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Aaron "hershy" Hershberger is an Outdoor Education Specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He loves being outdoors. When not outdoors he is day-dreaming about being outdoors and/or whining that he is not outdoors. Hershy has been a Hunter Education Instructor, in two states, for nearly two decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for 15 years.

Youth Waterfowl Weekends

Not Just for the Boys

This may be the weekend to introduce your next duck hunting buddy to the sport.  Nebraska’s Youth Waterfowl Days take place Sept 26 & 27 (in duck zones 2 & 4), Oct 3 & 4 (in zone 1) and Oct 17 & 18 (in zone 3).  These extra days are an incentive for young hunters (15 years old and under) to get a head-start on the regular season when they are accompanied by their adult buddy (19 years or older). ... Read More »

Summer Camp Special

Discount on Summer Fun (NE 4-H photo)

Just received this note from Lindsay Shearer, Nebraska 4-H Camp Operations Coordinator, about a special offer on the 4-H Outdoor Skills summer camps listed here.  I recently wrote about these camps, and others, on the blog The Power of Summer Camp.      hershy “We still have several spots available in the Outdoor Skills Sessions that are hosted in partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, at all 3 of our locations (State 4-H Camp, Destination Camps and Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center). ... Read More »

Hot Pink the New Hunter Orange?

A new color for deer hunting? (altered photo)

As you may have heard, Wisconsin lawmakers are currently looking into expanding their blaze orange requirements for deer hunters to allow hot-pink to be worn as well.  The Wisconsin’s Sportsmen’s Caucus – a bipartisan group of lawmakers – hopes the introduced legislation could encourage an even greater breakdown of the gender-divide often seen in hunting, while maintaining the safety aspect of the blaze orange rules.  Females make up about 10% of the deer hunters in Wisconsin, but represent the fastest ... Read More »

The Power of Summer Camp

A Summer Camp Staple - Archery

School is out for many young Nebraskans which means parents are busy trying to figure out what to do with them this summer.  If you want your youngster to have an adventure, then summer camp is your answer.  If you want your child to build leadership skills and self-esteem, then summer camp is your answer.  If you want your kids unplugged from the digital world for a bit, then summer camp is your answer. According to the American Camp Association ... Read More »

Turkeys Are Still Talking

These two literally pounded the jake decoy

With just two weekends left in the 2015 Nebraska Spring Turkey Hunting Season, we may be in the ninth inning, but there is still time to score on a gobbler.  In fact, some hunters will find the best hunts of the season in the final days this year. During the peak of breeding, gobblers often have all the hen-attention they want. We are now past this point and the boys are working harder to find willing hens.   Some are more ... Read More »

Hanging with the Ladies


It was text book spring turkey the morning my son and I guarded the woodland edge in southern Nebraska.  The first bird sounded off from the roost as the dark of night just started giving way that cloudy early morning.  From the sounds of it the turkey was not far off, either. We clucked back a soft reply and were quickly cutoff by the bird.  A little while later we tried some yelps and received another excited response.  Every call ... Read More »

Youth Day at the Range – Seward County Ikes

Burning Powder - Breaking Rock

If burning some powder, breaking some rock and flinging an arrow or two sounds like fun – and you are between the ages of 11-16 and graduated from Hunter Education – then you will want to check out the Day at the Range hosted this Saturday by the Seward County Izaak Walton League.  This FREE event, which starts at 9:00 a.m., takes place just south of Seward, NE and features shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader and archery ranges with instruction from certified ... Read More »

Arbor Day Hunts

Arbor Day Celebrations

Weather permitting I will be celebrating Arbor Day my traditional way by dressing up like a tree, making sexy, fowl noises and hoping to seduce the bird that takes center stage in the Nebraska woodlands each spring – the wild gobbler. To appropriately do so I will rise well before daylight, dream about a hearty breakfast while munching on stale granola bars and drinking bad coffee on the morning commute to the river bottom.  Once parked at the field entrance ... Read More »

Pretty Fake

Old Meets New

When I started chasing gobblers in the spring very few people used them. Now many feel naked if they walk into the field without a turkey decoy or three. I hunted several years before getting my first fake which was made of foam and looked more looney tunes than lonely hen.  But I put her to use with some great results. In the (over) two decades that have passed since then turkey decoys have changed – a lot.  As manufacturing ... Read More »

#NebraskaTurkey on Twitter – April 10

April 10 - #NebraskaTurkey @NEGameandParks

There are few things as exhilarating as dueling with the king-of-spring – the wild turkey.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is here to help as educators and biologists answer your spring turkey hunting questions and provide strategy-insight with a live Twitter chat on Friday, April 10.  Follow along on Twitter from noon to 1 p.m. (CDT).  Tweet questions to @NEGameandParks using #NebraskaTurkey. If you are unable to participate during that time, tweet your question before the fun begins. Whether ... Read More »