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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!

Decoy Maker Jim Druliner on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Popular decoy maker and avid waterfowl hunter Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk about Canada goose hunting in Nebraska plus other hunting and waterfowl-related subjects.  I think Jim spends more time in the goose blind than at home, HA!   Jim is the designer/producer of the widely used Sillosocks Darn Fine (Windsock) Decoys for waterfowl hunting. Jim likes to use his decoys with other commercially made ones in a spread.   ... Read More »

Rent a State Park Cabin on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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Did you know that cabins and other lodging facilities are available for rental this time of year at five Nebraska state park lands with various discounts and special packages? They sure are! You may even be able to rent one for a night or two over this holiday period with your family! Find out which ones and more about state park lodging by tuning in to my Weekly Outdoor Report this Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. CST sportscast with Ross ... Read More »

Huntin’ Geese? You Don’t Need Water

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Water along with some ice shelves are great for hunting Canada geese this time of year, no question.     It sure is nice to be able hunt the Canadas (“Cans” as I like to call them) over that water scenario from the warm confines of a heated pit blind with some of the comforts of home.     But, do you really need water and pit blinds to successfully hunt Canada geese in Nebraska? No, not necessarily. Field hunting for Canadas is a ton of fun! It’s also much cheaper, easier and quicker ... Read More »

The Forget-Me-Not-Five (and Other Regulations) for Waterfowl Hunting

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It’s December in Nebraska and it’s filled with many hunting traditions as family and friends get together for the holidays. Many hunters I know, including myself, are gonna be concentrating on hunting waterfowl, most notably Canada geese. With that in mind, I was told the other day by our local conservation officer Rich Berggren out of Waterloo, NE as well as avid waterfowl hunter, Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE, that I should remind waterfowlers of some general regulations. So, here goes. Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older ... Read More »

Big Game Meeting in The Big “O”

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Just a quick reminder to fellow hunters and landowners in or near the Omaha-metro area that a public informational meeting about Nebraska big game  issues will be held tomorrow night, (Wednesday night, Dec. 10th)  at 7 p.m. in the classroom of the west Omaha Scheels Store, 17202 Davenport St.,  in the Village Pointe Shopping Center. NE Game and Parks wildlife biologists will be on hand to explain and take questions on several topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy ... Read More »

Inspired by Photos, of Mine?

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Sometimes in the business of promoting/providing conservation and outdoor information you don’t fully realize the impact your work can have on a person. Such was the case this year when a friend of mine, Robin Zagurski an artist from Omaha, NE, painted two beautiful scenes from photographs I had taken on a couple of my outdoor adventures here in Nebraska.  I was shocked and flattered, to say the least. Here they are. The first colorful Nebraska scene Robin painted was from a photo I snapped of the ... Read More »

Preparing Wild Fish and Game on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Executive Chef Gene Cammarota of Omaha, NE gives you helpful hints on preparing wild fish and game for your guests over the holiday period on the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. Gene is a chef with a dynamic personality and is well known in professional cooking circles. He is also an instructor at Iowa Western Community College’s Culinary Arts Program and hosts his own cooking show called “What’s Cookin’?” from 10-11 a.m. CST on Omaha radio station 1180 AM. My program airs LIVE every Saturday morning from ... Read More »

Archery is Catching Fire on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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With the popularity of the new Hunger Games movie Mockingjay – Part 1 , the sport of archery is on fire and it takes center stage on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News Thursday night LIVE at 6 p.m. CST during the sportscast. I’ll be highlighting two, free, big public archery events that will be held this this Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new NE Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in ... Read More »

Bucks for Gifts

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Today is Black Friday, the big shopping day to kick off the holiday season, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday encouraging folks to holiday shop at small businesses, and then Monday is Cyber Monday the largest online shopping day of the year.  I am here at home blogging (before the Husker/Hawkeye football game) while my wife is working at The Nebraska Medical Center and my daughter Emma is still out shopping after pulling an all-nighter going after those tremendous deals on holiday gift items at various stores for the family. Well,  Emma, ... Read More »

Extremely Grateful for Things in Nature

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There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great country of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of things of which to be thankful. The Nebraska skies and grasslands are among them. During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful  for while I was in the field. As you read through these, ... Read More »