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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!

Go Catfishin’ on the WOWT 6 Outdoor Report

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Who doesn’t love to go fishing for catfish this time of year in Nebraska waters? I sure do, especially the flatheads! So, I’ll be prodding you to step outside and fish for post-spawn, hungry channel, blue or flathead catfish during the cooler parts of the day and offer some universal tips to help improve your catfishing success on my weekly TV/web-based outdoor report Thursday evening! The Weekly Outdoor Report I do airs on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE Thursday evening ... Read More »

#CarpWeek is Coming!

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You’ve undoubtedly heard of or seen the promos (promotional announcements) for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week #SharkWeek coming up from Aug. 11-15. Well, here in Nebraska, we kind of have a shark week of our own, but it’ll be more fun! We plan on having Carp Week #CarpWeek at the same time on our Facebook page and elsewhere through our Game and Parks online avenues. Look for blogs, videos, fishing tips, cooking tips, bait recipes, interesting carp photographs and much, much more that will be useful to you, ... Read More »

Wild about Wildflowers on the Wagner Farm

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Who doesn’t enjoy seeing native wildflowers in good habitat on a farm, huh? I know I do! I am so wild about wildflowers (forbs) that I have planted a number of applicable varieties on our 148 year-old southeastern Nebraska farm in our Conservation Reserve Program acres. I am proud of the pollinator habitat we have established. Here it is at work! According to the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), pollinators play a crucial role in the reproduction of many plants, including many of ... Read More »

New Digs at 84th and Frederick

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If you have not heard, your Nebraska Game and Parks’ Omaha office has a new home! The office has moved to 8495 Frederick St., located about a quarter of a mile north of Interstate 80 at the 84th Street Exit in the Frederick Square Plaza. We are excited to be here in this new, bright, easily accessible space which is centrally located in the Omaha-metro area for you! The new office also sits not far off of one of Nebraska’s most popular recreati0nal trails ... Read More »

Nature’s Market

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Who needs a farmer’s market, when you have nature’s market. That’s what I say! As an example, we are nearing the time when many Nebraska wild, native fruits and berries are ready to be picked, eaten in the field, or made into jams, jellies, pies, cobblers, syrups and wines. The fruits/berries of crab apple, chokecherry, ground cherry, sand cherry, gooseberry, blackberry, elderberry, buffalo berry, currant, wild grape and plum all should now be checked and monitored in your region for ripeness. Of course, mulberries are available. ... Read More »

Photos of, Record Crowd at Lake Halleck’s Family Fishing Night

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We had record-breaking attendance (well over 600 people) for tonight’s NE Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Family Fishing Night at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE.  It was a beautiful night and a fun time was had by all! Special thanks to Ross Jernstrom and Omaha’s WOWT 6 News for the advanced publicity on the event! Below are some photos of the night to share with you. Get more information on upcoming family fishing nights by clicking here. Hope to see you and your ... Read More »

Kyle Simpson on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Platte River landowner, conservationist, sportsman, expert waterfowl hunter and good friend Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show which uniquely covers the Nebraska outdoor scene. This is a show you won’t want to miss! Hopefully I’ll get Kyle to share more information about his famous ‘cottonwood (grilled) chicken’ recipe with us! Here is a video presentation on this delicious outdoor cooking entrée. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs each and every Saturday morning  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN ... Read More »

Come Join Us at Family Fishing Night in Papillion

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You and your family are invited to come join us at our annual Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Sports Family Fishing Night at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE this Thursday night, July 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. Find out how fun fishing is!   Lake Halleck is located just a quarter mile to the east of the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets in downtown Papillion. We at Game and Parks will be furnishing the fishing tackle and bait as well as fishing instruction. Family fishing nights provide a wonderful opportunity for you ... Read More »

Ilimitado (Limitless) Pico De Gallo

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C’mon, admit it, don’t you just love good pico de gallo? It’s one of my family’s favorite summer dishes. Healthy, fresh, crisp, with a touch of heat and hints of cilantro, it adds zip to your chips! Pico de gallo goes with so much more than the usual bag of tortilla or corn chips though. You can use it as a sauce for if you’re broiling freshly caught fish or toss it with grilled chicken; spoon it over thinly sliced strips of steak; top off your scrambled eggs with it ... Read More »

Setting the Stage for #NGPCFoodWeek

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I am setting the stage for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s exciting online Food Week #NGPCFoodWeek beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 30th and running through the Friday, July 4th. You’ll want to follow us on Facebook or check our other online and social networking sites at least daily to get a variety of cool recipes to help make your Independence Day get-together or summer outing the most enjoyable ever at the table! In advance of our food week, I thought I’d share some basic information about cooking wholesome, nourishing wild game. A good number of us ... Read More »