Nebraskaland May 2019

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May 2019 • Nebraskaland 25 Fisheries on Four Legs Each year, state fisheries professionals take to Nebraska's lakes, rivers and streams to survey fish populations. Among the most unusual of the efforts is one in the Pine Ridge. Commission fisheries staff members Al Hanson and Joe Rydell of Alliance in recent years recruited the help of mules and horses owned by Commissioner Rick Brandt and Wyoming backcountry outfitter Casey Carey in accessing the upper reaches of the Soldier Creek Wilderness Area. Because of its Wilderness Area designation, the property allows no mechanized vehicles – not even trucks driven by fisheries biologists, bicycles or game carts. Horses and mules provide efficient transportation, thoug h – and surely work well for those carrying a fishing rod, too.

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