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Is the new boat ramp at Burchard open yet?

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One of the most popular questions in my office this week is the one that titles this blog post.  Folks assume that since it has been raining, the new boat ramp at Burchard must be open already: Burchard Lake filling slowly– boat ramp remains closed An aquatic habitat rehabilitation project at Burchard Reservoir a couple of years ago required an 11-foot draw down to repair the outlet structure.  During the project, enough water remained in the reservoir to maintain the ... Read More »

The Power of Summer Camp

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School is out for many young Nebraskans which means parents are busy trying to figure out what to do with them this summer.  If you want your youngster to have an adventure, then summer camp is your answer.  If you want your child to build leadership skills and self-esteem, then summer camp is your answer.  If you want your kids unplugged from the digital world for a bit, then summer camp is your answer. According to the American Camp Association ... Read More »

Turkeys Are Still Talking

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With just two weekends left in the 2015 Nebraska Spring Turkey Hunting Season, we may be in the ninth inning, but there is still time to score on a gobbler.  In fact, some hunters will find the best hunts of the season in the final days this year. During the peak of breeding, gobblers often have all the hen-attention they want. We are now past this point and the boys are working harder to find willing hens.   Some are more ... Read More »

It’s a Wrap, Spring 2015 Turkey Season

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As I write this, there are still eleven days left in Nebraska’s 2015 spring turkey season, but I believe my kids and I are done with our time spent in the field with those big, beautiful birds this spring.  Time to give you a report on our adventures. . . . Spring has been particularly busy for me this year, and by “busy” I mean stuff I have to get done, work stuff.  I hate it when that gets in the ... Read More »

Safe Boating Week 2015

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We are in the middle of National Safe Boating Week and this is a reminder we all need! To make the point even more, take a few minutes and watch this video: I fish, I know how much us anglers hate to wear a bulky, uncomfortable, hot and sweaty life jacket.  I know, I get it.  I also know there are lots of life jacket options available now and you can put one of the inflatables on at the beginning ... 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 »

Moose Triggers Temporary Boating Ban at Bridgeport Lake

A moose trots through Bridgeport State Recreation Area earlier this week. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Officials of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have implemented a temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area because of moose activity in the area. Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at the lake in recent weeks. “It’s unfortunate that ... Read More »

“It’s All in the Pause”

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Finally found another funny fishing commercial to share with you heading into the weekend. Of course it is a Rapala commercial. . . . I love fishing suspending crankbaits, In Suspense.  They are a very effective bait that work in many different fishing situations.  There was a time when I had to “doctor” my own baits to make them neutrally-bouyant; I am thrilled there are so many versions available commercially now.  The new ShadowRap is a little different bait, a ... 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 »