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Outdoor Files: Getting ready for 2018

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Good morning. Because of the holidays and a little vacation time for me this will be my last outdoor report until January 6th. So, I’m going to look ahead a bit into next year and pass along a list of to do’s.

First order of business in that respect is to buy your 2018 hunting, fishing, trapping, parks permits and habitat stamps. Check your boat, does it need to re-registered net year. Have some fun with the new year. Sit down with your friends or family and come up with some resolutions or activity goals. Things like visiting a specified number of parks. Catch a dozen different fish species or land a fish from 25 different lakes. How many parks trails can you hike? Those are some rather basic suggestions. On the subject of trails, be part of our first day hikes on January 1. At least 9 are planned at parks around the state, some may have snacks, crafts and more as part of a winterfest agenda.

To help you with these and other activity ideas, check our Game and Parks website OutdoorNebraska.org The open up the calendar to view upcoming events.

Various deer seasons continue through January 15. But this is also the time of year we start holding big game meetings to publicly discuss issues concerning antelope, elk but mostly deer issues. Some of these meetings have been held. Still to come: This Thursday evening at the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport. In January, Geneva Public Library on the 4th, January 9th at the Mid Plains Community College in Imperial. Also that night at the Community Center in West Point. January 10th at the Senior Center in Fullerton. And on the 11th, meetings at the 4-H Building in broken Bow and the Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln at 44th and Superior Streets. All these meetings will be at 7 PM local time.

Landowners, you might be interested in attending training workshops for prescribed burns. Between mid January and into early February, 11 are planned around the state. See that schedule and registration details online at nebraskapf.com nebraskapf.com

And assuming Mom Nature cooperates, two ice fishing workshops next month. In inside class Saturday January 6 from 5-9 PM at Kearney’s Yanney Park followed by on ice fishing at Fort Kearny from 9-1 the next day. Farther out on the calendar, an on ice clinic is planned at Lake Wanahoo, just north of Wahoo from 1-4 on Saturday January 20th.

Until next month, I’m Ralph Wall hoping you’re enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors.

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