Ag and Outdoor 

Schuyler teacher receives award for ag education
Schuyler teacher receives award for ag education

A Schuyler kindergarten teacher received the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award.

Input sought on possible changes to elk unit boundaries

Input sought on possible changes to elk unit boundaries

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking public input on potential changes to elk management unit boundaries.

Outdoor notes: Learn ice-fishing at four events in January

Outdoor notes: Learn ice-fishing at four events in January

Anglers can learn the basics of ice-fishing or pick up a few new tips from experienced anglers at three Discover Ice-Fishing clinics this month.

Outdoor notes: Anglers must be aware of fishing regulation changes for 2023

Outdoor notes: Anglers must be aware of fishing regulation changes for 2023

Anglers need to be aware of fishing regulation changes in Nebraska that take effect Jan. 1, 2023.

Outdoor notes: Celebrate the new year with First Day Hikes

Outdoor notes: Celebrate the new year with First Day Hikes

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

Outdoor notes: Hunters successful in Nebraska bighorn harvest

Outdoor notes: Hunters successful in Nebraska bighorn harvest

Nebraska’s bighorn sheep hunting season ended Dec. 6 when a hunter from the eastern end of the state punched his tag, one of the two permits issued for the season.

Ag students involved in planning at new Acklie Family College Farm facilities

Ag students involved in planning at new Acklie Family College Farm facilities

Agriculture students at Northeast Community College are getting real-world, hands-on training as they help plan the workflow and other tasks at the new Acklie Family College Farm livestock facilities.

Outdoor notes: November firearm deer harvest lower than last year

Outdoor notes: November firearm deer harvest lower than last year

Three boat ramps at Sutherland Reservoir and Enders state recreation areas will reopen to the public Nov. 29 after several improvements were completed.

Outdoor notes: Indianola man seriously injured in hunting incident

Outdoor notes: Indianola man seriously injured in hunting incident

An Indianola man was seriously injured in a deer hunting incident at about 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in Red Willow County.

Outdoor notes: Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area boat launch area to reopen

Outdoor notes: Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area boat launch area to reopen

Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area’s boat launch access will reopen Nov. 10 after several improvements were completed.

Abortion rights advocates, farmers create crop art near Neligh

Abortion rights advocates, farmers create crop art near Neligh

As election day arrives, a group of farmers in northeast Nebraska is expressing support for abortion rights.

Outdoor notes: Locate check station before hunting during firearm deer

Outdoor notes: Locate check station before hunting during firearm deer

Deer hunters are reminded to locate their nearest in-person check stations prior to hunting during the nine-day firearm season this year.

Estate Planning Workshops in Chadron and Rushville on Nov. 7

Estate Planning Workshops in Chadron and Rushville on Nov. 7

Nebraska Extension has scheduled workshops in Chadron and Rushville on estate and transition planning for farmers and ranchers.

Outdoor notes: Christmas dinner returning to Fort Robinson

Outdoor notes: Christmas dinner returning to Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson State Park’s historical Christmas dinner is roaring back with a theme from the Roaring ’20s.

Cow-Calf Cost of Production Workshops to be held in the Panhandle

Cow-Calf Cost of Production Workshops to be held in the Panhandle

The Cow-Calf Cost of Production Workshops will provide a hands-on learning experience for producers to learn how to calculate a unit cost of production for a cow-calf operation.

NGPC in midst of fall trout stocking

NGPC in midst of fall trout stocking

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is in the midst of their fall trout stocking.

Outdoor notes: Motorists urged to use caution to avoid collisions with deer

Outdoor notes: Motorists urged to use caution to avoid collisions with deer

Deer are more active this time of the fall. Crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing.

Northeast ag students meet with industry representatives

Northeast ag students meet with industry representatives

The Acklie College Farm at Northeast Community College was a busy recently with over 170 agriculture students meeting with industry representatives during a day designed to connect the two groups and showcase employment opportunities in the industry.

Outdoor notes: Try these fall activities at Nebraska’s state parks

Outdoor notes: Try these fall activities at Nebraska’s state parks

Fall is here, with limitless possibilities for outdoor fun. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the autumn season, look no further than Nebraska’s state parks, which are perfect for recreation of all kinds.

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

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

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

Outdoor notes: Williams Gap WMA reopens

Outdoor notes: Williams Gap WMA reopens

Williams Gap Wildlife Management Area southeast of Gering has reopened to the public after being closed because of a wildfire.

Several cows killed by anthrax in western South Dakota

Several cows killed by anthrax in western South Dakota

Several cows have died of anthrax in western South Dakota, officials said Tuesday.

New collars boost bighorn sheep monitoring efforts

New collars boost bighorn sheep monitoring efforts

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is better able to monitor the health, movements and distribution of bighorn sheep in the Wildcat Hills thanks to a project completed this month.

