Jack Nemeth and his son, Riley, with the big ram. (NGPC photo)CRAWFORD, Neb. — Nebraska’s limited bighorn sheep season wrapped up recently when the second of two permit holders harvested a ram near Fort Robinson State Park’s Cheyenne Buttes. Jack Nemeth of nearby Chadron, who won the permit by lottery, said he was not looking for the “biggest, baddest ram”…
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Mature ram, estimated to be 10 years old, had a gross score of 195-1/8 and netted 193-5/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale. The record will become official if the score still surpasses the current record of 190-5/8 when the horns are measured again after a 60-day drying period.
And mule deer buck harvest has increased for the fourth consecutive year, reaching record number in 2017.
Popular among non-resident hunters is the distinct feather pattern and coloration of the Merriam’s subspecies. Those birds reside in Nebraska’s Panhandle and Niobrara valley. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters liked what they experienced while pursuing wild turkeys in Nebraska this spring according to an annual survey by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Almost all respondents — more than 96…
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska has joined the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, an agreement that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in states that are members of the compact. Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in any compact member state may also be suspended in all other member states. Nebraska became the 46th compact member…
Good quail numbers were reported throughout the southern half of Nebraska, but very few hunters were targeting bobwhites.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved a September teal season in the northern part of the state, ending a four-year experimental season.
In addition to providing places to hunt waterfowl, wetlands are pumped to provide habitat for migrating waterfowl and other water birds, to provide areas for people to observe wildlife, and to spread out the distribution of migrating birds to reduce the possibility of disease outbreaks.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the agency said in a news release. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter, according to the release. The stockings began Sept. 19 with 1,000 trout put in Elm Creek east of Red Cloud. The…
The study reveals that since 1942 spring migration of whooping cranes occurs as many as 22 days earlier in spring and about 21 days later in fall.
Pheasant abundance appears similar to last year and prairie grouse numbers have declined, according to Upland Game Hunting Outlook.
July Rural Mail Carrier Survey shows that relative abundance of quail was higher compared to last year. The relative abundance of pheasant, wild turkey, cottontail and jackrabbit was slightly lower, but was comparable to 2016 estimates. The survey showed abundances of pheasant, quail and jackrabbit were above the five-year average.
All 21 lambs equipped with tracking collars in May and June have died. And while pneumonia is the cause, biologists want to know what pathogens are triggering the disease.
New marks set for triploid crappie, bowfishing.
South Dakota border water, also known as Cottonwood Lake, sits below Lewis and Clark Lake’s Gavins Point dam and just north of the Missouri River. In recent years, zebra mussels became established in Lewis and Clark and the river from the dam to the Kansas border.
Thirty teams competed in the seventh annual tournament, and each team could weigh a maximum of five bass, with a minimum length of 15 inches.
State stocking approximately 25 cats at Platte River State Park’s Jenny Newman Pond near Louisville and 200 at Bowling Lake in Lincoln, ranging from 2 to 9 pounds.
If spring and early summer weather is moderate, production of young should be good this year.
It allows hunters to donate whole field-dressed deer at participating meat processors, food pantries and other charitable organizations. In 2016, a record 528 hunters participated, and Nebraskans received more than 28,000 pounds of venison.
In 10 years of collecting broodstock, 1,633 pallid sturgeon have been sampled.
Numerous changes coming in 2017-2018 for deer, antelope and elk.
According to the survey, which was open only to 2016 fall turkey hunters, 63 percent were satisfied with their hunting experience. The results are based on 1,114 responses.
Commission has scheduled required boating safety courses at locations throughout the state in the coming months. The home-study option of the course allows participants to download and study materials online before attending a three-hour review and test-out session. The other option is a six-hour classroom course.
The 2017 event, the 12th in Nebraska, saw a record 802 registered archers and 2,000 spectators.
The Commission adopted waterfowl season orders that include opening the early teal season on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend – a week earlier than staff had proposed and the same as the 2016 teal season
Fall turkey hunters in the state to receive survey.