Outdoor notes: Rice sets female record at NASP state tournament; More trout stockings in Panhandle

Rice sets female record at NASP state tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Katheryn Rice of Cornerstone Christian in Bellevue set a state record high score for females in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 23 at Speedway Sporting Village in Lincoln.

Rice scored 289 out of a possible 300 points for the highest score of the meet. Her score broke the all-time female mark by one point set by two girls in 2018.

The high male score of the tournament was a 288 by Lincoln East’s David Lynch.

The 2019 event, the 14th in Nebraska, saw a record 40 schools participate, with 780 archers. Archers shot 15 arrows at targets from 10 meters and 15 arrows from 15 meters.

NASP is an in-school curriculum covering target archery for students in grades 4-12. In Nebraska, more than 280 schools have NASP as part of their physical education curriculum, and nearly 35,000 students participate each school year. The state tournament is the largest archery event in Nebraska.

The results:

Individual

High School Female – 1. Katheryn Rice, Bellevue Cornerstone Christian, 289 points; 2. Gracen Jones, Lincoln East, 286; 3. Shauna Moran, Lincoln North Star, 285; 4. Kristi Shedenhelm, Omaha Mater Dei Academy, 280; 5. Alyssa Schwinck, Lincoln East, 280

High School Male – 1. David Lynch, Lincoln East, 288; 2. Matthew Gruhn, Lincoln Southeast, 286; 3. Eric Severson, Cornerstone Christian, 284; 4. John Ng, Mater Dei, 281; 5. Jaden Merkel, North Star, 280

Middle School Female – 1. Addison Treat, Lincoln Pound, 278; 2. Corinne Taylor, Lincoln Irving, 277; 3. Krya Jewett, Lincoln Irving, 277; 4. Grayce Beck, Lawrence-Nelson, 276; 5. Veronica Ng, Mater Dei, 271

Middle School Male – 1. Harrison Harvey, Lincoln Scott, 281; 2. Alex Cabela, Lincoln Pound, 276; 3. Nathan Socha, Lincoln St. John, 274; 4. Jadyn Riley, Lincoln Pound, 271; 5. Lawson Lashley, Lincoln Pound, 270

Elementary Female – 1. Myesha Larson, Oakland-Craig, 242; 2. Bethany Marvin, Omaha Holling Heights, 237; 3. Evelynn Heisler, Holling Heights, 236; 4. Claire Kuck, Mater Dei, 231; 5. Maddy Monson, Holling Heights, 229

Elementary Male – 1. Grayhm Beck, Lawrence-Nelson, 253; 2.Nathan Pofahl, Lawrence-Nelson, 251; 3. Cooper Ehlers, Superior, 248; 4. Grant Torson, Lincoln Blessed Sacrament, 245; 5. Colin Meysenburg, Blessed Sacrament, 240

Team

High School – 1. Mater Dei, 3,294; 2. East, 3,265; 3. North Star, 3,163; Middle School – 1. Pound, 3,157; 2. Irving, 3,154; 3. St. John, 2,955; Elementary – 1. Blessed Sacrament, 2,609; 2. Lawrence-Nelson, 2,440; 3. Holling Heights, 2,376

Nebraska Bowhunters Association Sportsmanship Trophy – Lawrence-Nelson

Nebraska Endowment Scholarship – Females: Kristi Shedenhelm, Mater Dei, $2,000; Corinne Taylor, Irving, $1,000; Collene Cerise, Mater Dei, $500; Males: Matthew Gruhn, Southeast, $2,000; David Lynch, East, $1,000; Eric Severson, Cornerstone Christian, $500

SACO Duels – 1. Lincoln High; 2. Mater Dei

Academic All-State Team – Pound: Addison Treat, Alex Cabela, Lawson Lashley, Jadyn Riley; Lincoln East: Alex Falkinburg, Alyssa Schwinck, David Lynch, Gracen Jones, Liberty Sears; Lawrence-Nelson: Annie McCartney, Grayce Beck; Milford: Bowen Dick-Burkey; Burwell: Bode Jensen, Tate Phillipps, Joel Ostrom; Omaha Gross: Mary Steil; Irving: Corinne Taylor, Krya Jewett; Cornerstone Christian: Eric Severson, Katheryn Rice; Scott: Harrison Harvey; North Star: Jaden Merkel, Shauna Moran; Southeast: Matthew Gruhn, Paige Trevarrow; Lincoln High: Owen Chaffin

Trout to be stocked in three more Panhandle lakes March 27

LINCOLN, Neb. – Three more Panhandle lakes will be stocked with rainbow trout March 27, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 10-inch trout in the following Scotts Bluff County lakes: Terry’s Pit, Terrytown, 1,500; Morrill north sandpit, 1,350; and Morrill middle sandpit, 450.

Scheduled trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, which impacted roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports for more information.

Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey event is March 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – Unravel the mystery, excitement and challenge of spring turkey hunting by attending a free workshop March 28 at Platte River State Park near Louisville.

The Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey workshop will run from 6-8:30 p.m. at Scott Lodge.

Topics will include basics, biology, scouting, equipment, strategies and more. This event is designed for those with limited experience and is ideal for those wanting to expand into this pursuit. A park entry permit is required.

Register at outdoornebraska.gov/workshops. Contact Christy Christiansen at 402-471-5547 or christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov for more information.

Experience Platte River State Park event is April 27

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women are invited to spend a fun, relaxing day at Platte River State Park on April 27 as part of a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., participants age 18 and older in the Experience Platte River State Park event will spend time at the range shooting rifles, shotguns and bows, hike the park’s trails and explore Crawdad Creek.

