Geiser: Fun Fishing Nights for All Ages | outdoor sports

By Julie Geiser, outdoor columnist

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a community fishing event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Birdwood Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Community Fishing Nights is a Nebraska games and parks program designed to help make fishing adventures possible and rewarding. Events are free with loaner fishing gear and bait available.

Game and Parks staff and local volunteers will be on hand to help people of all ages learn the basics of this fun and relaxing activity. Everyone is invited regardless of age or skill level.

Bring your family and friends outdoors and enjoy an evening of fishing. Those 16 and over wanting to fish will need a valid fishing license.

Look for the colorful fishing trailer by the lake. Birdwood is called Fire Lake by some and is the first Interstate 80 lake west of North Platte. To get to the lake, take Walker Road west and then north on Homestead Road.

Fishing is essential to the conservation of Nebraska’s natural resources because the money generated from the sale of fishing licenses and aquatic habitat stamps is used to maintain healthy fishing, improve water quality and improve the environment. access for fishermen.

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Fishing also improves mental health, brings families and friends together, and creates more inspired workers. Economically, the fishery also provides a huge boost, contributing millions of dollars to the state’s economy each year and creating millions of dollars in retail sales.

Fishing can provide many memories for friends and families and continue the long tradition of outdoor fun for many. Get outside this month and enjoy all the benefits the outdoors has to offer. We are so lucky to have such a state that is rich in outdoor activities, places to go, and people to enjoy them with.

Big Game Draw Entry Period

The application period for general elk, antelope and deer draw units begins on Monday and ends on June 24. Applicants can apply for an elk, deer and antelope permit or point of preference.

The application period begins at 1 p.m. CT Monday. One application is allowed per person and per species.

Nominations can be found at, using the paper nomination form in the “2022 Big Game Guide,” which is available at any Game and Parks office.

The results of the draw will be available on July 1. Applicants who do not provide valid email addresses when applying will be responsible for monitoring their online status at Those who submit a valid email address will be notified by email whether or not they were successful in the draw. Successful applicants will have until July 15 to finalize the purchase of their awarded permits. Permits granted but not paid for will result in loss of preference points and loss of permit. All Lost Draw Permits will be available during these appropriate purchase periods:

July 11: Residents, non-residents, and eligible landowners can purchase any unlimited quota of deer and antelope permits.

» July 12: Residents can purchase any limited deer permits.

» July 13: Residents can purchase any limited antelope license.

July 25: Non-residents may purchase any limited deer license.

» July 26: Non-residents can purchase any limited antelope license

» August 1: Residents and non-residents can purchase all remaining limited hunting licenses

August 2: Residents, non-residents, and eligible landowners can purchase all remaining Limited Antelope Permits.

Tick ​​removal

People venturing outdoors should be aware of ticks and do a full body exam when you return to your tent, cabin, or home. If a tick is not found and removed before it attaches to the skin, a tick will pierce the skin of its host to begin drawing blood.

To remove it, use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool to grasp the tick by its head or mouth, which will be next to the skin, and then gently pull the tick outward. Do not grab the tick by the body, burn it, or use alcohol, nail polish, or other objects to try to remove the tick. this will cause the tick to secrete fluids into its host, increasing the risk of spreading a tick-borne disease.

Remove ticks as soon as possible – ticks removed in 24 hours or less reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness.

After the tick is removed, wash your hands, disinfect the tweezers and the bite site. It’s a good idea to make your own tick removal kit that includes fine-tipped tweezers and antiseptic.

Although the disease is rare, any disease usually begins with a rash 3 to 30 days after the bite. The rash appears as an expanding solid red rash or patch or central patch surrounded by clear skin which is surrounded by a red rash that looks like a bulls eye followed by fatigue, aches and headaches.

Use a tick repellent containing 20% ​​DEET. Children should have an adult apply any repellent to keep it out of reach of eyes, mouth and hands. Repellents can protect you from ticks and they work well. wash off the repellents when you come indoors for the day.

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