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Published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1926, NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to an engaging mix of outstanding photography and informative writing, highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parks, wildlife, history and people.

Correction: Free Fishing and Park Entry Day on May 17

In the March 2014 issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine, the incorrect date was listed for the Free Fishing and Park Entry Day. Always held the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, this year the Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 17. On this day, park and fishing entry permits are not required when visiting state parks, historical parks and recreation areas in Nebraska but all other fee requirements, laws and regulations remain in effect. For more information on Free Park ... Read More »

Preparation of Bone and Fossil Finds

Photo by Jeff Kurrus/NEBRASKAland Magazine

Though many public areas, including Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and National Park Service and National Forest Service lands in Nebraska, have specific laws prohibiting the removal of artifacts from their lands, one may find an alternative place to “hunt” with private landowner permission. Then, if you’re lucky enough to discover an artifact, here is a quick guide to preparation of your finds. Preparation of Bone and Fossil Finds By Jon Morgenson Some fossils and bones or skulls may be found ... Read More »

Nebraska Meteor Calendar

Stars envelope a night sky near Brady.
Julie Geiser/NEBRASKAland Magazine

One of the best ways to experience nature’s true wonders is to stand beneath a black expanse of sky and gaze up at a meteor shower. With more than 10 major showers viewable throughout the year, stargazers have ample opportunities to catch one of Earth’s very own light shows. Here is your guide to the basics of meteor showers, when they are easiest to see and the best places to view them across Nebraska. During a meteor shower, there are ... Read More »

Turpin’ Time: Homemade Bucket Warmer

Illustration by Tim Reigert/NEBRASKAland Magazine

Dick Turpin, legendary turkey hunter / call maker ( and how-to humorist describes how to keep your seat comfortable during the cold: Some days, even when the sun is shining, an unheated waterfowl blind can feel as cold as the dark side of the moon. And when a camp stool begins to crackle under your backside like a bag of crushed ice, the pleasure of a day’s ice fishing can disappear as quickly as the last cup of tepid coffee from ... Read More »

Landscape Notes: Pollinators

Photo by Jeff Kurrus/NEBRASKAland Magazine

By Jon Morgenson As a kid I remember (like many of you) running around during the summer barefoot, which meant, you better keep an eye open, looking for patches of clover in lawns, identifiable by their white flowers amidst all the green. Because if you didn’t, you’d pay a price! Those same patches of clover were humming with bees at their business of gathering pollen, and it didn’t take too many ‘repeats’ of stepping on a bee barefoot, to learn ... Read More »

Tree Pruning Tips: Go Ahead and Remove The Whole Branch

Lateral branch pruned as an alternative to branch tipping.

By Jon Morgenson, Horticulturist I commonly encounter trees in our state parks that have had an offending low branch tipped back. I have no doubt that the reason for removing the branch tip was justified – I don’t enjoy being poked in the eye by a low branch any more than the next person. Remembering that point, I have a thought to pass along. Tipping is the removal of the terminal end of a branch, at some random point without ... Read More »

Mixed Bag Hunting Success in Nebraska


By Mick Jensen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, District 3 I had a really great day at the 2013 Rooster Road Trip near Orchard, NE.  Commissioner Lynn Berggren and I participated with NGPC staff and Pheasants Forever national board member Dick Bell in an exercise to showcase Nebraska public hunting areas. We hunted two medium-sized fields and with six hunters bagged 12 roosters and 8 quail in about 2½ hours. Dick and I had to make a quick trip to his ... Read More »