I have a new park activity to mention. Platte River State Park is a woodland paradise along the Platte River a few miles from Louisville in the east central part of the state.
They are offering outdoor buffalo steak feeds and movie nights Saturday evenings through September 2. Popcorn and drinks as well. You can call the park for more information at 402-234-2217.
The Open Fields and Waters Program is aimed at increasing hunting or fishing access on personal property. Participating landowners can receive up to $15 dollars per acre by enrolling into the program. Landowners receive liability protection. An enrollment period is open through June. Landowners can learn more by contacting their nearest Game and Parks office.
As of Monday June 12th, application periods opened for deer, elk and antelope in available units. This draw unit opportunity is open through Friday June 23rd. Apply online at OutdoorNebraska.org, in person at Game and Parks offices, or by mailing in forms from the current big game guide booklet.
Hunters Helping the Hungry continues to grow each year in the amount of donated venison that gets distributed to Nebraskans in need. Meat processors interested in being a part of the program have until July 1rst to apply. Processors, anyone interested in learning more can go online to OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH.
Upcoming family fishing events, where equipment and bait is provided, include Wednesday evening June 14 6-8 PM at Lincoln’s Bowling Lake…two events on Saturday the 17th, the Carp-O-Rama from 8-1 at Branched Oak Lake northwest of Lincoln. And the National Wild Turkey Federation is helping with a kids day at Enders Reservoir in southwest Nebraska. Kayaking, fishing and other activities will begin at 10 AM.
Check this out. A small dam on the Calamus River at Spalding has prevented fish from moving upstream. A recently completed fish ladder or bypass is designed to let fish to work their way up a calmer flow with built in resting pools. It’s working. Fish tagged below the dam are being caught and netted above the dam. I’ll have more on this project in a future report.
Until next week, I’m Ralph Wall reminding you time outdoors is time well spent.