Hunters are reminded that state recreation areas are closed to hunting until Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Several hunting seasons will be open during the Labor Day weekend. Archery deer, dove, grouse and other small game seasons will be open Friday, Sept 1. The early teal season begins Sept. 2. SRA regulations prohibit any hunting until the Tuesday following Labor Day, which is Sept. 5.
Regulations state the portions of some SRAs are open to hunting from the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the end of the spring turkey hunting season, unless restricted. A park entry permit is required for vehicles entering the SRAs. Hunting is prohibited within 100 yards of any public use facility or activity area, including picnic areas, campgrounds, private cabins, concession areas, boat ramps, and parking lots.
Wildlife management areas, Open Fields and Waters sites and other public lands are open to hunting. The Public Access Atlas lists more than 300 publicly owned areas open to hunting. Click here for public hunting access opportunities.
Free Learn to Hunt workshops set
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host several Learn to Hunt workshops this fall to help novices prepare for upcoming hunting seasons.
These free workshops are designed to improve confidence and expand knowledge for those with little or no experience. There are workshops for deer, bird and predator hunting. Presenters will discuss strategies, equipment, biology and techniques.
The workshop schedule:
>> Aug. 27: deer hunting, Izaak Walton League, Bennet
>> Aug. 29: dove hunting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
>> Sept. 12: basics of hunting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
>> Oct. 3: waterfowl, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
>> Oct. 10: upland bird hunting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
>> Oct. 12: deer hunting, Omaha Gun Club, Omaha
>> Oct. 12: deer hunting, Lincoln Park Fire Station, Hastings
>> Oct. 17: deer hunting, Yanney Heritage Park, Kearney
>> Oct. 19: deer hunting, Game and Parks southwest district office, North Platte
>> Oct. 24: deer hunting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
>> Nov. 28: muzzleloader deer hunting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
>> Dec. 5: predator hunting, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln
Space is limited. Click here to register.
Learn about Otoe-Missouria people
Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones will present a program on the Otoe-Missouria people of Nebraska on Aug. 19 at Indian Cave State Park near Shubert.
The presentation, which begins at 7 p.m., highlights how the Otoe-Missouria affected Nebraska, and how the Louisiana Purchase and Nebraska’s statehood affected the Otoe-Missouria people. The presentation is one of several activities planned at the park in the days leading up to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 and is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Jones is a Kiowa/Otoe-Missouria Indian of Oklahoma and has been involved in the revival of the rich oral tradition of storytelling for more than 20 years. He has worked on many television scripts for NET Television and has won several awards for his work. He has served as a consultant on films including “Dances with Wolves.”
Repairs close part of Keystone Trail
The section of the Keystone Trail between Maple and Blondo Streets will be closed starting Monday so the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District can undertake creek bank repairs.
Repairs should be completed by Friday. Trail users can use Keystone Drive as a detour around the closed section. For additional information, contact Martin Cleveland of the NRD at 402-315-1707.