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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!

Neat Hike-Bike-Fishing Bridge Featured on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News, we’ll be showing you a neat recreational trail bridge over the Platte River near the metro where you can hike, bike or fish. Take a look at the photo below. Think you know where we are heading? This would be an ideal location to work off some of that Easter weekend ham or turkey with the family! This recreational trail bridge facility is maintained by our great crew at nearby ... Read More »

“Oh No, Tick!”

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On a March 14, 2015 Facebook post, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission comrade Julie Geiser found a tick on herself, and just yesterday I flicked one off of myself while working in the yard! So, it’s time for me to relay to you the blog post I did a while back about ticks, tick bite prevention and tick removal. Here it is with some updates added. The ticks are out! Ticks become active early in the spring and are one of the first biting pests we experience as the weather warms up. Ticks ... Read More »

Let’s Go RV Camping on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Campsite at Louisville Lakes.

On the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host, we’re going RV camping. It’s gonna be everything you’ve ever want to know about RV camping (but may have been afraid to ask)! Come along for the ride to the state recreation area campground! David and Nancy Sothan of Apache Camper Center are both scheduled to join me tomorrow morning LIVE on the show which runs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Feel free to call in to the ... Read More »

Rain Falling, Think Morels!

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With rain currently falling off and on here in southeastern Nebraska, how can one not think about harvesting morel mushrooms in several weeks, huh? Also, I want to point out the April issue of our NEBRASKAland Magazine which has a very informative article on mushrooms in it. To read the article, click here. Keep thinking morels! Read More »

Update on Lake Wanahoo’s Fishery on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be giving you an update on the Lake Wanahoo fishery near Wahoo, NE on this week’s WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report. You’ll wanna tune in and find out how things are going there and get a status report on the sampling of the fishery and the fishing outlook for this spring and summer, I’m sure. Hint, hint … wink, wink … nod, nod … the northern pike in the lake are even bigger than  when these pics were taken! The ... Read More »

Birding in Omaha: The Cool Birds of Carter, Kiwanis

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“When I am birdwatching, I experience what psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls “flow.” I lose the sense of time; I lose the sense of being encapsulated in a body with all its hungers, aches, and limitations. I get lost in beauty and harmony, memory and knowledge, pattern and depth. The borders between senses dissolve and I experience synesthesia.” Danusha Goska, American Thinker. I’ve been wanting to get there for sometime to check out the various bird species. I have no excuses. ... Read More »

Special Great Outdoor Radio Show Broadcast at Hunt with Huskers Event

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With the Great Outdoor Radio Show I host, I am thrilled and honored once again to be part of the upcoming Hunt with the Huskers charity event this Saturday, March 21st at the beautiful Oak Creek Sporting Club near Brainard, NE. This is a pheasant hunting fund raiser at a licensed Nebraska Controlled Shooting Area (hunting preserve) for the Team Jack Foundation benefiting pediatric brain cancer research. It will be a wonderful opportunity for me to help raise funds for Team ... Read More »

Talkin’ Trout on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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We’ll definitely be talkin’ trout on my weekly TV outdoor report on Omaha Station and NBC affiliate WOWT/Channel 6. That’s because the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake just west of the metro has been stocked and is open, plus thousands more pan-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in various waters around the state later this week! I’ll be giving you trout stocking information for waters around or near the metro area as well as a few quick, helpful hints on catchin’ ... Read More »

Quick Corned Game (or Beef) for St. Patrick’s Day/Week

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St. Patrick’s Day and Week is officially upon us! Do you enjoy dining on corned beef? Have venison or elk in the frig or freezer? Or, want to make your own corned beef? Then, you should to try this quick and easy recipe I use. Happy St. Patty’s Day and Week! Ingredients: 3 to 4 lbs. Deer/Elk Shoulder or Round or Beef Brisket (Cut) 1/2 C. Morton’s Tender Quick 1/2 C. brown sugar 2 tbsp. pickling spices 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. ground red pepper 1 ... Read More »

Spring Break: Sporting Clays, Pheasants, Chukars, Fun and Memories

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To get young people ‘outdoors’ these days, you have to be flexible and take advantage of any windows of opportunity that are there. Such was the case this past week when my 17 year-old Son Noah, a junior at Omaha’s Creighton Prep High School, had spring break. Noah had been bugging me to take him hunting in some fashion over his break from school. As adult sportsmen and women we all need to make time in our own busy schedules to take kids to the ... Read More »