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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!

10 Things about Beautiful, Beneficial Bats!

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Wild bats. They get such a bad rep. Most likely it’s because they’re portrayed in popular culture and the media as scary, blood-sucking, rabid creatures of the night that live in dark, stank places. They are the subjects of creepy, Halloween tales and horror stories. Gosh darn, I think that’s a shame! As a resource professional, I view bats as a native, beneficial component of our natural world and so should you! In fact, I think they’re cool. No, check that, I think they’re beautiful! Look! So, here are 10 things you should know about ... Read More »

Hunting on Great Outdoor Show

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The arrival of September will mean the opening of two very popular hunting seasons in Nebraska — Dove and Archery Deer. In order to assist you and your young folks in getting ready for them, 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 hunter, a certified volunteer hunter education instructor, and a mentor in our Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery ... Read More »

Danish Alps on TV

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Get an update and see fresh, new video of the recently opened Danish Alps/Kramper Lake State Recreation Area near Hubbard, NE on this week’s WOWT 6 News TV outdoor report. It’s a gem! Check out these great photos of the area from Jenny Nguyen and Jerry Kane of Game and Parks. The neat video you will see comes courtesy of Game and Parks’ Ralph Wall. Don’t miss this week’s outdoor report which airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News Thursday at ... Read More »

Poaching Incident in Ponca Hills; Know Anything?

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Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE continues to seek information on a deer poaching incident that occurred recently in the Ponca Hills area of northern Douglas County. Here’s the news release done by Jerry Kane of Game and Parks concerning the details of the incident as well as trail/game camera photos of it. Game and Parks Seeks Information on Illegally Harvested Deer LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information involving a case of deer being illegally harvested ... Read More »

Radio Show at Scheels Hunting Expo

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I will have not one, but two, LIVE, consecutive Great Outdoor Radio Show broadcast hours this weekend under the tents at the Omaha Scheels big Fall Hunting Expo in the Village Pointe Shopping Center tomorrow (Saturday) morning. For details on the event, click here. We’ll give you even more of a preview of this large event and cover an array of hunting topics on-air from 8-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” It’ll be fun and informative with a variety of special guests, outdoor experts ... Read More »

Nice Getaway on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On this week’s WOWT 6 Weekly Outdoor Report, we’re highlighting a nice late summer or Labor Day weekend getaway for you and your family. It’s one of Nebraska’s scenic state parks. Look at the Game and Parks photo below, recognize it with the cabins? It’s a wonderful outdoor atmosphere with a lot to experience. We’re heading to Niobrara State Park in northeastern Nebraska! Find out more information about it on my Weekly Outdoor Report that airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News ... Read More »

12 Reasons to Appreciate Hunting in Nebraska

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Hunting in Nebraska means so much! It benefits nature, our economy, provides funding for conservation and wildlife management, contributes to promoting a healthier lifestyle, strengthens interpersonal relationships, makes for lasting memories, has a charitable characteristic, and directly connects us with life on our planet. Here are 12 reasons why you should appreciate this age-old lifestyle here in the Cornhusker State as our popular fall hunting seasons approach! Hunting manages wildlife populations. Hunting keeps nature at a healthy balance of which ... Read More »

Aquarium, Korth on Radio Show

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Ak-sar-ben Aquarium/Schramm Park SRA complex near Gretna, NE and its role in outdoor/aquatic education will be featured on Saturday morning’s Great Outdoor Radio Show. Ever been there and checked out the big blue catfish in their large aquarium? My special guest on the program will be Tony Korth, Fisheries Biologist and Director of the Aquarium for the Commission. The Great Outdoor Radio Show, the Omaha-metro area’s only outdoor talk radio show, airs LIVE on Omaha’s ... Read More »

Bullfroggin’ on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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See the late summer fun of catching bullfrogs along the water’s edge on my weekly TV outdoor report. That’s because Nebraska’s bullfrog season (that falls under fishing) opens this Saturday, August 15th, woo-hoo! Learn about bullfroggin’ on the report which airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News Thursday at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast with me and either Ross Jernstrom or Jeff Packer. If you’re unable to view the live broadcast of the outdoor report, I remind you that ... Read More »

Season for a Bunch of Bull(frogs)

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“Frog catching is the most fun a human being can have while on this earth.” – Jase Robertson. Maybe it’s because I have rural Nebraska roots. Maybe it’s because I grew up exploring the Platte River bottoms and nearby sandpit lakes in Sarpy County. Maybe it’s the wild and crazy spirit that I possess. I don’t know. Whatever the case may be, I absolutely, positively enjoy bullfrog hunting in late summer at night! Froggin’, as it is commonly called, offers an unusual and ... Read More »