National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort on public lands, celebrates 20 years in 2013.
National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day at DeSoto and other federal lands around the country, and volunteers are needed. At DeSoto, volunteers will meet at the visitor center parking lot Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Groups will work from 9 a.m. to noon on projects such as transplanting prairie cord grass, collecting prairie seed, trail maintenance and general refuge cleanup.
Registration is requested, however, equipment will also be available. For more information or to register, call the DeSoto Visitor Center at 712-388-4800.
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Hunters Helping the Hungry is accepting deer during archery season. Deer can be taken to a participating processor and the processing fee may be paid by the program. The ground venison is distributed by local charities. Details can be found at OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH. ... The Family Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Sight-In is Oct. 13 at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville.
The shooting range will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free. Visitors may try a variety of primitive weapons: hatchets, atlatl, tomahawks, longbows and muzzleloaders. An addition to the event this year is the Buffalo Run 5K and 1-mile youth run. Pre-registration is required at https://shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov or 402-234-2217.
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» Becoming an Outdoors Family Adventure Camp, Camp Kateri, McCool Junction, 402-471-5547
» Chain Challenge Disco Golf Tournament, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523
» Living history, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 402-873-7222
» Omaha Hiking Club event, Platte River State Park, 9:30 a.m.
Submit calendar items or trophy pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or Outdoors Sports, World-Herald Sports Dept., 1314 Douglas St., Suite 700, Omaha, NE 68102. A daytime or cellphone number must be included.