Outdoor notes: Sutherland team wins high school bass tournament; August outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Sutherland team of brothers Hunter and Jaron Cooper won the Bass Federation – Student Angler Federation Nebraska High School Bass Tournament Championship at Lewis and Clark Lake’s Weigand Marina on July 21.

The team, coached by Kent Priel, caught five fish weighing a total of 12 pounds, 4 ounces.

A Star City Anglers team from Wahoo took second place. Colton Kelle of Beatrice and McKael Gollin of Firth caught five fish weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces.

Taking third place with five fish weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces was the Lincoln County Bass Bosses team of brothers Zane and Chase Leibhart from North Platte.

Hunter Cooper also caught the tournament’s biggest fish, a 3-pound, 5-ounce bass.

Eighteen teams participated in the tournament.

Game and Parks Omaha office closed until further notice after fire

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha service center will be closed until further notice.

The office, located at 8495 Frederick St., was damaged when the Popcorn Shop, located in the same shopping center, caught fire early Monday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Game and Parks staff were evaluating the extent of the damage to the Omaha office Monday morning. It is unclear how long the office will remain closed.

In the meantime, Omaha-area customers can buy permits at the Aksarben Aquarium, 21502 W. Hwy 31, Gretna; on the Game and Parks website at OutdoorNebraska.org; or at any Game and Parks office location. A complete list of offices is online at OutdoorNebraska.org/locations.

August outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.

July 31-Aug. 2 – Learn to Hunt Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Aug. 1 – Squirrel hunting season opens

Aug. 1 – Registration begins for Harvest Information Program

Aug. 1 – Family Fishing Event, Mormon Island State Recreation Area (SRA), Grand Island; Recharge Lake, York

Aug. 1, 8, 15 – Introduction to Shooting, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville

Aug. 1, 15, 22, 29 – Wednesday Walkers, Fremont SRA, Fremont

Aug. 2. – Family Fishing Event, Windmill SRA, Gibbon; Holmes Lake, Lincoln; Skyview Lake, Norfolk

Aug. 3 – Final day for bighorn sheep lottery permit applications

Aug. 3 – Family Fishing Event, Iron Horse Lake, North Platte

Aug. 3-5 – Becoming an Outdoors-Family Camp, Ponca SP, Ponca

Aug. 4 – Family Fishing Event, Medicine Creek Reservoir, Cambridge

Aug. 4 – Kids’ Fishing Clinic, Calamus SRA, Burwell

Aug. 4 – Youth Shoreline Fishing Tournament, Louisville SRA, Louisville

Aug. 4 – Going Batty, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

Aug. 4 – National Park Service Mobile Ranger Station, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

Aug. 4-5 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun

Aug. 5 – Waterfowl Hunting/Cold Water Hypothermia Safety Class, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

Aug. 5-10 – Nebraska Star Party, Merritt Reservoir SRA, Valentine

Aug. 8 – Red Willow Family Fun Night, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

Aug. 10 – Family Fishing Event, Fort Kearny SRA Lake 6, Kearney

Aug. 10-12 – Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Powwow, Niobrara SP, Niobrara

Aug. 11 – Youth Shoreline Fishing Tournament, Memphis SRA, Memphis

Aug. 12 – Republican Valley Archery 3-D Shoot, Red Willow Reservoir SRA, McCook

Aug. 12 – Family Fishing Event, Terry’s Pit, Terrytown

Aug. 13 – 2018 fall turkey permits available beginning at 1 p.m. Central Time

Aug. 15 – Private land antlerless elk hunting season opens

Aug. 15 – Bullfrog season opens

Aug. 16 – Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, Valentine

Aug. 16 – Drawing for bighorn sheep lottery permit

Aug. 17 – Stargazing, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland

Aug. 18 – Director’s Cup Archery Tournament, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Aug. 20 – Antelope archery hunting season opens

Aug. 24-Sept. 3 – Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island

Aug. 25 – Arrow Building and Broadhead Seminar, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Aug. 28 – Learn to Hunt Doves workshop, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Aug. 30 – Learn to Hunt bowhunting workshop, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland