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Jul
26
Thu
Explore Archery: Thursdays Jun-Jul @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Explore Archery (Archery for Beginners) is a fun and perfect fit for archers of any age/ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery.

If you are new to the sport of archery and looking for an introductory program to sign up for, Explore Archery has what you need to get started! You’ll learn range safety, the fundamentals of archery shooting, and the parts of a bow & arrow, plus play exciting games and earn achievement awards.

Ages 8 and over.

Preregistration required/class size limited.

$40/student/8 week session; equipment included or bring your own

Aug
1
Wed
Introduction to Shooting @ Platte River State Park
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family* to the range this summer and learn to shoot. This class is intended for those new and novice shooters wanting to shoot in a family friendly educational facility. Participants will learn from experienced instructors on how to shoot safely and accurately. Firearms, archery equipment and safety gear will be provided.

Location: Outdoor Heritage Education Complex (OHEC)
at Platte River State Park
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
• August 1 Rifles & Muzzleloaders
• August 8 Archery
• August 15 Shotgun
Fee: $15 per person per session
Age Requirement: 10 years & older
Other Information:

• Limited to the first 15 registrations per event (registration required)
• 2018 Park permit required
• Cancellation prior to one week may be refunded.

Learn more about the event and register

Aug
8
Wed
Introduction to Shooting @ Platte River State Park
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family* to the range this summer and learn to shoot. This class is intended for those new and novice shooters wanting to shoot in a family friendly educational facility. Participants will learn from experienced instructors on how to shoot safely and accurately. Firearms, archery equipment and safety gear will be provided.

Location: Outdoor Heritage Education Complex (OHEC)
at Platte River State Park
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
• August 1 Rifles & Muzzleloaders
• August 8 Archery
• August 15 Shotgun
Fee: $15 per person per session
Age Requirement: 10 years & older
Other Information:

• Limited to the first 15 registrations per event (registration required)
• 2018 Park permit required
• Cancellation prior to one week may be refunded.

Learn more about the event and register

Aug
15
Wed
Introduction to Shooting @ Platte River State Park
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family* to the range this summer and learn to shoot. This class is intended for those new and novice shooters wanting to shoot in a family friendly educational facility. Participants will learn from experienced instructors on how to shoot safely and accurately. Firearms, archery equipment and safety gear will be provided.

Location: Outdoor Heritage Education Complex (OHEC)
at Platte River State Park
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
• August 1 Rifles & Muzzleloaders
• August 8 Archery
• August 15 Shotgun
Fee: $15 per person per session
Age Requirement: 10 years & older
Other Information:

• Limited to the first 15 registrations per event (registration required)
• 2018 Park permit required
• Cancellation prior to one week may be refunded.

Learn more about the event and register

Aug
25
Sat
Arrow Building and Broadhead Seminar by Nebraska Traditional Archers (NTA) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Traditional archery and specifically wood arrows have withstood the test of time. They’re beautiful reminders of the old days of archery and bow hunting. When assembled properly and fit to your bow’s specifics, wood arrows can be impressive performers and it can be very gratifying to make your own. It takes practice, but it’s relatively simple to learn.

In this program we will be discussing the basics of how to get started building wood arrows. We’ll cover general knowledge of basic tools needed, wood shafting, straightening, fletching, tapering, and mounting points and broad-heads. Give it a shot, there’s nothing more satisfying than shooting wood arrows you crafted with your own two hands!

Participants will have the opportunity to construct an arrow. This is a demonstration on “how to.”

Presented by: Vince Smith – President of Nebraska Traditional Archers

$7/participant.

Aug
28
Tue
Learn to Hunt – Dove @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dove hunting offers some of the fastest shooting of the entire fall. This FREE workshop covers opportunities for hunting this sporty bird, hunting strategies, equipment and more. Designed to improve confidence and expand knowledge for those with little to no experience, this workshop is open to anyone interested in becoming more successful at dove hunting.

Please preregister online!

Sep
29
Sat
2018 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational @ Pressey Wildlife Management Area (17 miles south of Broken Bow, NE)
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am

Join us for the 2018 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational, the longest running organized youth shooting event in Nebraska.

This is a free competition, open to all youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed Hunter Education and who have not yet graduated from high school. Proof of Hunter Education completion is required.

All first-time shooters at the event will receive one free box of .22 ammo!

Range will open for practice at 7:30 a.m. Matches will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude mid-afternoon. Competitors will be grouped in various classes according to age, rifle weight, sight type and experience level, competing against others in their own class. Individuals and teams are encouraged to enter. Trophies or medals will be awarded to the winners of each class.

Only equipment authorized by NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Rules will be permitted. Shooters should bring their own rifle and ammunition – Standard or High Velocity .22 short, long or long rifle. No Stingers or Ultra High Velocity ammo allowed.

Bring the whole family! Lunch available on-site.

Registration opens July 1, 2018.

Oct
4
Thu
Wild Game Cooking Presentation @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center as we welcome Hank Shaw for his first-ever event in Nebraska. He will be talking about how to get more out of your wild game – focusing on upland birds. This is a chance to get some tips and pick up some new techniques for prepping and cooking your game and fish, and get a signed cookbook. This event is free to attend, and a portion of the proceeds of every cookbook sold goes to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to support habitat restoration.

Learn more about Hank Shaw at https://honest-food.net/

 

Oct
13
Sat
Youth Hunter Education Challenge @ Platte River State Park
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Special Instructions for All Students

Youth over the age of 11 who have successfully completed hunter education are invited to take part in Nebraska’s state Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, will allow youth to compete for prizes in a simulated hunting experience. The event, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, will help youth build their skills, get real-world hunting experience and learn about hunter safety and responsibility as they compete in six challenges, including 3-D archery, muzzleloading and shotgun. The event will take place at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville.

The challenge’s simulated hunt setup provides the ideal practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s skills. The event is designed to further the skills taught in hunter education and to give young hunters the skills and confidence they need to make hunting a lifelong pursuit.

The challenge is available only to hunter education graduates age 11 or older who have not yet completed high school. Hunters are encouraged to use their own equipment and ammunition, but are not required to. A T-shirt and lunch will be provided for all participants. Prizes provided by the Big Game Conservation Association will be given to winners in each category

For more information about the program visit:’ http://yhec.nra.org

Dec
1
Sat
Archery on Fire @ Platte River State Park Outdoor Heritage Education Complex
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun day outdoors shooting archery with the whole family. This free event will feature archery, crossbows, tomahawk throwing and our new pellet gun shooting gallery. Warm up to the campfire and roast a few marshmallows. Kids crafts and campground games will keep you busy. Food will be available, sponsored by Scheels Sports of Omaha.

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