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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!

Stop, don’t squish that spider!


Halloween draws attention to them! Movies like Arachnophobia also draw attention to them. Looking back in history, they have been revered in hundreds of myths, stories, folk tales and art pieces all over the world. The mere thought of them can make the hair stand up on the back of your neck! And, walking into one of their webs this time of year makes a person absolutely freak out! Eeeeeekkkk! Spiders, they are creepy. They are members of the Phylum Arthropoda, the Class Arachnida and the Order ... Read More »

Firearms, Shooting Sports on Radio

Learning rifle shooting skills is truly a blast!

The resident gunsmith/firearms expert of my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show, Doug Bickal (A U.S. military veteran who works with the Kimball County, NE Sheriff’s Department), will be stopping by to answer your firearms-related questions as well as offer an array of tips to help you thoroughly enjoy the shooting sports and get your sporting arms ready to go for the various Nebraska hunting seasons. On the show I’ll also have some Nebraska outdoor news, play two rounds of Great Outdoor Trivia for some nice prize packs ... Read More »

Arbor Lodge, Apples on WOWT 6 Outdoors


In conjunction with the apple harvest in the Nebraska City, NE area, I’ll be encouraging you and your family to visit beautiful Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City on this week’s WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. Have you ever been there and toured the mansion and the grounds? Gorgeous place! There’s a bountiful crop of apples this year at Arbor Day Farm and the other orchards in the area, too! Thanks to the efforts of our partner, the ... Read More »

Sausage King, Wild Game Processor on Radio Show


Don’t miss “Omaha’s Sausage King” and longtime butcher, Ken Stoysich of Stoysich House of Sausage, when he returns to my Great Outdoor Radio Show Saturday morning to answer your questions about wild game/fish processing, smoking and cooking. Ken will also touch on the Hunters Helping the Hungry program and offer some great hints on grilling meats at your football tailgate parties.  Here’s Ken hard at work making  sausage! The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. ... Read More »

Turkey Hunt on WOWT 6 Outdoors!


On my Weekly WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report, while you’re watching some neat video of wild turkeys, I’ll be verbalizing why you – the hunter of any game species – should consider buying a turkey permit this fall in Nebraska and then taking to the field after a couple of birds. One of the main reasons for going turkey hunting in the fall is that it presents a wonderful opportunity to take a youth outside. He or she would really enjoy a 2015 ... Read More »

Plant the Plot, Abandon the Bait!

Grain sorghum wildlife food/cover plot next to grassland.

As a longtime hunter, landowner and natural resources professional, I still just don’t get why some hunters feel the need to bait areas with artificially made materials/substances to bring game animals in to a particular area to be harvested within the confines of our laws/regulations (for info on Nebraska’s new baiting laws/regulations with reference to hunting, click here.) Why? Is it because it involves minimal effort and is cheap? Is it because you saw the flashy advertisement for the product ... Read More »

Matt Manhart on Great Outdoor Show

Photo Courtesy of Omaha Police.

If you’re a hunter, an angler or an outdoor enthusiast of any kind, don’t miss Scheels outdoor expert and Omaha Police Bomb Squad Sgt. Matt Manhart on The Great Outdoor Radio Show. Matt is an avid outdoorsman and loves to share his knowledge of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities with others, most notably youth. Matt will be with me LIVE AND IN-PERSON Saturday morning! He’ll be stopping by to answer any outdoors-related questions that you may have, especially those pertaining to hunting. You may recall Matt who ... Read More »

TV Outdoor Report Previews Expo


The massive Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park near Ponca, NE  (happening this weekend of Sept. 19th & 20th) is in the crosshairs for my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday at 6 p.m CST during the sportscast. Jeff Packer of the WOWT 6 Sports Machine and I are gonna show you why you and your family should attend this grand-scale expo which is one of the largest in the nation and is celebrating its 11th anniversary! There will ... Read More »

22 Reasons to Hunt Turkeys in Fall


We’re just too busy. There are too many other game animals and birds to hunt. I want to hear gobbles and call in that big tom. I don’t care to shoot hens. It’s just an ambush hunt. Those are all excuses I’ve heard from hunters as to why they don’t want to pursue wild turkeys in the fall. And, I think that’s a crying shame! They’re really missing out! It certainly is no secret that I, Greg Wagner, am very, VERY passionate about wild turkey hunting ... Read More »

Clays, Game Birds, Dogs, Youth and More on Radio Show


Everything from shooting sporting clays to hunting upland game birds to training your hunting dog will be covered when Terry Kriz of the Oak Creek Sporting Club Controlled Shooting Area near Brainard, NE stops by my Great Outdoor Radio Show Saturday morning. Terry and his crew specialize in working with youth! You’ll find Terry very informative and entertaining! Don’t miss a chance to visit with him! The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs Saturday mornings  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 ... Read More »