enjoy fun state park events this March

Spend some time this spring in Nebraska’s state parks. During March, a variety of events are planned for those for all ages and interests.

Outdoor notes: Archery paddlefish applications to be accepted March 1-14

Outdoor notes: Archery paddlefish applications to be accepted March 1-14

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14.

Outdoor notes: Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors

Outdoor notes: Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at workshops across the state in the coming months.

Columbus Community Hospital hosts ag safety conference

Columbus Community Hospital hosts ag safety conference

Safety is of the utmost importance in the agricultural world and Columbus Community Hospital aimed to assist farmers at their first safety conference on Tuesday.

Outdoor notes: Box Butte WMA opening for firewood harvest

Outdoor notes: Box Butte WMA opening for firewood harvest

Firewood harvest is usually prohibited at Box Butte Wildlife Management Area but people with authorization will be allowed to collect it Feb. 1-March 10.

Outdoor notes: LWCF, RTP grant awards approved by commissioners

Outdoor notes: LWCF, RTP grant awards approved by commissioners

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved grant awards for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program and the Recreational Trails Program at its meeting Jan. 19 in Lincoln.

Flood warning lifted; Smith Falls SP campground open

Flood warning lifted; Smith Falls SP campground open

The National Weather Service has lifted a flood warning for the Niobrara River, allowing Smith Falls State Park in north-central Nebraska to reopen its campground and trail to the falls.

Outdoor notes: Catch these Game and Parks education events in February

Outdoor notes: Catch these Game and Parks education events in February

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in February. Here are some opportunities:

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion season ends in Niobrara Unit

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion season ends in Niobrara Unit

The 2024 mountain lion hunting season in Nebraska’s Niobrara Unit closed Jan. 7 when the harvest sublimit of one female was met.

Outdoor notes: Hunters may start buying spring turkey permits Jan. 8

Outdoor notes: Hunters may start buying spring turkey permits Jan. 8

Hunters may begin purchasing their 2024 spring turkey season permits from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning at 1 p.m. Central time Jan. 8.

NGPC urging safety to ice fisherman, as above normal winter temps continue

NGPC urging safety to ice fisherman, as above normal winter temps continue

With unseasonably warm temperatures gripping much of the Cornhusker state, NGPC is urging safety to ice fisherman.

Outdoor notes: Public invited to help revise Legacy Project at meetings across state

Outdoor notes: Public invited to help revise Legacy Project at meetings across state

Be a part of the process to update Nebraska’s state wildlife action plan, which outlines conservation efforts and priorities for Nebraska’s most vulnerable plant and animal species.

Outdoor notes: Be aware of fishing regulation changes for 2024

Outdoor notes: Be aware of fishing regulation changes for 2024

Anglers need to be aware of fishing regulation changes in Nebraska that take effect Jan. 1, 2024.

Outdoor notes: Celebrate 2024 with First Day Hikes

Outdoor notes: Celebrate 2024 with First Day Hikes

Start the new year by getting outdoors and participating in First Day Hikes at Nebraska’s state parks Jan. 1.

Outdoor notes: Take care of important ice-fishing prep now

Outdoor notes: Take care of important ice-fishing prep now

Anglers waiting for ponds and lakes to freeze over don’t need to idly stand by. There’s plenty to do in the meantime.

Sidney teen bags trophy bighorn

Sidney teen bags trophy bighorn

Kiersten Black of Sidney certainly isn’t the only Nebraska teenager to hunt big game this fall. She has, however, harvested an animal in the state that none of the others can claim — a bighorn sheep.

Outdoor notes: Firearm deer harvest down 18% statewide

Outdoor notes: Firearm deer harvest down 18% statewide

Preliminary results from the 2023 Nebraska November firearm deer season show statewide harvest was down 18% from 2022 and down 29% from the 2018-2022 average.

Nebraska woman bags marriage proposal shortly after killing big buck on hunting trip

Nebraska woman bags marriage proposal shortly after killing big buck on hunting trip

A Nebraska woman bagged a marriage proposal along with a big buck during a recent deer hunting trip.

Outdoor notes: Big game meetings scheduled across Nebraska

Outdoor notes: Big game meetings scheduled across Nebraska

Hunters and landowners are encouraged to offer their feedback on big game issues during the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s public information meetings this winter.

Outdoor notes: Still time to fish for stocked rainbow trout this fall

Outdoor notes: Still time to fish for stocked rainbow trout this fall

Mild weather is hanging around this fall and Nebraskans can take advantage by fishing for stocked rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Outdoor notes: Upland hunters see variable success in opener

Outdoor notes: Upland hunters see variable success in opener

Nebraska’s 2023 pheasant and quail season opener Oct. 28 greeted hunters with a front of cold winter weather and variable success.

