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Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

Didn’t See That One Coming


Camping down here in southeast Nebraska for the shotgun turkey opener with my brother-in-law Dave Flanagan. We had roosted several toms last night and were working some birds this morning in the power lines when we began to hear a strange noise. As the noise grew louder, we exited the blind to see what was going on. Man were we surprised when this helicopter buzzed us at around 70 feet. I could have hit it with a stick! They were ... Read More »

Early Season is for the Birds


Man, woman and child! It is finally here! This early season on turkeys is just a hoot. A lot of fun but it will tax you. One day they can be gobbling like mad, walking about like a lost puppy, the next day they are back in large groups acting like they don’t know you from tree bark. Welcome to the early season! The advantage we archers have is that we have the best chance of being in the field ... Read More »

Respect the Snows

Good job Buster!

It is just human nature I guess. We take out the stops, bag limits, shell limits, equipment limits and, over time, we seem to value something less. Sometimes, I think that is the case for the snow goose. Don’t get me wrong…I love to chase these critters as much as anyone but after a few years of chasing these birds I have come to a new level of respect. To say the snow goose is an intelligent bird is to ... Read More »

New Education Center Looking Good!

A look through the shooting stalls in the firearm retrieval systems make this a really sweet place to shoot!

I just thought I would share a few images of the interior of the new Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The new facility will be the home of Hunter/Boater Education, Hunter Outreach Educators and offer indoor shooting opportunities for youth, families and those who enjoy the shooting sports. We look to open the doors in late spring. Hope to see you there!   Read More »

2013…Wow What A Year!

Frosty morning on the Platte...with sun in the sky and hope in the heart!

I know there is a lot more season to go still in the hunting woods but I had to  spend a few minutes the other day reflecting on 2013 and all the memories made.  From outdoor workshops to hunts with family and friends, 2013 was just plain awesome!  I thought I would just share some of my 2013 memories with you. I started the spring with outdoor expos and turkey hunting and ended 2013 in the goose blind.  Everything in ... Read More »

Late Season Luck

A veteran of the pheasant fields, Dr. Scott Hygnstrom

This morning I had the fortune of spending time afield with my good friend Dr. Scott  Hygnstrom, Animal Damage Control Professor at UNL.  We had a blast chasing late season pheasant and quail!  I am one of those goofballs that actually prefers late season bird hunting.  This last week of January could prove to be the best.  I have often heard hunters complain about late season birds being so jumpy and hard to hunt but more often I have found ... Read More »

Oh, Those Cute Yellow Shells

Yellow shells are perfect for upland game

I love the 20 gauge! I still remember my parents giving me a savage 20 gauge pump for Christmas when I was 10 years old. I spent the evening before the pheasant opener going over each shell, placing them in the vest in hopes they would bring birds down the next day..and they did! For some reason, we are in an age of magnum craze and we sometimes forget about the gauges and calibers that still get it done with ... Read More »

Duck Blind Etiquette

The Pig

I have had the good fortune of hunting with a number of family and friends over the last few months and it has been a great ride. I have spent more hours in the duck blind than I care to admit and have enjoyed every minute of it. In doing so, I have noticed a lot of different characters and feel they need categorizing….for posterity. SO if you have ever hunted with family and friends in the duck blind you ... Read More »

Ducks Over Ice

Birds over the ice

By now, much of eastern Nebraska is under a thin sheet of ice and while my good friend Daryl Bauer is celebrating, I the duck hunter am not…Ice challenges the waterfowl nut! Just because your area us covered does not mean your season is over. Far from it! You do need to hunt a bit smarter now as much of your action will come only when we see a push from the north, however so slight. But when this happens, ... Read More »

A Family Tradition


My brother-in-law, Dave Flanagan, has been hunting deer since he was just a young lad. His family originated from the east coast. Each year, since he was old enough, he and his father Dan would make the trek east to join the family hunting camp in Connecticut… a tradition that lasted around 20 years. They would meet up with uncles and his grand father. In all those years, Dave recalls the group only harvested a handful of deer but they ... Read More »