LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can learn the basics of ice-fishing or pick up a few new tips from experienced anglers at three Discover Ice-Fishing clinics this month.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Youth Fishing Program will host two on-ice events and one classroom event.

From 1-5 p.m. Jan. 15, the Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host a classroom clinic at Kearney’s Yanney Heritage Parks Environmental Resource Center. This will feature presentations by some of Nebraska’s top ice fishermen. Seating is limited, so registration is requested by emailing [email protected].

From 8 a.m.-noon Jan. 16, anglers can head out to Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Lake No. 6 for an on-ice event. The other on-ice event will be from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake (located about mid-lake along the north shoreline drive). Limited loaner equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bait and instruction will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment.

A park entry permit is required for vehicles entering Fort Kearny. All fishing regulations and permit requirements apply.

A lack of safe ice would force the cancellation of the on-ice events.


Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at a workshop Feb. 13 at Ponca State Park.

Instructors are part of the Youth Fishing Program, a statewide team of volunteers and Game and Parks staff who host educational fishing events.

Trainings will take place at Ponca State Park’s Education and Resource Center from 1-4 p.m. Central time.

Workshop participants will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events. They also will receive program incentives. Instructors are encouraged to volunteer for such Game and Parks programs as Community Fishing Nights and the Outdoor Expos.

Contact Larry Pape at [email protected] to register, which is preferred but not required.

Mountain lion season ends with four harvested in Pine Ridge

LINCOLN, Neb. – The 2022 mountain lion hunting season in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge closed Jan. 6 when the harvest limit of four (three males and one female) was met.

The season opened Jan. 2. Excellent snow tracking conditions likely helped hunters find success during the season.

In accordance with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s management objective, the harvest of mountain lions allows the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. “This maintains the population density in the Pine Ridge at a similar level to that of other states that allow mountain lion hunting,” said Sam Wilson, carnivore and furbearer program manager for Game and Parks.

It was the state’s fifth mountain lion harvest season; the first was in 2014.

For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/mountainlions.


Spring turkey permits available Jan. 10

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring turkey hunting permits for 2022 will be available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 10.

Nebraska offers birds in every county of the state. The state also offers plentiful and affordable permits, long seasons, great public access and $8 permits for youth.

Wild turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy high success rates. In the spring, hunters can purchase as many as three permits, with a bag limit of one turkey per permit.

The spring archery season opens March 25, youth shotgun on April 9, and the regular shotgun on April 16. All spring turkey seasons close May 31.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.org or Game and Parks permitting offices to purchase permits starting Jan. 10. For more information on turkey hunting in Nebraska, visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/wildturkey or read the 2022 Turkey Guide, available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/guides or wherever permits are sold.

Romine is grand prize winner of camper in Your Parks Adventure

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kathryn Romine of Lincoln became a big advocate for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Your Parks Adventure challenge this year.

“I really like the spirit of adventure and the opportunity to get out and see places I never get a chance to see,” Romine said. “I’m always up for getting out and hitting the road.”

She and her friend visited several state parks and recreation areas across Nebraska, many for the first time, taking part in the Your Parks Adventure Program. As the challenge grand prize winner, Romine will now be able to camp in the parks in her new Forest River RV Patriot Edition 14cc camper from AC Nelsen RV World.

In the challenge, which was part of the state park system’s centennial celebration, people who visited any state park area from June through November, took a photo at a designated station, and submitted it and their story online were eligible to win prizes. Selfie stations were conveniently placed at 100 sites among Game and Parks’ 76 state park, state historical park and state recreation areas. More than 800 participants enthusiastically visited the selfie stations and shared their photos – some with multiple generations, groups of friends and pets.

Only those who visited Chadron State Park, Victoria Springs State Recreation Area, Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Danish Alps State Recreation Area were entered in a drawing for the grand prize donated by AC Nelsen RV World. More than 228 people met that challenge, visiting those parks across the state.

Each photo entry from a unique selfie station qualified for a monthly prize drawing. All participants who submitted a photo and story received a commemorative parks centennial sticker, and those participants who completed the grand prize challenge also received a limited-edition commemorative challenge coin.

Romine, who’s spent most of her life in Nebraska but also has lived in New Jersey and Colorado, heard about the challenge from her friend and travelling partner. As they got more involved, they went online and spread the word, too. “People would ask ‘What possessed you to drive across the state like that?’ We just told everybody it was amazing. We could not have done it if we hadn’t been encouraged by the competition.”

Runner-up prizes also were awarded. Eddie Dorn of Filley, Nebraska, received a camping package for four, sponsored by JEO Consulting, and Cleve Stolpe of Belden, Nebraska, received a camping package for two, sponsored by Crouch Recreation.

"AC Nelsen RV is the nation’s most experienced and trusted dealer, and we are honored to partner with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to award our exclusive Forest River Patriot Edition travel trailer,” said Bob Fielder, general manager of AC Nelsen RV World. “The awareness this challenge brought to our Nebraska State Parks and all they offer was overwhelming. We are fortunate to be a part of this great program and providing a great many memories to all who participated."