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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!

Respect, Admire and Value Harvested Deer

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I do not hunt for the joy of killing but for the joy of living and the inexpressible pleasure of mingling my life however briefly with that of a wild creature that I respect, admire and value. – John Madson  I continue to thoroughly enjoy this 2014 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season in its final stretch and I hope you are as well. I always like to capture some of the more unique images of deer harvested during the firearm season with a camera. I must admit ... Read More »

All About Family, Outdoor Experiences and Nature

My cousin Mark on family farm with three different types of habitat converging.

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -
Aristotle. I am currently out in the field participating in Nebraska’s firearm deer hunting season which runs through this Sunday, November 23rd. It was great to hunt with my brother Steve and also my cousin Mark this past weekend. I keep telling you that firearm deer hunting for me is all about enjoying family, outdoor experiences and nature. Here are some photos I took that reflect those things. If you are firearm ... Read More »

Conservation Officer Rich Berggren on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Don’t miss Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Nov. 15th, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I pre-recorded the one-hour long show on “The Zone” covering various do’s and don’ts, plus regulation reminders and information for Nebraska’s big 9-day firearm deer hunting season on its opening morning. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field.   You’ll find this program to be quite ... Read More »

Preview of Firearm Deer Season on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be offering a quick preview of Nebraska’s popular firearm deer hunting season (which opens Saturday, Nov. 15th) on my WOWT 6 News outdoor segment. The season looks promising!   There have already been some nice white-tailed deer bucks taken during the archery deer hunting season such as this one by Tanner Podraza of Columbus, NE.  I’ll also be giving you a few fast tips on staying warm if time allows. My Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE Thursday evening on the station’s  6 p.m. CST ... Read More »

Omaha Deer Check Station Update

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Just a short note to let you folks know that we in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha Office will be checking in deer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST  during the 9-day regular firearm deer hunting season. Our new location, 8495 Frederick Street, is located about 1/4 mile north of I-80 on 84th Street behind the Bucky’s Gas Station in the Frederick Plaza. The phone number is 402-595-2144. Here’s the front of our office. Please note that ... Read More »

Firearm Deer Season: Enjoying the Experience, Making Memories

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We are now just under one week away from the opening day of Nebraska’s largest hunt – the firearm deer hunting season. It opens this Saturday, November 15th. I can hardly wait! This is one of the absolute best times of year to be outside with the deer rut happening! My lovely wife Polly of 26 years says that everything comes to a grinding halt in the Wagner family with the opening of that deer season. It’s a wonderful tradition though. For many ... Read More »

Ray Schuette on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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It’s the prime time to take to the tree stand for an archery deer hunt here in Nebraska! Archery deer hunting expert Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE pays a special visit to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is an accomplished bowhunter and is a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program.    You’ll find Ray highly informative, friendly and engaging. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I ... Read More »

Venison Donation Programs Highlighted on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be highlighting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s two venison donation programs on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this evening! The  two programs that support deer donation in Nebraska are Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) and the Deer Exchange. HHH is funded completely by donations from the public and pays for the processing of whole field-dressed deer that hunters donate at any participating HHH deer processor. The online Deer Exchange program allows hunters who want to donate venison to link ... Read More »

Twitter Chat Today #HuntNebraska

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Hey, today is the day to talk online about Nebraska deer hunting or anything related to Nebraska hunting during a LIVE Twitter from Noon to 1 p.m. CST. with my fellow Game and Parks compatriots and deer hunting experts Kit Hams, Jeff Rawlinson and Aaron Hershberger. They will be poised and ready for your questions and/or comments! Let’s all talk “deer.” You can simply tweet your questions or comments to them using @NEGameandParks and #HuntNebraska. I’ve already tweeted them in advance of the chat and asked each of them their ... Read More »

Capturing Cool Moments

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“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ~Henri Cartier-Bresson I have seen many cool things when I’ve been outdoors here in Nebraska, especially hunting. I just love being in the field! Years ago though, I never, ever packed a camera on my outdoor adventures. I know, I know, shame on me! But, now I bring a camera on every one of my outdoor expeditions. ... Read More »