West Holt FFA place first at National FFA competition

West Holt FFA place first at National FFA competition

A group of eight West Holt High School sophomores placed first at the National FFA competition in Indianapolis last week.

Outdoor notes: Special Youth Hunt another success in 2023

Outdoor notes: Special Youth Hunt another success in 2023

Nebraska youth got to experience a pheasant hunt as adult mentors took them afield for the state’s Special Youth Hunt on Oct. 21-22.

Appreciation pheasant hunt held in Cheyenne County for military veterans

Appreciation pheasant hunt held in Cheyenne County for military veterans

Big Boy Morning Show Host Hunter Arterburn joined the hunt and caught up with event organizer, Justin Langley, between walks through trees and fields.

Game and Parks stocking lakes, ponds with catchable Rainbow Trout

Game and Parks stocking lakes, ponds with catchable Rainbow Trout

As the weather cools off, the Nebraska Game and Parks in the midst of a yearly fall activity: stocking Nebraska’s lakes and ponds with catchable size Rainbow Trout.

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion lottery application period is Nov. 6 – Dec. 13

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion lottery application period is Nov. 6 – Dec. 13

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept lottery applications for mountain lion permits Nov. 6 – Dec. 13, 2023, for the 2024 hunting season.

Outdoor notes: Catch these Game and Parks education events in November

Outdoor notes: Catch these Game and Parks education events in November

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in November. Here are some opportunities:

Outdoor notes: Commissioners approve nonresident big game permit fee increases

Outdoor notes: Commissioners approve nonresident big game permit fee increases

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved fee increases to several nonresident big game permits at its Oct. 13 meeting at Fort Robinson State Park.

Scottsbluff, Gering moose sightings prompt warnings

Scottsbluff, Gering moose sightings prompt warnings

Nebraska Game and Parks officials are asking people to give space to a moose that has been observed along the North Platte River in Scottsbluff and Gering.

Outdoor notes: Nebraskaland photo contest begins Oct. 1

Outdoor notes: Nebraskaland photo contest begins Oct. 1

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept submissions for the 2023 Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest starting Oct. 1.

Drivers, Ag Producers Share the Road During Harvest Season

Drivers, Ag Producers Share the Road During Harvest Season

Harvest is in full swing across Nebraska and the Nebraska State Patrol encourages all motorists to be aware of agriculture equipment traveling on roads throughout the state.

Outdoor notes: Memorial run raises $9K for Smith Falls trails

Outdoor notes: Memorial run raises $9K for Smith Falls trails

The Tyler Vanderheiden Memorial Run, an annual race aimed at raising awareness and understanding of mental health, raised more than $9,000 for Nebraska Game and Parks state park trails in 2023.

Outdoor notes: Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt is Oct. 22 at Clear Creek WMA

Outdoor notes: Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt is Oct. 22 at Clear Creek WMA

Youth ages 11-15 may register for the Ash Hollow Youth Mentored Waterfowl Hunt, scheduled for Oct. 22 at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area near Lewellen.

Governor proclaims Sept. 23 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska

Governor proclaims Sept. 23 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska

Gov. Jim Pillen on Friday proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 23, as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska.

Cherry County state park areas, WMAs temporarily banning campfires

Cherry County state park areas, WMAs temporarily banning campfires

Nebraska state park areas and wildlife management areas in Cherry County are temporarily banning campfires as drought conditions have triggered extreme fire danger.

Outdoor notes: Low water prompts river access reminders

Outdoor notes: Low water prompts river access reminders

As dry conditions persist across much of the state, Nebraska Game and Parks will close river and stream access ramps to vehicles and other traffic as necessary.

Outdoor notes: Catch these Game and Parks education events in September

Outdoor notes: Catch these Game and Parks education events in September

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled interesting and engaging events for the curious in September.

Flood visits Columbus for two celebrations

Flood visits Columbus for two celebrations

A community in Platte County welcomed their first congressional district representative to celebrate their sales pavilion, as well as show him their new community facility. 

Outdoor notes: Dove hunting season opens Sept. 1 in Nebraska

Outdoor notes: Dove hunting season opens Sept. 1 in Nebraska

With the annual dove season opener on Sept. 1, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has some reminders for hunters, as well as recommendations for areas to hunt.

Outdoor notes: Public asked to report dead, sick big game animals

Outdoor notes: Public asked to report dead, sick big game animals

Nebraska wildlife officials say conditions in certain areas of the state are suitable for the spread of deadly viral diseases among big game populations.