Outdoor notes: Pine Glen WMA project; Cornhusker Trapshoot; Boating safety course

Pine Glen WMA project will improve Long Pine Creek for fish, anglers

LINCOLN, Neb. – A project scheduled to start in June on Pine Glen Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Brown County will improve stream habitat on Long Pine Creek for fish and anglers alike.

As a continuation of the cool-water stream program, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will build several in-stream habitat features that create a variety of current breaks for resting and feeding trout. Specific habitat features also will narrow the stream to increase flow velocities and add pool depth.

“Project designs are targeted at improving angler success by creating additional hiding spots and concentration areas for these trout species,” said Brett Roberg, Game and Parks fisheries biologist stationed in Kearney. “We are hopeful that these stream modifications will provide anglers the opportunity to catch more fish – and bigger fish.”

A service road on the WMA has been improved to allow contractors better access to the canyon bottom to build the stream features. Trees along the riparian corridor will be removed to give anglers better access to the stream, provide additional fire protection and create wildlife habitat.

The project should continue through the fall. Hunters and anglers accessing the area should be cautious of equipment and workers during construction.

Long Pine Creek at Pine Glen offers anglers opportunities mostly for brown trout but also rainbows, making it a good option for anglers seeking to complete a Trout Slam. Anglers who catch all four species of Nebraska trout – rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat – can earn a Trout Slam certificate, pin and bragging rights. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/troutslam for more information.

Call Will Inselman, a Game and Parks wildlife biologist, at 402-684-2921 for more information about the Pine Glen WMA project.


49th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot Set for May 3-5

LINCOLN, Neb. – More than 2,000 students are expected to compete in the 49th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot May 3-5 on the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association (NTA) in Doniphan.

Competition will take place in individual and team divisions. Junior high students (grades 6-8) will shoot 100 16-yard targets on May 3. High school competitors (grades 9-12) will shoot 75 16-yard targets on May 4, then 75 handicap targets on May 5. The high school shooter with the highest combined score will earn the Cornhusker Cup. Competition begins at 8 a.m. each day.

The Cornhusker Trapshoot is open nationwide to all shooters in grades 6-12 who have completed a hunter education course.

The NTA home grounds are located 3 miles south of Interstate 80 exit 312 on U.S. 281. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the NTA are hosts.

Visit Cornhusker-trap.com for more information.


Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer approaching, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding water lovers to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating.

Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete a boating safety course and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska.

Game and Parks offers three options for taking boating safety courses. They are:

— Option A – six-hour classroom course followed by proctored exam;

— Option B – home-study course in which students can download study materials before attending a three-hour review and proctored exam;

— Option C – online course for a fee of $29.95.

Classroom courses are scheduled at locations throughout the state in the coming months. To find a schedule of course offerings, as well as other boating information, visit boatsafenebraska.org. The course schedule and registration information may be found in the “boater education” section.