Outdoor Files: State Park activities

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In this week’s outdoor report, several quick bits of news and you may want to grab a pen to jot down some internet sites I’ll be sharing.

Among the activities in our parks, theatrical productions may not be the first to come to mind but Mahoney and Fort Robinson State Parks have play schedules underway. Learn more for Fort Robinson at Postplayhouse.com. For Mahoney State Park, visit melodrama.net

Nebraska law requires any boater born after December 31st, 1985 to complete a boating safety course. There are 3 options. Learn more at boatsafenebraska.org

A very diverse schedule of habitat tours is planned into September around the state. Pheasants and Quail Forever,Game and Parks, the USDA are among partners in these free workshops. Beef-Birds and Working Lands…Wildflowers…Monarchs…Cover Crops…Brush Removal…just some of the topics. Check out the dates, reserve your free spot at NebraskaPF.com.

There is now a mandatory permit process for tractors operating on Lake McConaughy beaches. There is no fee for the permit. Permit applications can be taken care of at the Lake McCoanughy Visitors Center.

A new fishing opportunity awaits you 5 miles northwest of Peru in Nemaha County. The Duck Creek Rec Area has Submerged and standing trees for great fish habitat. A recent sampling found high densities of 8-15” largemouth bass. Also good numbers of 4-8” bluegill and 15-17 inch channel catfish. Learn more at NemahaNRD.org

The application period for big game draw permits in available units begins Monday June 11th. Apply at a Game and Parks office, or by the form in the current Big Game Guide. You can also find that application digitally online at OutdoorNebraska.org Act soon. Permits will be drawn by early July.

Family fishing events are picking up where instructors help you get started. We supply equipment and bait if you need that. Events this week include June 7 6 PM Mormon Island near Grand Island, same time and day at Oak lake in Lincoln. See the entire schedule at OutdoorNebraska.org/familyfishing

Until next week, I’m Ralph Wall reminding you time outdoors is time well spent.

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