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Outdoor Files: Information scam alert

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Good morning. First thing in the report today is a little buyer beware notice. There are some websites out there selling information about Nebraska permits and guides.

These have no affiliation with Nebraska Game and Parks.

Game and Parks offers hunting and fishing guide booklets at no cost. And you can only buy permits at an official business location or online at our Game and Parks website OutdoorNebraska.org.

The archery turkey season opens this Sunday March 25th. And as I just mentioned, you can get those spring permits conveniently online at OutdoorNebraska.org. Shotgun season for youth begins April 7th for all hunters April 14th.

Game and Parks will conduct 4 informational meetings on our latest research data concerning mountain lions. All the meetings start at 7 PM local time. The first one is Thursday March 22nd at North Platte’s Holiday Inn Express. April 3rd at the Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom. April 4th in the Gering Civic Center. An April 11th meeting is planned in Valentine, location still to be announced.

In fishing news, a comprehensive plan will start this late spring to improve habitat and access issues with 11 ponds around Fort Robinson State Park in northwest Nebraska. New features will include details like kayak launches, fishing piers, angler access pads with many to be user friendly for the disabled.

In this report, I recently mentioned the Nebraska Trout Slam, an incentive program that awards a certificate and pin to anglers who catch, and document photograph all four species of Nebraska troutthe rainbow, brook, brown and cut throat species. A few weeks back, the first Nebraska to accomplish this was Justin Powell of Alliance. He managed the feat in two days on the White River and Soldiers Creek at Fort Robinson and Nine Mile Creek near Scottsbluff. Learn more about the endeavor at OutdoorNebraska.org. Just type trout slam in the search box.

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