Outdoors prizes were awarded to 10 anglers in the first round of drawings for the Take ’em Fishing challenge, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and partners who donated prizes.
Fishers earned the chance to win a range of prizes by taking a new or lapsed angler fishing with them. More than 700 photos of fishing trips have been submitted for contest entries.
Russell Banzhaf of Lincoln won a fishing pole and tackle kit. David Burkhalter of Elsie got Alps Outdoors crosshair camp chairs and a Camp Chef cooking iron.
“Having a healthy, growing population of anglers in Nebraska provides tremendous benefits for the state, its wildlife and people,” Nebraska Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas said. “It is exciting to see such a response to Take ’em Fishing. We encourage anyone who loves to fish to take the pledge and help us encourage more people to discover fishing and keep this tradition alive and well in Nebraska.”
There is still time to participate. Resources to plan a fishing trip can be found at outdoornebraska.org, including a schedule of community fishing nights statewide where certified volunteers and equipment are provided. Game and Parks will continue drawing prizes weekly through Sept. 15.
Apply for big game permits
Hunters may begin applying for 2019 big game draw permits on Monday.
Residents and nonresidents may apply for one deer permit, residents may apply for one elk permit, and residents and eligible landowners may apply for one antelope permit.
The application period begins at 1 p.m. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. on June 28, with online applications accepted until 11:59 p.m.
A nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application. Drawing results will be available by July 5. Successful applicants will have until July 19 to complete the purchase of their permits.
Applicants who supply valid email addresses will be notified when the draw is complete. Applicants not providing an email address can monitor their status at outdoornebraska.org.
Applications may be made at outdoornebraska.org or in person at a Game and Parks office. Details regarding drawings and permits may be found in the 2019 Big Game Guide, which is available at outdoornebraska.gov/guides/ or wherever permits are sold.
Big Game Society donates gift
The Nebraska Big Game Society has presented a donation of $29,000 to Nebraska Game and Parks.
The Nebraska Big Game Society raises money through its membership dues and its fundraising spring auction and dinner. The donation to Game and Parks represented the sale of the Nebraska resident elk tag to the highest bidder. Additional funds raised are earmarked for other Nebraska big game efforts.
The Nebraska Big Game Society and its members have donated nearly $460,000 to big game research and conservation efforts, funding projects such as tracking collars for bighorn research, conservation easements, solar wells and fire protection equipment.
Father’s Day events planned
Four state parks and recreation areas will hold events on June 16 in celebration of Father’s Day:
» Danish Alps State Recreation Area: Father’s Day fishing clinic at 10 a.m. Demonstrations on baiting a hook, casting, fish identification and more will be presented. Bait and equipment will be provided.
» Fort Robinson State Park: Have barbecue ribs at a buffet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations required.
» Platte River State Park: Buffet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are not accepted. Contact the park office for more details.
» Ponca State Park: Fish fry, including Dutch oven cobbler dessert, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call ahead for the menu and to make reservations.
Celebrate National Marina Day
Have a day on the water at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area for a celebration of National Marina Day on Saturday.
Activities include yoga by the lake, boat tours, kayaking, fishing, archery, hayrack rides, touch tanks and educational sessions. New this year is a lighted boat parade starting at 9:30 p.m. To register your boat, contact the park office at 402-388-4169. Visitors can also attend, for a small fee, a fish fry from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
» Community Fishing Night, Terry’s Pit, Terrytown
» Residents and nonresidents may apply for one deer permit in any draw unit until June 28
» Residents may apply for one elk permit until June 28
» Residents and eligible landowners may apply for one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units until June 28
» Conservation Contractor Work Opportunities, Curtis Community Center, Curtis
» Community Fishing Night, Walnut Creek Lake, Papillion
» Grazing Lands and Prescribed Fire, Moore/Shamrock Ranch, Wallace
» Community Fishing Night, Bowling Lake, Lincoln
» Family Fun Night, Red Willow Reservoir, McCook
» Intensive Grazing Management, Sundstrom Family Ranch, Moorefield
» Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Beginning Kayaking, Memphis Lake SRA, Memphis
» Youth Shooting and Fishing Day, Lincoln Izaak Walton League, Bennet
» National Marina Day, Lewis and Clark SRA, Crofton
» Critter Corner, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
» Father’s Day Buffet, Platte River SP, Louisville
» Father’s Day Fishing Clinic, Danish Alps SRA, Hubbard
» Father’s Day Fish Fry, Ponca SP, Ponca
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