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Sometimes Hunting Becomes Hunting with a Camera

OUTDOOR TIP: Always, and I mean always, take a camera you with you on any outdoor adventure to capture lasting images of the experience. The camera, whether it’s on your iPhone, Smart Phone, or is a small pocket-sized digital camera, or even is a large digital one with a foot-long lens, helps to lock in memories and validate outdoor stories. Here’s my camera, nothing fancy, but it does the job fairly well.


I took my camera with me yesterday afternoon to my buddy Steve’s farm in Saunders County, NE  to do some late season firearm deer hunting for antlerless whitetails. I did not harvest an animal, nor fire a shot, but instead, shot some great images of nature and the landscape. I had such a fulfilling feeling leaving that farm! Sometimes hunting becomes hunting with a camera! Here are the images taken yesterday to share with you. Get outside, but take your camera!












About Greg Wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!


  1. Nice photos. I agree we all need to document our activities as much as possible. Just think how entertaining those old family photos are to us. Unless we take the photos, our desendents won’t have anything to enjoy. Another legacy we could pass along: Hunting from the ground. Get out of the shed, hone your skills and pass along true woodsmanship to your family. You’ll then be able to say you went “hunting”.

    • Hi Don,

      Many thanks for reading my blog post and providing comments!

      You are so right about documenting history (or the hunt) with photographs, great point! However, hunting game or shooting photos from a blind, whether it is fixed or portable, is a legal, accepted way to hunt a variety of wild game species (deer, pronghorn, turkey, waterfowl, etc.). Hunting game from a blind has been done for centuries and also offers a safe, ethical, more comfortable, camaraderie-filled, less-intrusive way to see, experience and capture the essence of being outdoors from a vantage point. Hunting from a blind causes you to really focus on nature and the scenario around you! It presents unique challenges. Trust me, I spend a ton of time in the woods and enjoy being a “still hunter” for squirrels as well! I think you’ll agree, Don, that the key to being a good hunter is to hunt game in a wide array of ways.

      I appreciate you taking the time to give us your comments! I wish you all the best in Nebraska’s great outdoors!

      “Wags” — Greg Wagner

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