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Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest underway

Nebraska Game and Parks Logo With a senery of a river and a sunrise in the background.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept submissions for the 2022 Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest through Jan. 1, 2023.

With miles of winding rivers, wide-open vistas and wildlife from border to border, Nebraska is a photographer’s paradise. Each year, Nebraskaland Magazine celebrates the state’s beauty and recognizes the outstanding work of photographers across Nebraska during this annual photo contest.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to submit photos in four categories:

Wildlife — wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods
Scenic — in which landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent
Recreation — people enjoying the outdoors through hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, skiing or other outdoor activities
Flora — wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies or other parts of plants
All photos must be taken in Nebraska. Submissions will be judged by Nebraskaland staff, and winning photos will be published in the March 2023 issue of Nebraskaland Magazine. First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded in all categories, and a Best in Show prize also will be awarded.

Photos may be submitted only via Instagram. To submit, use the hashtag #Nebraskland2021. Make sure your account is public so judges may view your photo.

Complete contest rules may be found at

PATH offers mentored hunting for youth over holiday breaks

Plenty of mentored hunting opportunities exist over the holidays for youth under age 18 through the Passing Along the Heritage Program.

Lake Wanahoo in Saunders County has seven units totaling 1,067 acres available for mentored youth hunting. Other PATH sites are also available.

PATH provides Nebraska youth and their mentors access to hunt on private lands and selected public lands without other hunter competition. Only youth under age 18 may hunt on these sites. The mentor is there to help the youth and ensure a safe hunting experience.

To locate and reserve a site, and obtain a permission slip, visit A mentor must possess a permission slip at all times of the youth hunt. Mentors may enroll for PATH up to five times annually.

The program is made possible by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and landowners. The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District manages the Lake Wanahoo habitat area in cooperation with Game and Parks and Pheasants Forever.

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