Residents of Elgin and the surrounding area will soon be receiving solicitations in the mail from the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. In the past, the department has held a dance as part of their annual fundraiser. This year, the department will forego the dance so that all funds donated will go directly to the needs of the department.
The abundance of pheasants appears to be high in southwest Nebraska this year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s 2010 Upland Game Hunting Outlook. Combined with public access, this region should offer excellent pheasant hunting opportunities.
The outlook is based on surveys and input from biologists and staff.
According to the outlook, the abundance of pheasants in Nebraska this year is highest in the southwest, followed by the Sandhills, central, northeast, Panhandle, and southeast regions. Overall, the abundance statewide is slightly lower than in 2009.
Severe winter weather in parts of Nebraska and above-average rainfall this spring had an impact in parts of the state.
The forecast for other species:
Quail ˆ Populations were hurt by long periods of deep snow, ice and freezing temperatures, as well as above-average rainfall and localized hail storms during the breeding season. Abundance is highest in the southeast region and lowest in the northeast.
Grouse ˆ Sharp-tailed grouse abundance is lower than in 2009 on four of seven breeding-ground survey routes in the Sandhills, and prairie chickens are lower in abundance on eight of 10 routes in the Sandhills and southeast. The July Rural Mail Carrier Survey shows a modest statewide increase in prairie grouse. Biologists report that the best areas for grouse in the Sandhills will be west of Bassett, where winter conditions were milder.
Cottontail ˆ Abundance is higher statewide compared to 2009. The northeast and southwest are the only regions where abundance is lower. Highest abundances are in the central, southeast and southwest regions, in decreasing order. Field observations support survey results and indicate a good year for cottontail hunting.
The Elgin Veteran’s Club will hold a steak fry on Monday night, August 30.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Elgin KC Hall and is open to all Legion and VFW members, Ladies Auxiliary, former members and potential new members.
According to Gary Hoefer, the program that night will be presentations by Boys Staters Corey Schindler and A.J. Braband and Girls State representative Brieann Grosserode sharing their experiences in Lincoln earlier this summer.
The Elgin Chamber of Commerce/Community Club will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday night, Aug. 30.
The meeting will be held at the Plantation House Bed ‘N Breakfast. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. Persons attending should bring lawn chairs, a covered dish and refreshments.
During the meeting, discussion will be held concerning events coming up during the remainder of 2010.
Make plans now to attend this important meeting.
The next meeting of the (ACDC) Antelope County Does Care Coalition will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1st , 2010 at 5:30 pm at the Clearwater Fire Hall.
A light snack will be provided. Interested adults and youth ages 13-18 from Antelope County who are interested in addressing the issue of underage drinking, are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Camille Ohri with the North Central District Health Department at 1-877-336-2406.