Ag and Outdoor 

Outdoor notes: Catch cowboys, soldiers, and Miss V the traveling cowgirl at Fort Kearny event
Outdoor notes: Catch cowboys, soldiers, and Miss V the traveling cowgirl at Fort Kearny event

Join Fort Kearny State Historical Park for an afternoon of free cowboy fun from 2 to 4 p.m. June 28 at 1020 V Road, Kearney.

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

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

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

Waterways Across Nebraska Receiving Improvements

Waterways Across Nebraska Receiving Improvements

The Gracie Creek Pond in Loup County will be closed temporarily to fishing and public access as work on its rehabilitation will begin with equipment mobilization May 23. Frenchman Lake #1 is also receiving a little shot in the arm. Windy condition fishing

Outdoor notes: Gracie Creek Pond temporarily closed to access as work begins on rehabilitation project

Outdoor notes: Gracie Creek Pond temporarily closed to access as work begins on rehabilitation project

The Gracie Creek Pond in Loup County will be closed temporarily to fishing and public access as work on its rehabilitation will begin with equipment mobilization May 23.

Game and Parks accepting outdoor recreation grant applications

Game and Parks accepting outdoor recreation grant applications

Two federal grant programs administered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are accepting applications from communities across Nebraska for recreation improvements.

Outdoor notes: Game and Parks accepting RTP, LWCF outdoor recreation grant applications

Outdoor notes: Game and Parks accepting RTP, LWCF outdoor recreation grant applications

Two federal grant programs administered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are accepting applications from communities across Nebraska for recreation improvements.

Lakes Mac and Ogallala enter second season of reservation requirement

Lakes Mac and Ogallala enter second season of reservation requirement

Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are entering their second peak season May 20 to Sept. 11 when reservations are required for all camping, including beach sites.

New Big Game Hunting Recommendations Approved

New Big Game Hunting Recommendations Approved

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved recommendations for 2022 deer, antelope and elk hunting seasons at its meeting April 28 at Niobrara State Park.

Outdoor notes: Open Fields and Waters Program seeking new enrollments

Outdoor notes: Open Fields and Waters Program seeking new enrollments

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking to provide additional hunting and fishing opportunities on private lands through its Open Fields and Waters Program.

Raymond Central’s Gerdes wins Cornhusker Cup

Raymond Central’s Gerdes wins Cornhusker Cup

Cornhusker Cup champion Mason Gerdes had a strategy for shooting in the blustery winds of the 52nd Cornhusker Trap Shoot on Saturday in Doniphan, Nebraska.

52nd Annual Cornhusker Trap Shoot

52nd Annual Cornhusker Trap Shoot

This weekend Doniphan plays host to the nation's largest middle & high school trap shooting competition. We also check in with professional fisherman Thomas Larson for more spring time fishing tips.

Outdoor notes: 52nd Annual Cornhusker Trap Shoot set for April 28-30

Outdoor notes: 52nd Annual Cornhusker Trap Shoot set for April 28-30

More than 2,400 students in grades 6-12 are expected to compete in the 52nd Annual Cornhusker Trap Shoot April 28-30 on the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association in Doniphan, Nebraska.

Springtime Fishing notes & tips

Springtime Fishing notes & tips

The Nebraska Game and Parks is offing the Take'em Fishing Challenge again! Plus we check in with Thomas Larson for some early season pointers. Watch video for complete story and details.

Outdoor notes: Getting hooked on spring crappie fishing

Outdoor notes: Getting hooked on spring crappie fishing

There is no doubt the fish species that can send the largest number of anglers to the banks during the spring outbreak of fishing fever is crappies.

Outdoor notes: Win adventure in 2022 Take ’em Fishing challenge

Outdoor notes: Win adventure in 2022 Take ’em Fishing challenge

Take ’em Fishing is all about sharing the experience of the sport.

Outdoor notes: Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 18

Outdoor notes: Bighorn sheep lottery applications begin April 18

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for one 2022 bighorn sheep lottery permit beginning April 18.

Walleye egg collections begins; dam, breakwater to close at rec areas

Walleye egg collections begins; dam, breakwater to close at rec areas

Fisheries staff at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission again will capture spawning walleyes at Sherman Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir and Lake McConaughy to collect eggs to meet stocking requests.

Be safe when paddling Nebraska waters this spring

Be safe when paddling Nebraska waters this spring

Nothing brings out paddlers like unseasonably warm temperatures.

Outdoor notes: Nebraska’s top 9 parks with trails for wildlife watching

Outdoor notes: Nebraska’s top 9 parks with trails for wildlife watching

With migration underway and spring on our doorstep, now is a great time to get outside, bring some binoculars and walk a trail to see wildlife.

Outdoor notes: Commissioners to consider 2022-2023 waterfowl recommendations

Outdoor notes: Commissioners to consider 2022-2023 waterfowl recommendations

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2022-2023 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 23 meeting in Nebraska City.

