Outdoor notes: Get permission to hunt morels on private land; Outdoor recreation grants; Ladies’ handgun series

Outdoor notes: Get permission to hunt morels on private land; Outdoor recreation grants; Ladies’ handgun series

Get permission before morel hunting on private land

LINCOLN, Neb. – Morel mushroom hunters are out in force this month picking their favorite fungi. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds them that they must get landowner permission before entering private land.

The non-commercial harvesting of morel mushrooms is allowed on Nebraska Game and Parks owned and controlled properties, unless otherwise signed. That includes state park areas, where a park entry permit is required, and wildlife management areas (WMA). Morel pickers should be wary of spring turkey hunters on WMAs. Open Fields and Waters program sites are not open to mushroom harvesting, but only to walk-in hunting, fishing and trapping.

Visit outdoornebraska.gov/morel for more information on morel hunting in Nebraska, including tips on when to look and where to find them on public land.


Game and Parks accepting grant applications for projects promoting outdoor recreation

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications for parks and other outdoor recreation facilities and amenities promoting outdoor recreation.

The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program administered by the National Park Service for outdoor recreation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ballfields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnicking facilities, playgrounds, pool renovations, splash pads, park acquisitions and development, and park-related support facilities.

All projects must encourage outdoor recreation. Project sponsors must be a political subdivision, such as cities, county governments or Natural Resource Districts. The LWCF provides reimbursable matching grants for up to 50 percent of the project costs.

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations and to provide money to governments to purchase land, water and wetlands to benefit all. The primary source of revenue for the LWCF is from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Grant applications must be submitted by Sept. 7, 2018. Information and application materials are available at outdoornebraska.gov/lwcf. Approved grants will be announced after the January Commission meeting. Contact Schuyler Sampson at 402-471-5283 or schuyler.sampson@nebraska.gov for more information.


Learn the basics of handgun shooting in ladies’ introductory series

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women who want to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of handguns are invited to attend an introductory handgun series at Platte River State Park in June.

Part of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, the Summer Shooting Series features a variety of topics throughout four sessions, including firearm safety, gun handling and range rules. Sessions will be held June 6, 13, 20 and 27, at $15 per class; attendance is required at the first two classes. Participants may bring their own handgun and ammunition, or use those provided.

A park entry permit is required. To sign up or learn more, visit Outdoornebraska.org/bow.

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