Outdoor notes: Fall wild turkey season opens Sept. 15
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s fall wild turkey season begins Sept. 15, giving hunters a chance to harvest two turkeys on a single permit.
Turkey hunting can be combined with big game, upland game, waterfowl or fishing for a true Nebraska mixed bag adventure.
Fall turkey permits are valid statewide, cost just $8 for youth age 15 and younger, and allow hunters the option of harvesting with either a bow or shotgun. Fall hunters can buy up to two turkey permits, and the bag limit for a fall permit is two turkeys of either sex.
Turkey hunters in Nebraska enjoy a long fall season, which ends Jan. 31, 2022, and high success and satisfaction rates. Wild turkeys can be found all across Nebraska, and more than 1.2 million acres of land are publicly accessible across the state.
The Nebraska Public Access Atlas provides hunters a guide to publicly accessible lands. It is available at outdoornebraska.gov/publicaccessatlas.
Arbor Lodge SHP to host final signature event Oct. 1-2
LINCOLN, Neb. – Help Nebraska state parks wrap up their summerlong centennial celebration by attending a final signature event Oct. 1-2 at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City.
Guests may compete in Baskets and Blankets: An Evening Harvest Picnic contest on Oct. 1 for a chance to win a custom picnic set-up for two courtesy of Pic’d on Purpose of Omaha or a two-night cabin stay at a Nebraska state park.
Judges will look for tablescapes incorporating natural themes that reflect Nebraska’s great outdoors, as well as creative and innovative ways of using the outdoor space. Participants can find inspiration from event sponsor Pic’d on Purpose online.
Register or learn more about the competition at YourNebraskaParks100.org/ArborLodge.
Picnickers — even those not wishing to complete — may bring their own picnic spread or pre-purchase a boxed dinner from Parker's Smokehouse. Beverages will be available for sale.
Other activities planned for Oct. 1 include a ceremonial tree planting, lawn games, an outdoor viewing of “Adventures in History: Discovering Nebraska’s State Historical Parks,” live music and a Laser Light Extravaganza.
Oct. 2 will be family day at the park, with educational stations throughout the grounds, tours of the lodge, living history reenactments, scavenger hunts, tree tours and much more. Food trucks will be on site.
An 1860s style ballgame, featuring the Topeka Westerns, will be at 2 p.m. that day.
Event hours are 5:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2. Stay up-to-date with the schedule of events through the event listing at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov.