Smallbore Silhouette Invitational set for Sept. 29

LINCOLN, Neb. – Young rifle shooters will compete for trophies and medals at the annual Smallbore Silhouette Invitational on Sept. 29 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

This free competition is for ages 11 and older who have passed hunter education but not yet graduated from high school. Proof of hunter education is required. Competitors, who will shoot steel silhouette targets, will be grouped in classes according to age, rifle weight, sight type and experience level. There will be individual and team competition.

Shooters must bring their own rifles and ammunition. Only equipment authorized by NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Rules are allowed. Only standard or high velocity .22 short, .22 long or .22 long rifle ammunition may be used.

Register early or the day of the event. Early registration is encouraged, and may be done only at the following links: individual,; team, The early registration deadline is Sept. 27 at noon.

Pressey WMA is located 17 miles south of Broken Bow in Custer County. For more information, contact Matthew Haumont at 308-872-2348 or

Four state fish records recently certified

LINCOLN, Neb. – Four state fish records recently were certified by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Three records were for underwater spearfishing and one for rod and reel.

They are:

– Mike Ban of Elbert, Colo., speared a 30-pound, 7-ounce bigmouth buffalo June 27 at a private sandpit in Dawson County.

– Ryan Malo of Cheyenne, Wyo., speared a 16-pound, 2-ounce wiper July 1 at Lake McConaughy in Keith County.

– Ryan Reynolds of Lexington speared an 8-pound, 12-ounce river carpsucker July 14 at Lake McConaughy.

– Don Musser of Tryon caught a 3-pound, 15-ounce tiger trout on rod and reel with a nightcrawler Aug. 20 at the Sutherland Supply Canal near Paxton in Keith County.

“Tiger trout are a hybrid [brown and brook trout] that does occur rarely in the wild, but in recent years our Nebraska state fish hatcheries have grown these fish and stocked them in a number of Nebraska waters,” said Daryl Bauer, Game and Parks’ fisheries outreach program manager. “Naturally, with more tiger trout available, our rod-and-reel state record has been growing with the passing of time.”

Check out the 2018 Fishing Guide for a complete list of record fish, a state record application form and state record rules.

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