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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!

Flagging

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Anyone who waterfowl hunts knows that motion in a decoy spread is crucial.  Sure, there are a plethora of motion decoys on the market to buy — battery-powered ones, mechanical flappers, windsocks, bags, kites, moving shells, etc. However, there is another kind of motion decoy used in waterfowl hunting by the hunter him or herself — the flag. Who would have thought that attaching a set of fabric wings with fairly stiff wire on a wooden dowel in a T-shaped form ... Read More »

Blind Food

The Monster Bacon Cheese Burger. Made by Jayson Braymen and Tom O'Neill with beef provided by  Brett DeHart.

What is it about eating food in the great outdoors that just makes it taste so good and makes it so memorable, especially in a hunting blind? Is there something about merely being outside in an outdoor setting and eating that’s wired in our DNA? Is it purely psychological because of the semi-enclosed atmosphere and close confines of the blind with good friends?   I don’t know what it is exactly. But, generally, things really do taste better when we eat them outside during an outdoor activity, don’t you think? ... Read More »

Bald Eagle Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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Don’t miss my weekly TV outdoor report this Thursday night when we cover bald eagle viewing in Nebraska and not far from the metro area! Who doesn’t enjoy seeing bald eagles in the wild at places like De Soto Refuge, huh? I certainly do! Learn more about winter bald eagle viewing by tuning in to my outdoor segment which airs on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 LIVE Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. CST sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. Unable to view the live broadcast of the report? Take note that video replays ... Read More »

Hunting with the Right Folks

One of my hunting partners is NE Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo.

We didn’t get a lot of geese, but if there was a limit on laughter we’d be way over the max. — Mark Davis, Outdoor Writer and Photojournalist for the Omaha World-Herald, reflecting on a recent Canada goose hunt.  The camaraderie part of hunting is big. Your companions can make or break a hunt. The choices you make in whom you share a blind with will ultimately determine your level of satisfaction. Trust me, it only takes one jerk to ruin a hunting trip. I’ve ... Read More »

Where to See Wild Geese Up-Close on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report tonight on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 when we take you to a state recreation area near the Omaha-metro to show you where you can go to view and photograph wild Canada geese (and perhaps a few wild ducks). You’ll be able to view them up-close from sunrise to about 9:30 a.m. and then from just after 3 p.m. to sunset in the open water and on the ice at a couple of the sandpit lakes on ... Read More »

Indoor Outdoors Event Season Kicks Off

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Get ready, in the Omaha-Metro area the indoor outdoors-related event season kicks off this weekend! So, I thought it would be the ideal time to prepare a list of upcoming these events for you to have. Look for us – your Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees at these upcoming outdoors-related events around the metro area: - River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat and RV Expo, Jan. 16-18, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA - Outdoorsman/woman Flea Market and ... Read More »

The Great Outdoor Radio Show Goes Ice Fishing

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Don’t miss the conversation about ice fishing on this Saturday morning’s (Jan. 10th) Great Outdoor Radio Show. A lot of folks have been out on the ice already catching fish through the hard water. Omaha Scheels fishing expert Chris Sell will be on hand to answer any of your of questions about the fun winter sport of fishing through the ice LIVE this morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.”  (If you miss us on the LIVE ... Read More »

On the Ice on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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The growing outdoor sport of ice fishing will be featured on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight LIVE during sports on the 6 p.m. CST newscast with Ross Jernstrom. Look, there’s Rossy filming our very own Daryl Bauer wetting a line through the hard water! In fact, I’ll be informing you how you and your family how you can learn all about the cool (no pun intended) winter sport of ice fishing at a special, how-to Discover Ice Fishing Clinic ... Read More »

Hunting is about Watching Wildlife, Like “Whitey”

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I swear that game birds and animals know when hunting seasons close. Sometimes I think they can actually read our Game and Parks hunting publications, don’t you? I’m kidding, just kidding. Such was the case though yesterday when a lone, wayward snow goose lit near our Canada goose hunting spread  in Dodge County, NE. The goose hung out with us all day, eventually ending up in our decoys. It was wildlife watching at its finest as the Nebraska light goose ... Read More »

Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Jan. 3rd, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for 2015. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field.   You’ll find this program to ... Read More »