The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to approve a proposed 2020 mountain lion season when it meets Friday in Alma.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Alma Country Club, 102 Dick Brown Memorial Drive. A public hearing on the mountain lion recommendation will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The proposed season would provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska.
The proposed season would allow the population to remain healthy while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This would initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of other western states that allow mountain lion hunting.
Youth summer camps available
Youth ages 8 to 14 can attend summer day camps hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center.
Kids will have the opportunity to explore archery, campfire cooking, outdoor games and more. The following camps are accepting registrations:
Learn to Hunt Camp (Tuesday-Thursday; July 1-3): Students will learn the fundamentals of safe and successful hunting, including hunting techniques, firearm handling and marksmanship, species identification and more.
Archery Academy Camp (June 25-27; July 9-11): This archery-focused camp will take students’ skills to the next level, whether they’re an experienced archer or have never picked up a bow and arrow.
Outdoor Explorer’s Camp (July 23-25): This camp introduces a variety of outdoor programming for kids, from adventures and nature-based education to skill development. Activities include archery, firearms, fishing, hunting, hiking, survival skills, outdoor cooking and more.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center is located at 4703 N. 44th St. in Lincoln. To learn more about the camps and sign up, visit outdoornebraska.org/outdooredcenter.
Fireworks OK at some SRAs
Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on July 4, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks.
Branched Oak State Recreation Area near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont Lakes SRA near Fremont, Pawnee SRA near Emerald and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4 only. Signs at recreation areas will point the way to designated fireworks sites.
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