Locations Of Some Missouri River Outdoor Expo Activities Will Change Because Of High Water Levels

LINCOLN, Neb. — Visitors to the 15th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 21-22 at Ponca State Park are advised that high water along the Missouri will affect the locations of some activities.

Due to recent high Missouri River levels, this year’s event will include two main venues – the Resource and Education Center and Shooter’s Village. The activities and demonstrations on the park’s riverfront will be moved to one of these two locations. All normal activities and demonstrations except for Missouri River boat tours are planned to run as scheduled. Visitors are encouraged to visit missouririveroutdoorexpo.com or the expo’s Facebook page for changes in locations.

Parking for this year’s event will also be affected by the current flooding. All visitors will park on western portions of the park and will be shuttled to the main event. Staff and signage will guide visitors to this location.

The annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo features more than 80 hands-on outdoor activities and exhibits. This year’s event features many long-time favorites such as Dock Dogs, shooting sports, fish aquarium, climbing wall, kid’s ropes course, Dutch oven cooking, and much more. Additionally, the 2019 expo will feature new demonstrations and activities including the outdoor survivalist Samuel Larson, antler scoring and canine fly ball.

For more information, visit missouririveroutdoorexpo.com.

S.D. GFP Names Janecke 2019 Wildlife Damage Specialist Of The Year

PIERRE — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has named Brad Janecke as its 2019 Wildlife Damage Specialist of the Year. Janecke is stationed in Fort Pierre and serves producers in Stanley, Jones, and Western Lyman Counties. He has been with GFP since February of 2018 and is originally from Ridott, Illinois.

GFP relies on its wildlife damage specialists to work cooperatively with landowners to address all types of wildlife damage issues.

In receiving the award, Janecke was applauded for his willingness to take on additional responsibilities, such as becoming certified as an Aerial Gunner, attending professional level trapping programs, and educating GFP staff on the use of thermal imaging for coyote control and livestock protection.

This award is presented annually to a Wildlife Damage Specialist who has shown exemplary public service and work ethic over the past year.

Great Opportunities Await Neb. Youth Hunters This Fall

LINCOLN, Neb. — Great outdoor opportunities await youth hunters this fall, as well as those who take them hunting.

Youth waterfowl hunting begins Sept. 28-29 in Zones 2 and 4, Oct. 5-6 in Zone 1 and Oct. 19-20 in Zone 3. Duck hunting zones for youth waterfowl are the same as the regular duck season.

The youth waterfowl season is for hunters age 15 and younger. No permit is required for resident youth. Youth hunters age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 19 or older. The accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl. Youth age 12-15 must carry a Hunter Education certification card or Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate while hunting and must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. The adult does not need to be a licensed hunter.

The youth pheasant, quail and partridge season is Oct. 19-20. This gives youth the chance to go afield the weekend before the regular pheasant opener and bag birds. The youth pheasant season is for hunters age 15 and younger. No permit is required for resident youth. Hunting restrictions vary for accompanying adults.

For more information on both youth seasons, read the 2019-2020 Small Game and Waterfowl Guide at OutdoorNebraska.gov/guides.

The Take ’Em Hunting Challenge is ideal for adult hunters. They are encouraged to take a pledge to introduce someone new to hunting during the 2019-2020 hunting seasons. Those who take someone new hunting can upload a photo of their hunting trip to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website and be registered to win prizes.

The Take ‘Em Hunting Challenge runs through May 31, 2020. For more information or to take the pledge, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/TakeEmHunting.

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Conservation Officer

PIERRE — The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Conservation Officer Matt Talbert as its 2019 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Officer Talbert has served as a Wildlife Conservation Officer for 11 years with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Stationed in Salem, Officer Talbert serves as a Wildlife Training Officer and is one of two officers in South Dakota to complete the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boat accident training.

Officer Talbert will be honored at the NWTF State Convention in January 2020. In addition, the State Chapter will forward his name for consideration of the national honor, which will be awarded at the NWTF’s national convention in February 2020.

This is the 19th year the award has been presented by the South Dakota State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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