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.

Wild Game with Hank Shaw Author of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook @ 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.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-presentation book signing.

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

2018-77436 Youth Hunter Education ChallengeSpecial 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

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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.