Register at outdoornebraska.gov/bow. Registration and a $30 fee are due April 22. A park entry permit is required.

More rainbow trout stockings scheduled for March 30

LINCOLN, Neb. – Seven more lakes and ponds are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout March 30, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 10-inch trout in the following locations, with quantities and approximate times (give or take 30 minutes): Oxford City Lake, 150, 11 a.m.; Plum Creek Park Pond, Lexington, 750, noon; and Lake Helen, Gothenburg, 2,000, 12:45 p.m.

The Calamus State Fish Hatchery stocking schedule, with deliveries from separate trucks, is: Neligh Park Pond, West Point, 900, 11:30 a.m.; and Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 4,000, 11:30 a.m.

The Grove Trout Rearing Station, which has not been operational since recent flooding, will deliver trout from Calamus as follows: TaHaZouka Park Lake, Norfolk, 1,500, 10 a.m.; and Pawnee Park West Lake, Columbus, 1,500, 11:15 a.m.

Scheduled trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, which impacted roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports for more information.

April 5 clinic to help women select the perfect shotgun

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women interested in learning how to pick the perfect shotgun for their next hunting and shooting sports endeavor are invited to attend the Women’s Shotgun Selection Clinic April 5.

Experts from Scheels will teach participants what to look for when buying a shotgun, and how to select a shotgun that is a good fit for them.

The clinic will be held at the Scheels store in Lincoln, located at 3030 Pine Lake Road, and takes place from 6-8 p.m. Registration costs $10. At the end of the workshop all attendees will receive a $10 Scheels gift card.

Space is limited. For more information, visit Facebook.com/BOWNebraska/events. Register online at Nwtf.org/events.


Swanson Reservoir has 5 mph/no wake restriction until further notice

LINCOLN, Neb. – Swanson Reservoir in Hitchcock County is under a 5 mph/no wake boating restriction until further notice because of the presence of a mat of floating debris on the lake surface.

Staff are assessing removal of the debris and a public notice will be sent when the boating restriction is removed.

Boating and fishing still are allowed on the lake.

Producers in southwest Nebraska eligible for cover crop initiative

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ag producers in Frontier, Furnas, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, and Red Willow counties are eligible to receive $61.20 per acre assistance for planting multispecies cover crops.

Cover crops can be planted in the spring for a full growing season or after wheat or other summer-harvested crop, and grazing is allowed.

“Cover crops can be established on whole fields, partial fields, or as field borders,” said Eric Zach, ag program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Cover crops planted as a field border can help with weed suppression and provide high quality forage when gleaning stocks.”

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s Cropland Cover Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to ag producers who adopt multispecies cover-crop mixtures for improving soil health and wildlife habitat. Cost share is available for cover crop seed and planting.

“Cover crops provide a supplemental forage source, suppress weeds, improve moisture infiltration, boost soil organic matter, and provide habitat for wildlife,” Zach said.

The application deadline is May 3.

This Cropland Cover Initiative is a partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Game and Parks, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Interested producers can find more information at ne.nrcs.usda.gov or contact their local office to apply.

Access to Blue Lake closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is temporarily closing access to Blue Lake in the Sandhills of Garden County while the ground thaws.

Commission fisheries staff decided this week to close the 2.7-mile two-track trail through private property because of poor road conditions brought on by a wet spring. A lease agreement between the Commission and a private landowner provides access to the remote lake.

The Commission will reopen the road when conditions improve.

Several sandhill lakes in the Garden County region are experiencing higher than normal water this year. The Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge has also closed access to the Island Lake Loop Trail, and two of the three access points to Island Lake due to flooding along the trail. County Road 108, which provides access to the west side of the refuge, also has been closed due to high water and mud.

The best access route to the Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Crescent Lake Wildlife Management Area until conditions improve is from Highway 26, north through Oshkosh.


April outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in April. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.

April 2 – Landowner big game public meeting, Senior Center, Wauneta

April 3 – Landowner big game public meeting, Red Willow County Fairgrounds 4-H building, McCook

April 4 – Landowner big game public meeting, Fire Hall, Oxford

April 5 – Light Goose Conservation Order closes in Rainwater Basin and West zones

April 6 – Spring youth shotgun turkey season opens

April 6-7 – Platte River Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland

April 7 – Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, indoor ranges closed to the public, Lincoln

April 7 – Handgun Demo, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

April 9 – Turkey Calling Clinic, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

April 13 – Spring shotgun turkey season opens

April 13 – Spring Tea, Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Nebraska City

April 13 – First Shots pistol seminar, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

April 13 – Earth Day, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering

April 14 – Youth Fishing Instructor Certification Class, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

April 15 – Light Goose Conservation Order closes in East Zone

April 15 – Application period begins for bighorn sheep lottery permit

April 20 – Salamander Citizen Science Workshop, Indian Cave State Park, Shubert

April 20 – Spring Eggstravaganza, Ponca State Park, Ponca

April 20-21 – Easter Weekend Celebration, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City

April 21 – Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop, Concordia University, Seward

April 24 – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting, Ponca State Park, Ponca

April 25 – Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop, Concordia University, Seward

April 26 – Arbor Day, Game and Parks offices closed

April 26 – Arbor Day, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City

April 27 – Outdoor Adventure, Indian Cave State Park, Shubert

April 27 – Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex opens for 2019 season, Platte River State Park, Louisville

April 27-28 – Arbor Day Weekend, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City

April 27-28 – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman: Experience Platte River State Park, Louisville

April 28 – Bacon and Beer Feed, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun

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