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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!

A Season of Firsts

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I’ve always said the outdoor world presents many different twists and turns, and that’s what makes it so intriguing! I compare entering the outdoor world anytime to going out on that first date: You’re excited, you’re nervous, you’re not wanting to forget anything, you’re probably overdressed and you’re wondering what eventualities might take place. But, I think spending as much time as possible in the field and trying new things improves your overall outdoor knowledge and skill level. In my mind, you’re able ... Read More »

Ask the C.O. on Radio Show

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Get your Nebraska outdoor law and regulation questions ready for Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo on my Saturday Morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. It airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Here’s a photo of Rich on a youth spring wild turkey hunt. Rich and I will be covering various do’s & don’ts, regulation reminders and tips for fishing, boating, state parks, wildlife, hunting and even more. Rich will also touch on what it’s like to be a conservation officer. You’ll find this program to ... Read More »

Goin’ Tankin’ on TV

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Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast when we float a Nebraska river in a livestock watering tank. Seriously! We’ll cover why floating scenic Nebraska rivers in livestock watering tanks is so popular. It is something unique and fun to do outdoors with your family or friends this summer. A listing of river outfitters and rental businesses is available here. Tanking offers a perfect opportunity to kick back, ... Read More »

A Memorial Day Weekend Tribute

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

The three-day Memorial Day weekend is about the fun of getting together with family and friends for cookouts, camping expeditions, fishing excursions, river float trips, etc. However, Memorial Day weekend is truly about saluting and remembering those individuals in the U.S. Military who lost their lives while in the service to our country, particularly in combat. My thoughts also drift to my son-in-law, Tyler Nichols of Omaha, NE. Tyler is currently serving with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. Tyler and ... Read More »

Great Family Getaway on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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Looking for a great family outdoor getaway for Memorial Day Weekend or perhaps this summer where you can pitch a tent, hike or bike a nature trail, ride a horse, kick back, relax and have fun with the family? Well, I have just the place for you and I’ll tell you all about it on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. In fact, this scenic Nebraska state park is only about a 90-minute drive from the ... Read More »

Get Your Grill Game Going!

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off of America’s summer grilling season. The fire grates at Nebraska’s many state park lands will be in use. Look at these yummy, lean hot Italian sausages on the Wagner grill! In my view, there’s no better person to ask about grilling food for the holiday weekend than the “Master Griller and Processor of Fine Meats,” Mr. Ken Stoysich. Ken and his family own, manage and work the famous Stoysich House of  Sausage in Omaha (as they have for decades) with its ... Read More »

Go Bowfishing on Radio Show

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Bowfishing and archery-related subjects take center stage on the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. My special guest will be Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE. He is an accomplished archer and a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is a seasoned veteran when it comes to fishing with archery equipment! Ray spends a lot of time in the field and on the ... Read More »

Free Fishing/Park Entry Day on TV

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I’ll be telling you why you should go fishing with your family and visit a Nebraska state park land this Saturday on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. That’s because this Saturday, May 16th marks Nebraska’s Free Fishing and State Park Entry Day, woo-hoo! It’s kind of an open house of sorts in our great outdoors! Special, how-to, fun family oriented fishing events events will also be held around the state. Be sure to bring all the kids! ... Read More »

Pics of One Animal, Get Another

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One of the results of spending a lot of time in the field is capturing interesting wildlife photos. Sometimes, while shooting photos of one species you capture another. Such was the case recently when I was shooting photos of white-tailed deer in Washington County, NE. Did you note what’s in the background? I didn’t see that coyote initially when I was snapping pics of the deer. It goes to show that surprises make time outdoors, time well spent! Oh, and don’t forget your camera! Read More »

Earl Fletcher Talks Morels on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Don’t miss 84-year-old, Korean War Veteran and 50-plus year morel mushroom hunter, Earl Fletcher of Omaha, NE, when he visits my  Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk “morels!” Earl is a veteran among veteran morel mushroom hunters and has much information to share with you. Below he is pictured with his daughter Sue Smith on a recent morel mushroom hunt in eastern Nebraska. The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs LIVE Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.”  ... Read More »