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Cowboy Trail Tour 2014

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I will be biking the entire Cowboy Trail from Norfolk to Valentine with my co-worker and (awesome) friend Jamie Bachmann from May 17-23. Anyone is welcome to join us! Below is our schedule. We are still hashing out the finer details, but if you’re interested, meet us at 8:00 AM at the trail head at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk on Saturday, May 17. You can choose to ride the entire way with us or just for a few miles. Or, ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Morels!

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BREAKING NEWS: I have received the first report of someone finding morel mushrooms along the Platte River. The pics below are from my friend Keith Anderson! Keith told me they grew 3/4 inch since he had seen them yesterday at 4:00 p.m. Thanks for the morel update, Keith! #Nebraskamorels Read More »

Friday Funny: Turkey Talk

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Here’s a #FridayFunny I came across on the Internet from Fatal Approach (Game) Calls about spring wild turkey hunting. The other day, I saw two big gobblers checking out me in my hunting blind. I think they were talking about turkey calling ability (or lack thereof)! That’s why they wouldn’t come within shooting range! Can turkeys laugh? Have a safe, fun weekend in the field. It’s all about making memories and the stories of the hunt! Remember, the helicopter incident with our Jeff Rawlinson of Game and Parks and his ... Read More »

Pike eat Pike World

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You know I love the whole predator eats prey “thing”.  Those dramas are fascinating to me and if you are an angler, you better have a good understanding of those relationships.  To catch fish, you not only have to figure out where they are, you have to get them to bite.  That is why having an understanding of what your target fish are preying upon is doubly important. I found this video on the internet, and I love it.  No, ... Read More »

Spring is in the air, and a boy’s thoughts turn to. . . .GOBBLERS!

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Every year about this time I warn you that I mostly blog about fish and fishing except when those beautiful, big, Tom turkeys are gobbling.  That time is NOW.  I will still be on the water when I get a chance, but there is so much to do in Nebraska’s great outdoors in the coming weeks, so you will have to forgive me if my one-track fishing mind is a little distracted.  Do not worry, I will continue to share ... Read More »

Wildlife Wednesday: Fields of Dreams

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If you manage it, they will thrive! “ “We don’t always understand that you cannot plant wildlife habitat and let it go, it needs to be managed,” says Eric Zach, Agricultural Program Manager here at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “A landowner must set the stage for better years regarding upland game bird nesting and brood-rearing cover,” he adds. Well put, Eric, well put! With that information in mind, we travel to our Wagner family farm in southeast Nebraska ... Read More »

Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Collections

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It is spring and spawning is in the air.  Every early April for the past several years our Missouri River fisheries biologists along with a lot of great help from volunteers, have ventured onto the Missouri River to capture endangered pallid sturgeon.  Specifically, the pallid sturgeon they are hoping to catch are female pallid sturgeon.  When the right fish are captured, those female pallid sturgeon are hauled to fish hatcheries where eggs can be collected in order to produced more ... Read More »

The Weekend Turkey Report

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Here we sit on the Monday after the opening of the 2014 Nebraska Spring Turkey Shotgun opener. For a majority of our gobbler-chasers this was the official kick-off to our obsession.  What a wild weather-ride it was, too, in much of the state.  A beautiful and very warm Saturday followed by a Sunday that…well…wasn’t.  I welcome and look forward to hearing your turkey-observations from this past weekend as I share my own from the timber’s edge. Family Weekend.  The opening ... Read More »

Six Steps to Succulent Spring Turkey

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Harvesting a wild turkey in the springtime is quite an accomplishment in the Nebraska hunting scene! When that gobbler, jake or bearded hen is down, there’s the high five with your hunting partner in the blind, along with an immediate cancelling of the tag on your turkey permit, plus the various photo ops with your bird, of course. After all of that takes place, the work begins on establishing the best-tasting wild turkey possible at the dinner table. Here are six steps to follow to a succulent spring turkey. Prompt ... Read More »

Didn’t See That One Coming

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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 »