NEBRASKAland December 2018

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAAG PHOTO BY JULIE GEISER Muzzleloader Deer Season Dec. 1-31 Statewide Enjoy less competition and more time in the fi eld during muzzleloader deer season, which lasts all month. In addition to these benefi ts, muzzleloader hunting also offers a unique challenge. "It takes more patience, skill and a steadier hand than rifl e hunting, and requires a more close-up encounter with the intended game," writes Wendy Horine. If you've never hunted with a muzzleloader, give it a try this year. PHOTO BY JENNY NGUYEN-WHEATLEY 7 th Annual Winterfest Dec. 29 Ponca State Park A truly unique outdoor winter tradition, Ponca State Park's annual Winterfest includes a fruitcake fl ing and a yule log quest, as well as seasonal crafts and lighted hayrack rides. Come on out to enjoy the beauty of the winter season after the Christmas rush has passed. DECEMBER 2018 • NEBRASKAland 27 Ice Fishing As ice conditions allow Statewide If conditions are right, anglers will be out enjoying a favorite winter tradition: ice fi shing. People of all ages can enjoy this activity, and it can be surprisingly addicting for a newcomer. As always, safety is important. A quick recap: Make sure to fi sh with others, wear a life jacket, tell a friend or family member where you'll be fi shing, and avoid alcohol. In case you should fall through, have a long rope with you so someone can rescue you, and wear a commercial or homemade ice pick around your neck to pull yourself to safety. Also, remember to check ice conditions while working your way out to your fi shing spot. You'll need a minimum of four inches of clear, solid ice to support one person.

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