Outdoor Files: Mahoney State Park is hosting Cold Day-Warm Hearts-Family Fun day


Good morning. We’re into the new year. If you didn’t get your new permits for 2018, take care of that soon so it isn’t a last minute thing before you head to a park, go hunting or fishing.

Public big game meetings to discuss deer, elk and antelope matters are being held this week. All the meetings at 7 PM. Tonight at the Mid Plains Community College in Imperial AND at the Community Center in West Point. Tomorrow evening the 10th at the Senior Center in Fullerton. Then two meetings Thursday night: AT the Fairgrounds 4H building in Broken Bow and in Lincoln at the Outdoor Education Center 44th and Superior Streets.

If you’re going to be in east central Nebraska this Saturday, drive into Mahoney State Park from 2-5 PM. It will be their annual Cold Day-Warm Hearts-Family Fun day. Ice fishing, miscellaneous winter activities and crafts for the kids, fire roasting of smores and hotdogs, just part of the agenda.

Also coming up at Mahoney State Park on Saturday January 20th, a disc golf tournament. Tee off, or fling off is at 1 PM that day. Only a $10 entry fee and the proceeds will go toward the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program. Just show up a little early to register.

The numbers report is still being completed on nesting bald eagles in Nebraska for 2017 but those in the know tell me it will be another record year. Now into February is a good time to view the birds along many of our rivers and around many lakes, especially spillways. The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District runs a couple of nice eagle viewing facilities: the J2 Power Plant south of Lexington and the Kingsley Dam Facility at Lake Ogallala. Learn more at their webpage I’ve also had great video or picture taking success at places like Harlan Reservoir, Lewis and Clark Lake, Branched Oak near Lincoln…to name a few.

I doubt your preparing your taxes quite yet but I would remind you that the state form provides an opportunity to help that majority of wildlife species not fished or hunted. You can give whether you have a refund coming or not. Donations have a big impact as they are matched with other grants. Just a dollar donation becomes four dollars in aiding wildlife. Please look into this program at

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