Outdoor News: Eclipse tips, Kites and Castles, hunting private land

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Star City team wins high school state fishing tournament

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Mike Mueting and Nick Spencer of the Star City team caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.56 pounds to capture The Bass Federation – Nebraska High School Fishing Championship. The event took place July 22 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area in Cherry County.

Cole Hall and Keegan Oettinger of North Platte’s Lincoln County Bass Bosses took second place with five fish weighing 14.45 pounds. They also caught the tournament’s biggest fish at 4.85 pounds. Colton Kelle and Jarrett Kmiecik of Wahoo’s Star City caught five fish weighing 13.76 pounds for third place.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and The Bass Federation-Student Angler Federation were hosts. Thirty teams competed in this seventh annual TBF – SAF state tournament. Each team could weigh in a maximum of five bass, with a minimum length limit of 15 inches. Congratulations to the winners and all participants!

Game and Parks offers resources for eclipse viewers

The nation’s first total solar eclipse in decades is coming up on Aug. 21, and many of Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas offer prime opportunities for viewing. Visit our website to view an interactive map of parks within the path of totality, as well as information on when exactly the eclipse will be visible in each park. This page also offers important tips about viewing the eclipse and traveling safely. 

Boater education classes scheduled for August


Summer is in full swing and Nebraskans are enjoying their days on the water. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds boaters to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating.

Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete one of the two types of boating safety courses and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska.

The Commission has scheduled required boating safety courses at locations throughout the state in the coming months. The home-study option of the course allows participants to download and study materials online before attending a three-hour review and test-out session. Other options include an online course and a six-hour classroom course.

In August, classroom courses will be offered at Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, Kearney, Grand Island and Norfolk. Learn more or find a course near you at our website.

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Upcoming Events

Director's Cup

Director's Cup

Archers of all skill levels are invited to test their skills in the second annual Director’s Cup archery tournament on Saturday, Aug. 19. Learn more about this unique tournament or register online today!


Kites and Castles

Take part in a Lake McConaughy tradition on Saturday, July 29 during the annual Kites and Castles event! Take part in the sandcastle building contest or fly a kite on the lake’s white sand beaches. Learn more online


See the stars

Visit Niobrara State Park on Saturday, July 29 and see the stars. Park staff will set up a few telescopes for park guests; visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and photograph the Milky Way. Visit our calendar for details. 

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Hunting private land

Over the years, Greg Wagner has asked many landowners permission to hunt on their property. Visit his blog for tips on how to ask landowners for permission to hunt – and how to show your gratitude afterwards!


White-winged doves

White-winged doves are one of a handful of bird species rapidly increasing in Nebraska, and over the past two years, they’ve been spotted in three new counties. Visit the Nongame Bird Blog to learn where these birds are in Nebraska. 


Squirrel season

August is just around the corner, and that means squirrel season is too. Warm weather, lots of access, and the opportunity to brush up your skills prior to other fall seasons make this a great species to hunt in Nebraska; visit our website for more.  

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Featured photo from NEBRASKAland Magazine:


A whitetail deer in a Dawes County wheat field. 

Justin Haag/ NEBRASKAland Magazine

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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.

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