Outdoor notes: Bridge, bank stabilization project underway at Rock Creek Station SHP

Outdoor notes: Bridge, bank stabilization project underway at Rock Creek Station SHP

A construction project is underway at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park near Fairbury that will limit some visitor access within the park from time to time.

Outdoor notes: 2022 Nebraska Fish Art Contest open for entries

Outdoor notes: 2022 Nebraska Fish Art Contest open for entries

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can discover the outdoors by participating in the third annual Nebraska Fish Art Contest.

Outdoor notes: Surveys hitting hunters’ inboxes soon

Outdoor notes: Surveys hitting hunters’ inboxes soon

Hunters of upland and small game, waterfowl, fall turkey and deer will receive emailed invitations to participate in surveys about their harvest and hunting experiences.

Outdoor notes: Six fishing records certified in 2021, including one twice in eight days

Outdoor notes: Six fishing records certified in 2021, including one twice in eight days

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission certified six state fishing records in 2021, including the underwater spearfishing channel catfish mark that was broken twice in eight days. It was a record that had stood for more than 20 years.

Outdoor notes: Game and Parks to host fly-tying workshops in March

Outdoor notes: Game and Parks to host fly-tying workshops in March

Anglers can learn the basics of fly tying that will prepare them to catch trout and panfish this spring.

Commissioners approve special area regulation changes for WMAs

Commissioners approve special area regulation changes for WMAs

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted special area regulation changes for wildlife management areas at its meeting Jan. 28 in Lincoln.

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 informational meetings this winter.

Outdoor notes: November firearm deer harvest lower than last year

Outdoor notes: November firearm deer harvest lower than last year

Preliminary Nebraska deer check-in numbers indicate statewide harvest is down 12 percent compared to 2020 for the November firearm season.

Career opportunities the focus of day one at Nebraska Ag Expo

Career opportunities the focus of day one at Nebraska Ag Expo

The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (INEDA), in conjunction with the Nebraska Ag Expo hosts a Career Exploration Event aimed to create awareness of the employment opportunities in the equipment industry.

Outdoor notes: Outdoor Catch a festive park event near you

Outdoor notes: Outdoor Catch a festive park event near you

Nebraska state parks will be offering a variety of events throughout the month of December.

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

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

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

Outdoor notes: Bird Conservatory of the Rockies offers Family Nature Club in Scottsbluff

Outdoor notes: Bird Conservatory of the Rockies offers Family Nature Club in Scottsbluff

Family Nature Club is a monthly event for children and adults to encourage discovery of the wonders of nature. The first session, Dec. 4 in Scottsbluff, will focus on birds.

Inaugural Special Landowner Deer Season wraps up

Inaugural Special Landowner Deer Season wraps up

For hunters in Nebraska’s inaugural Special Landowner Deer Season, their season is over.

Deer Firearm Season Opens

Deer Firearm Season Opens

The statewide Nebraska deer firearm season is set to begin November 13th. Watch video for important information pertaining this season's rules and regulations.

Deer hunters urged to be safe during firearm season

Deer hunters urged to be safe during firearm season

Hunters taking to the field for the November firearm deer season will have bagging a deer on their minds. Safety should be uppermost on their minds.

Outdoor notes: Hunter success highly variable on Nebraska’s pheasant opener

Outdoor notes: Hunter success highly variable on Nebraska’s pheasant opener

Bird dogs and blaze orange returned to the fields across rural Nebraska on Oct. 30, the state’s season opener for pheasant quail and partridge.

Follow these tips in park areas during hunting season

Follow these tips in park areas during hunting season

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters and parkgoers of safety tips as limited managed hunting begins Nov. 1 in some state park areas.

Game and Parks open for deer permit sales Veterans Day, two Saturdays

Game and Parks open for deer permit sales Veterans Day, two Saturdays

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will be open to serve deer hunters seeking permits on three days otherwise closed in November.

'There's been Ups and Downs': NFB recaps 2021 harvest season

'There's been Ups and Downs': NFB recaps 2021 harvest season

The harvest season this year is full of "ups and downs," according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

Excitement builds as Nebraska’s Oct. 30 pheasant opener approaches

Excitement builds as Nebraska’s Oct. 30 pheasant opener approaches

Hunters from around the country will take to the fields this Saturday for Nebraska’s pheasant, quail and partridge season opener.

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion lottery application period is Nov. 1 – Dec. 8

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion lottery application period is Nov. 1 – Dec. 8

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept lottery applications for mountain lion permits Nov. 1 – Dec. 8, 2021, for the 2022 hunting season.

PBR’s animal athletes hit the scales in the name of charity in Lincoln

PBR’s animal athletes hit the scales in the name of charity in Lincoln

PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and Tractor Supply Co. will be hosting an official PBR Bull Weight-In. 

Outdoor notes: Commission approves Free-earned Landowner Elk Permit Program

Outdoor notes: Commission approves Free-earned Landowner Elk Permit Program

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider amendments to wildlife regulations that would create a Free-earned Landowner Elk Permit Program at its Oct. 22 meeting in North Platte.

Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat plants

Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat plants

Like other ranchers across the country, Rusty Kemp for years grumbled about rock-bottom prices paid for the cattle he raised in central Nebraska, even as the cost of beef at grocery stores kept climbing.

Wisner-Pilger takes top prize at Northeast Area FFA contest

Wisner-Pilger takes top prize at Northeast Area FFA contest

The Northeast Area FFA Land Judging Contest was held Tuesday, October 5th near Howells. 

Rural Safety Day held in Beatrice

Rural Safety Day held in Beatrice

Elementary students from area schools spent the day on Thursday learning about rural safety.

Outdoor notes: Limited river otter trapping season opens Nov. 1

Outdoor notes: Limited river otter trapping season opens Nov. 1

Nebraska’s first limited river otter harvest season opens Nov. 1, providing those with a valid fur harvest permit an opportunity to trap one otter per season.

Upland Season Opener & Fishing Notes

Upland Season Opener & Fishing Notes

The season opens October 30th and the Nebraska Game & Parks will be offering the Upland Slam Challenge once again. Fall fishing tips also included on this week's outdoor report!

Ash Hollow visitor center, cave temporarily closed through Oct. 12

Ash Hollow visitor center, cave temporarily closed through Oct. 12

The visitor center and cave at Ash Hollow State Historical Park near Lewellen are closed through Oct. 12 due to a staffing shortage.

Outdoor notes: Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

Outdoor notes: Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

Rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and state park and recreation area lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Boat docks to be temporarily removed at Lake Ogallala

Boat docks to be temporarily removed at Lake Ogallala

Both boat docks at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area will be removed Sept. 29 to make way for the Keystone Diversion Dam maintenance project.

Outdoor notes: Big game hunters should be aware of two regulation changes

Outdoor notes: Big game hunters should be aware of two regulation changes

Nebraska big game and turkey hunters should be aware of wildlife regulation changes for 2021 regarding hunting over bait and carrying a handgun while hunting.

Carbon dioxide pipelines may be opposed in Nebraska, Iowa

Carbon dioxide pipelines may be opposed in Nebraska, Iowa

The companies working to build pipelines to capture carbon dioxide produced by ethanol plants and transport it as a liquid under high pressure to permanent storage deep underground may face opposition from farmers and environmental groups.

Outdoor notes: Deadline to take state park survey is Oct. 4

Outdoor notes: Deadline to take state park survey is Oct. 4

Visitors to Nebraska state parks have until Oct. 4 to take a survey online to share their experiences this summer.

Habitat projects on land and water in Nebraska

Habitat projects on land and water in Nebraska

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with organizations such as Pheasants Forever, are currently working on multiple habitat Restoration projects. CRP grounds and area lakes across the entire state are receiving maintenance. *Night fishing tips a

Outdoor notes: NGPC director receives national distinguished conservation career honor

Outdoor notes: NGPC director receives national distinguished conservation career honor

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Director Jim Douglas received on Sept. 13 the national Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ top honor: the Seth Gordon Award.

Multi-million dollar improvements coming to Farmers Pride facilities

Multi-million dollar improvements coming to Farmers Pride facilities

Agronomy facility upgrades continue to be made at Farmers Pride, all designed to help the farm producer with quicker loading times and additional product being available.

Outdoor notes: Fall wild turkey season opens Sept. 15

Outdoor notes: Fall wild turkey season opens Sept. 15

Nebraska’s fall wild turkey season begins Sept. 15, giving hunters a chance to harvest two turkeys on a single permit.

Outdoor notes: Third year of Take ’em Hunting challenge launches

Outdoor notes: Third year of Take ’em Hunting challenge launches

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with AKRS Equipment Solutions, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Heartland DSC, is launching its third Take ’em Hunting challenge to hunters.

Career chats: What's it like to work for Nebraska Game & Parks?

Career chats: What's it like to work for Nebraska Game & Parks?

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is about halfway through their career chats series. The virtual sessions offer kids, students, and adults a chance to check out what a day working with them would be like. 

Department of Ag warns against TikTok trend, destroying crops

Department of Ag warns against TikTok trend, destroying crops

The NDA is sounding the alarm about a series of TikTok videos where farmers falsely claim they are being paid to destroy their crops. 

Outdoors: Late summer fishing report

Outdoors: Late summer fishing report

Smallmouth bass are being relocated as part of a restoration project to one of Two Rivers' Recreation Area's lakes.

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: Two Rivers Trout Lake fish renovation completed

Outdoor notes: Two Rivers Trout Lake fish renovation completed

Lake 5 at Two Rivers State Recreation Area has been renovated to remove unwanted species that invaded the lake during the 2019 spring flooding, which connected the lake to the Platte River.

Outdoor notes: Memphis SRA temporarily closed because of storm damage

Outdoor notes: Memphis SRA temporarily closed because of storm damage

Access to Memphis State Recreation Area in Saunders County is closed until further notice while extensive tree damage from last weekend’s storm is cleared.