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2013…Wow What A Year!

I know there is a lot more season to go still in the hunting woods but I had to  spend a few minutes the other day reflecting on 2013 and all the memories made.  From outdoor workshops to hunts with family and friends, 2013 was just plain awesome!  I thought I would just share some of my 2013 memories with you.

I started the spring with outdoor expos and turkey hunting and ended 2013 in the goose blind.  Everything in between was just plain awesome!  Here is to good friends, family, the pride of hard work and the memories afield that will last a lifetime!

Jeff

Bass fishing with my father-in-law

Bass fishing with my father-in-law

Youth shooting program at Platte River State Park

Youth shooting program at Platte River State Park

Teaching archery to a gaggle of gals at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program

Teaching archery to a gaggle of gals at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program

Yep our Commissioners are die hard hunters just like you and me!

Yep our Commissioners are die hard hunters just like you and me! I enjoyed a morning in Commissioner Berggren’s blind near Kearney, NE. The nicest blind I have ever seen!

My homemade "dove tree" working its magic during the dove season

My homemade “dove tree” working its magic during the dove season

Archery deer season in southeast Nebraska....one week before firearm season this guy came to the rattle.

Archery deer season in southeast Nebraska….one week before firearm season this guy came to the rattle.

 

Duck hunting with good friend and Commissioner Dr. Mark Pinkerton

Duck hunting with good friend and Commissioner Dr. Mark Pinkerton

Nature was awesome to me this year!

Nature was awesome to me this year!

A youth field day at the Lincoln Izaak Walton League

A youth Outdoor Skills Camp

Teaching kids the fun of game calling at one of our Expos

Teaching kids the fun of game calling at one of our Expos

The new indoor education complex will be complete this spring!

The new indoor education complex will be complete this spring! View of the indoor firearm range…

About Jeff Rawlinson

Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

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