Nebraska Outdoors Expo May 11th and 12th

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Visitors at Nebraska Outdoors: Expo 2007, May 11-12 in Kearney, will have the opportunity to discover the state's natural wonders, sample a variety of outdoor recreational experiences, and attend a variety of free seminars and demonstrations on outdoor topics.

Speakers presenting seminars and demonstrations at the event center stage, seminar topics and times are:

Rick Windham, an outdoor educator, 4 p.m. Friday seminar on ice-fishing basics; and seminars on muzzleloading at 10 a.m. and outdoor and nature photography at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Drew Larson, a Pheasants Forever wildlife biologist, seminars on all aspects of pheasants, at 5 p.m. Friday, and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Randy Anderson, predator caller and call designer, calling demonstration and seminars at 6 p.m. Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Randy Oitker, professional bowhunter and exhibition shooter, will demonstrate precision archery skills at 7 p.m. Friday, and at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday at the outdoor archery range west of the event center.

Former Nebraska Congressman and Cornhusker football coach Tom Osborne will conduct a fly-fishing clinic for school groups on Friday, and Terry Lane, who portrays "Buffalo Bill" Cody, will walk the Expo grounds and visit with the participants on both days.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting the free event and presenting partner Cabela's Inc. and numerous other Nebraska businesses and organizations are serving as sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers.

The Commission will conduct 40 separate activities at the Expo. The emphasis will be on interactive, hands-on demonstrations and instruction. Activities, such as shooting shotguns at clay targets, fishing for bass and bluegill on Kea Lake, archery target shooting and bow hunting, training and care of hunting dogs, building a duck blind, setting up decoys, discussing game and fish regulations with Commission conservation officers, learning law enforcement techniques and equipment, canoeing instruction, visiting campsites, discussing wildlife and fisheries issues and management techniques, learning about Nebraska raptors and snakes, and living history lessons, will be aimed primarily at families and youth.

Youngsters 12 years and younger will have the opportunity to catch live trout at a portable fish tank provided by Blue Water Productions of Del Norte, Colo., in the event convention area. The Commission will stock nearly 500 rainbow trout for the catch and release fishing. Fishing equipment and bait will also be provided by Blue Water Productions.

On Friday, May 11, Commission personnel will work exclusively with school groups in outdoor classroom sessions from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More than 1,500 students in grades four through six are registered. General public sessions are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 11 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 12.

Pheasants Forever's Ringnecks youth program will welcome approximately 1,500 new members on Friday, as pre-registered elementary students will be given free memberships. The memberships will be underwritten by the Nebraska Pheasants Forever State Council.

The Expo site is the FirsTier Event Center, just south of Interstate 80 Kearney interchange, and the surrounding grounds, which includes Kea Lake Wildlife Management Area. May 11-12.

To learn more about Outdoor Nebraska: Expo 2007 go to www.NebraskaOutdoorsExpo.com.