Outdoor notes: Big game permit applications; Fort Atkinson SHP history event; Music at Fort Hartsuff SHP; Lake Maloney fish kill

LINCOLN, Neb. – Residents and nonresidents may apply for one 2018 Nebraska deer permit in any draw unit beginning June 11, and residents may apply for one elk permit and one buck or either-sex antelope permit in available units.

The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on June 11. Paper applications must be received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by 5 p.m. CT – or by 11:59 p.m. for online applications – on June 22. One application is allowed per person per species.

Draw units are established to provide equal opportunity to obtain permits in those units. They are determined by the overall demand on a unit’s permits. Residents get preference over nonresidents when these permits are drawn.

Applications may be made at OutdoorNebraska.org, via application form in the 2018 Big Game Guide, or in person at a Game and Parks permitting office. A list of offices is in the Big Game Guide.

Permits will be drawn by early July. Beginning on July 9, residents, nonresidents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining deer and antelope permits, and residents and eligible landowners may purchase remaining elk permits.

In addition, July 6 is the final day to apply for the Super Tag and Combo multispecies lottery permits.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.org, which includes a digital version of the Big Game Guide, for more information.

Learn about War of 1812 at Fort Atkinson SHP event June 2-3

LINCOLN, Neb. – The War of 1812 and its connection to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park will be the theme of a living history event June 2-3.

Two displays will be available at the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center. “The War of 1812” display from the Archives of Ontario in Toronto is on loan to Fort Atkinson until October. Also on display will be “War on the Sea: The Naval War of 1812,” from the Naval Museum in Washington D.C.

War of 1812 veterans will be honored at the Monument to the Deceased. More than 30 of those veterans once were stationed at the fort. A display book of the military records of those men will be compiled and put in the Visitor Center. Records will be obtained from the National Archives.

Fort Atkinson, the first military post west of the Missouri River, is located seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun. A park entry permit is required. Admittance to the Visitor Center is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-12.

Contact the park for more information at 402-468-5611 or ngpc.fort.atkinson@nebraska.gov.

Celebrate music and history at Fort Hartsuff SHP June 17

LINCOLN, Neb. – Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of music and history June 17 for “How Western Music Won the West” at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park.

Bob and Sheila Everhart, recording artists for the Smithsonian Institution and historians of America’s Western music, will begin the program at 3 p.m. The Everharts are members of the National Traditional Country Music Association and have performed in Europe and Asia.

The program is free, but a park entry permit is required. Call the park at 308-346-4715 for more information. Fort Hartsuff is located 6 miles southeast of Burwell in Valley County.

The program is funded by the Friends of Fort Hartsuff.

Fish kill reported at Lake Maloney

LINCOLN, Neb. – An estimated 1,000 to 3,000 fish have died in a fish kill that was reported May 26 at Lake Maloney. Those fish were primarily white bass and wipers.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologists suspect a disease caused the die-off. The white bass were in spawning condition, and the high temperatures likely added stress to the fish, which would have made them more susceptible to disease.

Samples of dead fish have been collected and will be analyzed at a laboratory to help identify any potential disease.

Lake Maloney is located in Lincoln County in west-central Nebraska.

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