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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!

Get Ready for Firearm Deer Season on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Get ready for Nebraska’s popular firearm deer hunting season by joining Scheels firearms/hunting expert and Omaha Police Bomb Squad Sgt. Matt Manhart on the The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. Matt will be LIVE AND IN-PERSON with me tomorrow (Saturday) morning! He’ll be stopping by to answer any questions of yours pertaining to deer hunting (rifles,  ammunition, field care, blind placement, etc.). Matt will help improve your odds for success. This fun, interactive, informative outdoor talk radio show airs every Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM ... Read More »

Go Time for Bowhunters on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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 Quick blog post to let you know that I’ll be offering some important tidbits of information for you – the Nebraska archery deer season hunter – during the “magic window” for deer breeding season movement called “rut” on my outdoor TV segment this week. Photo below by Tanner Podraza. It’s a neat time of year where the bucks are rubbing trees to polish their antlers, marking their territory and leaving scent cues for other deer. Whether you enjoy hunting or not, don’t ... Read More »

Firearm Deer Hunters: Scout it Out!

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Nebraska’s most popular hunting season – the firearm deer season - is right around the bend. Opening day for it is November 15th. Have you purchased your firearm deer hunting permit  yet? Good. Then, it means that it’s time to do what I did already this week, get out and scout your white-tailed deer woods. Just make sure you don’t interfere with an archery deer hunter on the property. Any seasoned deer hunter will tell you, scouting plays perhaps the most critical role in the deer hunting process. A few hours spent ... Read More »

Popular Decoy Maker Visits Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Don’t miss popular waterfowl/game bird hunting decoy maker Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE when he comes to The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host LIVE this Saturday morning (Oct. 25th) from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Jim has combined the best of silhouette and windsock decoys to make affordable, easy to transport, quick to set up, effective waterfowl, turkey and other game bird hunting decoys with his Sillosocks Darn Fine Decoys business. Large field spreads of the Sillosocks Canada goose decoys are successfully used by many who enjoy waterfowl ... Read More »

Top Spot for Fall Color Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be taking you to what many believe (including myself) is the top spot for viewing fall foliage color in southeastern Nebraska on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Take a look at the photograph below. Any guesses as to where we might be heading? It’s a beautiful state park located about 90 minutes south of Omaha and the fall color peak there is just around the corner! Here’s your answer. The park also has a fun-filled ... Read More »

Cops and Bobbers

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It was a fun day yesterday for more than 200 youths and their families at the annual Cops and Bobbers fishing event held at Omaha’s Benson Park Lagoon sponsored by our friends at Omaha Police with assistance from us at Game and Parks.  Here’s a really neat, short video from the event that Omaha Police Officer Kevin Wiese put together: It was also nice to have Omaha’s Mayor Jean Stothert waterside. Of course, I got in on the action helping ... Read More »

Go Big Red Means Go Outdoors

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 “Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” Question: When is the absolute best time to go outdoors – hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. in the fall here in Nebraska? I’ll tell you. There’s no debating it either. It’s a Saturday (like the one coming up) when the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team is playing a game during the daytime on television. Home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln take even more people away from the woods, waters and prairies here in Nebraska ... Read More »

Author, Sportsman on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Published outdoor writer and well-traveled Midwestern sportsman Greg Medlin of Omaha, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show this week to visit with you. You’ll find Greg very interesting and highly informative especially when it comes to raccoons, raccoon hunting and furbearer conservation in Nebraska. this time of year! Here’s the cover of Greg’s much-acclaimed book about raccoon hunting. Get the opportunity to talk with Greg about raccoons, raccoon hunting and much, much more on The Great Outdoor Radio ... Read More »

Youth Upland Game Bird Weekend on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On WOWT 6 Outdoors this week, I’ll be highlighting Nebraska’s two-day youth upland game bird hunting season that will be taking place this the weekend of October 18th & 19th. I’ll be mentioning a few public places not far from Omaha where we at Game and Parks will be releasing adult rooster pheasants for the kids and their mentors to hunt. As a reminder, my Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST during ... Read More »

Foraging for Fall Fungi

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Disclaimer When foraging for wild food such as wild fungi, you must be able to correctly identify what you are picking, otherwise you should not eat it. Never eat any wild food without multiple sources of positive identification. Some wild plants and mushrooms in Nebraska are poisonous and deadly. Use the content in this blog at your own risk. To get more information about eating wild fungi, go here. Mushroom hunting in Nebraska is not just a springtime outdoor activity. There are more mushrooms available than morels, ... Read More »