Outdoor notes: Explore the parks with these Game and Parks events in October

Outdoor notes: Explore the parks with these Game and Parks events in October

Spend some time this fall in Nebraska’s state parks. While history is a major theme during October park events, other types of events are scheduled, too.

Outdoor notes: Anglers will benefit from completed aquatic projects at Fort Rob, Summit

Outdoor notes: Anglers will benefit from completed aquatic projects at Fort Rob, Summit

Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, renowned for its Sandhills location providing spectacular astronomical views, has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park.

Outdoor notes: Get outdoors with a fall turkey hunt in Nebraska starting Sept. 15

Outdoor notes: Get outdoors with a fall turkey hunt in Nebraska starting Sept. 15

Nebraska’s fall wild turkey season opens Sept. 15, when hunters will get out to the woods and fields for a chance to bag some birds.

Northeast Nebraska students learn about corn and careers at Ag Festival

Northeast Nebraska students learn about corn and careers at Ag Festival

Two hundred forty-six fifth grade students from eight schools in Northeast Nebraska gained firsthand experience about where their food, fiber, and fuel come from by attending the sixth annual Growing Potential Agriculture Festival.

Outdoor notes: Landowners reminded Free-earned Landowner Elk Permit Program available

Outdoor notes: Landowners reminded Free-earned Landowner Elk Permit Program available

Nebraska landowners are reminded of a new program beginning this fall that could provide them a free elk permit. In the Free-earned Landowner Elk Permit Program, a person who owns or leases at least 80 acres of farm- or ranchland for agricultural purposes

Northeast program highlighted in national magazine

Northeast program highlighted in national magazine

A Northeast Community College agriculture program has been featured in a national publication.

Nebraska sees decline in agriculture due to crop prices and drought

Nebraska sees decline in agriculture due to crop prices and drought

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an economic downturn for agriculture in Nebraska. 

Outdoor notes: Nine state parks where you can escape the crowds

Outdoor notes: Nine state parks where you can escape the crowds

Busy state parks are busy for a reason: There’s plenty to do and lots to see. But there are plenty of quieter parks, too.

8 harvested in state’s first special elk depredation season

8 harvested in state’s first special elk depredation season

Eight elk were harvested during Nebraska’s first special elk depredation season.

Outdoor notes: Platte River State Park’s 40th anniversary celebration is Aug. 13

Outdoor notes: Platte River State Park’s 40th anniversary celebration is Aug. 13

Platte River State Park will celebrate its 40th anniversary Aug. 13 with a daylong event for the entire family.

Outdoor notes: Mahoney SP’s conservatory to close temporarily for construction of new Venture Parks project

Outdoor notes: Mahoney SP’s conservatory to close temporarily for construction of new Venture Parks project

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park’s James Family Conservatory will be closed temporarily starting July 20 for the start of a yearlong construction project.

Outdoor notes: Take ’em Hunting grand prize winner Luedtke introduces friend to hunting

Outdoor notes: Take ’em Hunting grand prize winner Luedtke introduces friend to hunting

Outdoor activities are better with friends – including hunting. Noah Luedtke introduced his friend, Preston Cuddy, to turkey hunting last fall through the Take ’em Hunting challenge and gave him the start he needed.

Outdoor notes: Seven unusual places to stay at Nebraska’s state parks

Outdoor notes: Seven unusual places to stay at Nebraska’s state parks

Ready for some adventure? Ditch your hotel room this summer and stay somewhere a bit unconventional – like a tepee or a remodeled caboose.

Outdoor notes: Five state recreation areas will allow fireworks on July 4

Outdoor notes: Five state recreation areas will allow fireworks on July 4

Visitors to five state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on July 4.

Outdoor notes: Work on Main Ramp Area at Merritt SRA now set to begin June 27

Outdoor notes: Work on Main Ramp Area at Merritt SRA now set to begin June 27

A repair project at the Main Ramp Area at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area has been pushed back slightly.

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: Commissioners to consider changes to wild turkey seasons for 2023

Outdoor notes: Commissioners to consider changes to wild turkey seasons for 2023

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2023 wild turkey hunting seasons at its June 17 meeting in Lexington.

State Park's hours of operation reduced this Summer

State Park's hours of operation reduced this Summer

As Nebraska’s state parks prepare for another summer season, some are adjusting their activity hours because of a limited workforce. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges park-goers to call ahead before visiting a park to check on activity ti

Outdoor notes: Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

Outdoor notes: Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

Visit Nebraska parks, engage in healthy recreation — and possibly win prizes — by joining the 2022 Great Park Pursuit, an exploration of 20 official parks sites across the state.

Crofton's Dam Race returns this summer

Crofton's Dam Race returns this summer

Event organizers are now busy accepting registrations for this year's running of Crofton's Dam Race.

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.