The 2014 park entrance license is valid from Oct. 1, 2013, through May 17, 2015. An annual park entrance license is $30. Purchasers of one license can also buy a second at half price.
The license is required for entrance into designated state parks, recreation areas and lakeside use areas, although it does not cover camping costs or additional fees.
Entrance licenses can be purchased online at www.campsd.com, at local state park offices or by calling the SD Division of Parks and Recreation at 605-773-3391.
The 2014 annual entrance license features a tent camped at Lake Thompson Recreation Area.
Family Rendezvous And Muzzleloader Sight-In Oct. 13
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Family Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Sight-In will be Oct. 13 at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville.
The shooting range will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for free. Visitors may try out a variety of primitive weapons: hatchets, atlatl, tomahawks, longbows and muzzleloaders. Visitors may sight in their muzzleloaders for $5 per gun.
An addition to the event this year is the Buffalo Run 5K and 1 mile youth run. Adults will complete three outdoor challenges during the run and children will compete one. Registration is limited to 50 adults and 25 children. Pre-registration is required. Visit: https://shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov.
A park entry permit is required.
AppleJack Art Show Set For Sept. 21-22
LINCOLN, Neb. - The AppleJack Art Show is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 22.
The art show is a celebration of art and features artists from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
A park entry permit is required. The art show is one of many events scheduled for the annual AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City.
Neb. G&P Urges Hunters To Use Approved Stand Equipment
LINCOLN, Neb. - Tree stand use by hunters in Nebraska is on the rise. So is the number of injuries from the use of tree stands.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages people who hunt from an elevated stand to use a full body harness/fall-arrest system approved by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA).
Injuries can occur when a hunter falls out of a tree stand or slips while climbing into or out of one. Mike Streeter, hunter education coordinator for Game and Parks, says those injuries can be prevented by using a full body harness/fall-arrest system. He says those systems have improved over the years.
Public outreach on the use of full body harness/fall-arrest systems comes in several forms:
-- Volunteer hunter education instructors are trained in the use of this equipment. They teach tree stand safety in every hunter education course.
-- Signs informing hunters of the proper use of full body harness/fall-arrest systems are being posted at the parking areas of wildlife management areas and at state parks and state recreation areas where hunting is allowed.
-- TMA has a free online course on tree stand safety at http://www.tmastands.com/.