Conservation Officers to Conduct Special Patrols

From June through August, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers, in conjunction with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol, will conduct special enforcement patrols focusing on state recreation areas (SRA) and other Commission-managed property in Lancaster County.

The special patrols will focus on reducing the potential for alcohol-related vehicle and boat accidents around Branched Oak SRA, Pawnee SRA, Bluestem SRA, Wagon Train SRA, Stagecoach SRA and Wildwood Wildlife Management Area.

The efforts will focus primarily on weekends from May 26 through Aug. 4, with conservation officers conducting high-visibility patrols on and off the water.

Visitors to those areas are reminded that alcohol consumption on park and wildlife areas is prohibited on all roadways, designated swimming areas and parking areas. Consumption of alcohol also is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and where posted with signs.

A $10,800 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will help fund this special enforcement effort.

Nebraska Game and Parks

Jerry Kane
Public Information Officer | | 402.471.5008


Boating Accident Claims One Life, Injury in Another

LINCOLN – A boating accident on the morning of June 29 in the tailwaters below Gavins Point Dam in Cedar County claimed the life of a 68-year-old Creighton woman.

Two boats collided at approximately 9:55 a.m. The victim was a passenger in one of the boats. She was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., where she was pronounced dead.

Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska State Patrol, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar County Emergency Management, responded to the accident.

The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the accident. The Cedar County Attorney has ordered an autopsy on the victim. Both boats have been impounded.

A boating accident on the evening of June 28 at Whitney Lake in northwest Nebraska sent a woman to a hospital with serious arm and shoulder injuries.

A 40-year-old Crawford man was operating a boat on the Dawes County lake approximately 9 miles south of Crawford. The boat apparently struck a wake while making a turn, throwing the woman overboard. She was struck by the boat’s propeller. The victim was transported to Chadron Community Hospital and then later flown to a hospital in Fort Collins. Colo. The accident is under investigation.


Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Meat processors have until July 20 to apply for participation in the 2015 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need.

 The application form and program guidelines are available at Processors and Charitable Organizations. Game and Parks will accept applications for participation in any of the Nebraska 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons. Game and Parks will contact eligible applicants by Aug. 7, 2015.

 Contact Teresa Lombard at 402-471-5430 or for more information.


Habitat Project Planned on Bassway Strip WMA

LINCOLN – A habitat project will begin sometime this summer on Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area in Buffalo County to benefit bobwhite quail, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and many other species.

The primary focus of the project will be to remove invasive cedar trees and smooth brome grass and to establish food plots and shrub thickets. This will provide nesting, brood-rearing and escape cover for quail and turkeys.

Cedar tree and limited deciduous tree removal will open up heavily timbered areas, promoting the growth of early successional browse plants to benefit deer and other wildlife species. Some of these openings will also be interseeded with legumes and forbs to produce a greater diversity of habitat that benefit many huntable wildlife species.

Biologists also will maintain some selected areas with heavy escape cover for deer that will not be affected.

Bassway Strip is located along the Platte River just southeast of Kearney.


Commission to Consider Early Teal Season Dates

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2015 early teal season dates at its meeting July 16 in Sidney. The commissioners will consider the following recommended season dates: Low Plains, Sept. 5-20; High Plains, Sept. 12-20.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, 635 Cabela’s Drive.

Teal hunting season dates are set to coincide with the teal migration through Nebraska, and the opening day is typically the Saturday following Labor Day. This year, because Labor Day is Sept. 7, an earlier opening day in the Low Plains is recommended to accommodate a 16-day season while avoiding conflicts with possible youth and regular duck season openers later in September and October. Regular duck and goose season dates will be considered at the August 28 Commission meeting in Burwell.

For the second year in a row, the teal season in the northern portion of Nebraska will be on an experimental basis. Continuation of the teal season each year will be dependent on hunters and their ability to distinguish teal from other duck species. During the early season experiment, Game and Parks will evaluate the rate at which nontarget species are shot at or taken. If the rate is considered unacceptable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska will lose its teal season, and most likely, never get it back. Those who take or attempt to take ducks other than teal also will be subject to prosecution.


Women’s Rifle Series Held on Wednesdays in July

LINCOLN – Women interested in learning all aspects of rifle shooting are invited to attend a series of Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman classes in July at various locations across southeast Nebraska.

The rifle series is held each Wednesday in July from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each class is $5. Participants may attend as many classes as they desire. Equipment and ammunition can be provided.

The class schedule: July 8 – Introduction to .22 Rifles, Firearm Safety and Range Rules, Platte River State Park, Louisville; July 15 – High-Powered Rifles and Shooting Techniques, Eastern Nebraska Gun Club, Louisville; July 22 – High-Powered Rifles and Shooting Techniques, Weeping Water Gun Club, Weeping Water; July 29 – High-Powered Rifles and Shooting Techniques, Izaak Walton League, Bennett.

For more information, contact Christy Christiansen at 402-471-5547 or


Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 North 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is responsible for stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, parklands, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Harvest Season Reminders

By John Wilson, Extension Educator

Haulers Reminded Proper Permits Needed During Harvest Season

With the arrival of harvest season, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division would like to remind haulers to obtain the proper permits and make sure their equipment has been inspected and is safe for use.

Haulers are reminded that the Seasonal Harvest Permit or farmer issued statement are not valid on any part of the Interstate System, to include I-129 in Dakota County and I-180 in Lancaster County. The Seasonal Harvest Permit, as well as the issued statement of origin and destination by a farmer, allows a vehicle transporting seasonally harvested products to exceed the legal weight limitations by 15%, from the field to storage or market.

Such loads may still obtain Conditional Interstate Use Permits to exceed the 80,000 pound maximum on the Interstate System, but all axles and groups of axles must remain legal. This would include no more than 20,000 pounds on any single axle, and no more than 34,000 pounds on any true tandem.

The NSP Carrier Enforcement Division also encourages owners and haulers to ensure their equipment is properly maintained. “Braking component violations are the most common problem we discover during commercial motor vehicle inspections,” said Captain Gerry Krolikowski, Carrier Enforcement Division Commander. “Having a properly functioning brake system is critical to the safety of everyone on the roadway and we encourage owners to assure these items are thoroughly inspected.”

Individuals with questions on this topic are asked to contact the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division office in Lincoln during regular business hours, Monday-Friday at 402.471.0105.


Store Grain Management

The key management actions are the same as always, although there may be a little more leeway in storage times/shelf life.


  • Uniform drying and cooling
  • Adequate aeration (0.1 + cfm/bu)
  • Cooling cycle every 10-15 degree change of outside air versus grain
  • Get below 40degrees F as fast as possible
  • Take out the center core of fines immediately
  • Regular inspection, temperature monitoring
  • Temperature change is important (3 degrees increase in two weeks without aeration being run is significant)
  • Stay within temperature-moisture guidelines even if we are on the high end this year


Safe Grain Storage Periods

The following chart shows the safe storage period (in months) for corn and soybeans at different moisture content and grain temperatures. Remember, if not properly aerated, the grain temperature can be considerably higher than the outside air temperature.


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