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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!

Fair Bound

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Tomorrow morning I’ll be bound for our brand new Nebraska Game and Parks Commission exhibit at the NE State Fair in Grand Island’s Fonner Park. I can’t wait to work it all day! Our free exhibit area is bigger and better than ever! Called the Nebraska Outdoor Encounter it encompasses over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space in the Nebraska Building and features unique displays and interactive activities designed to get people outdoors. Take a look at a few photos of it snapped by fellow Game ... Read More »

Football Fans Tailgate at State Parks on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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With the kick off of football season around Nebraska (high school and college), on my WOWT 6 News outdoors segment I’ll be encouraging you to leave a little early for your game and tailgate in one of many Nebraska’s many state park lands. For those traveling from Omaha to Lincoln via Highway 6 for the Husker game Saturday afternoon, I’ll be telling you to leave a bit early and stop at this quiet, quaint state recreation area to grill some ... Read More »

Plum Wild, Good and Ready!

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We’re deep into our Nebraska summer and that means one thing regarding wild edibles – tasty, ripe plums! Have you checked your rural wild plum thickets yet? You should. The deep hues of purples, red and yellows are now apparent on the wild plum trees growing on my buddy’s farm in eastern Nebraska long the Elkhorn River. Look closely. You’ll know when the wild plums are ready for harvest because their flesh will be firm, but somewhat soft when pinched and they’ll almost drop from the thicket with the barest touch or ... Read More »

Great Outdoor Event for Women on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On my WOWT 6 Outdoor Report this week, I’ll be featuring  and promoting the 2014 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) event coming up the first weekend in October at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey. Space remains for this outdoor education program which is a hands-on, fun, camaraderie-filled one designed to give women the basic skills to become active participants in the outdoor lifestyle; including activities related to fishing, boating, hunting, hiking and camping to name a few. Check out these photos from past BOW ... Read More »

Why Hunt the Husker State?

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Mixed bag opportunity. Not much pressure. Reasonably priced permits and stamps. Mobile apps for information and some permits. Special $5.00 youth permits. Long seasons. Generous bag limits. Great tradition. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and the nicest folks you’ll meet anywhere! WHEW! Believe it or not, those are just some of the reasons why I think you should consider planning a hunting trip here in Nebraska this fall or winter! Having lived in Nebraska all of my life and traveled the state extensively, ... Read More »

It’s Time for a Bunch of Bull(frogs)

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Maybe it’s because I have rural roots in Nebraska. Maybe it’s because I grew up exploring the Platte River bottoms and nearby sandpit lakes. Maybe it’s the adventurous spirit that I possess. Whatever the case may be with me, I absolutely, positively enjoy bullfrog hunting in late summer at night! Bullfrog hunting is really a misnomer here in Nebraska. Yes, there is a season on bullfrogs (Aug. 15 – Oct. 31) and it’s open! But, they are aquatic creatures (amphibians) and you need a current, valid ... Read More »

With Carp, The Eyes May Have It!

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“Anything you can see underwater you can expect a carp to see too – and more besides.” – Marc Coulson, The Complete Guide to Carp Fishing. Have you ever noticed the relatively large eyes of a carp you caught while fishing? Did you know that the big eyes of the carp have a highly developed sense of color vision and an incredibly wide field of view? They sure do. Interesting, huh? Think about it. Carp generally live in a turbid, ... Read More »

Carp Fishing Bait: As Many Flavors as Anglers!

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Welcome to #CarpWeek!  Let’s address carp fishing bait. It comes in as many flavors (and forms) as there are anglers. It is rare that two carp anglers sit down and agree on the best method or concoction for catching Cyprinus carpio or other cyprinids. Every angler has his or her own individual secret when it comes to making carp bait. The end result is the carp decides what item or morsel it will consume and what it doesn’t want to swallow. We do know a thing or two about carp food preferences though. Carp ... Read More »

Ready for Carp Week?

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Shark Week begins on the Discovery Channel tomorrow, but are you ready for #CarpWeek here in Nebraska? It starts tomorrow as well! I’m pumped up for it! Those of us at NE Game and Parks who thoroughly enjoy fishing for carp will be sharing some of our best kept secrets on how to catch, clean and cook carp. We also want to encourage you to share some of your own tried-and-true tips with regard to carp and carp fishing on our NE Game and Parks Facebook Page and where possible on ... Read More »

Pre-Season Prep for Hunters on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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The Nebraska Cornhusker football team is practicing and fall high school sports practices begin on Monday, so it’s time for us who enjoy hunting in Nebraska to begin our pre-season preparation work as well. Find out some key things that need to be done for hunting on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing live on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight at 6 p.m. CST during the sports segment. If you miss the live broadcast of the outdoor report, you have some options.Video replays of the report are always available after ... Read More »