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Preview of Fort Atkinson Living History on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and its fall living history weekend will be featured on my WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. I’m totally pumped up for it and, of course, to promote it! Check out the third soldier from the left. Jenny Nguyen’s NEBRASKAland Magazine camera captured me pulling guard duty at the fort. Well, sort of. See video of and get more information about this unique state historical park event by tuning in to my outdoor segment on Omaha’s WOWT ... Read More »

Fall Trout Stockings 2014


I have had a lot of phone calls, e-mails and messages asking about our fall trout stockings, and I have been telling folks that when we knew we would let everyone else know.  Well, here it is! First a “disclaimer” or two:  The schedule for these stockings depends on a lot of man-power, fish, and equipment logistics.  There are 52 water bodies in the list that follows, 75-some thousand catchable-size rainbow trout, and personnel and equipment from at least two fish ... Read More »

Bauer-Wagner Road Show Heads to UNL’s NaturePalooza


Yes, you read it right! Daryl Bauer of the Game and Parks Commission’s Fisheries Division and I will be heading to UNL’s East Campus this Tuesday, Sept. 30th. We’ll be MCing and doing a short presentation at UNL’s popular NaturePalooza event from 7-7:15 p.m. The whole event runs from 3-8 p.m. at Hardin Hall, 33rd & Holdrege, and we’ll be walking around the venue ‘talkin shop’ (conservation, outdoor activities, etc.) and havin’ fun with you! By now, you’re probably aware of NaturePalooza, but if you aren’t, here’s the news release about ... Read More »

It’s a Fish Eat Drum World!


One thing I love about my job is I hear a lot of fishing reports and fish stories.  I never get tired of them, especially if there are some pictures to go along with them.  One hit my computer yesterday, and I have to share it with you.  In fact I will do some editing, but let you read the message that Tyler E. sent to me: Howdy Mr. Bauer, I thought you might find this interesting.. My friend Seth ... Read More »

Sporting Clays, Bird Hunting Featured on Great Outdoor Radio Show


Everything from shooting sporting clays to hunting upland game birds will be covered when Terry Kriz of the Oak Creek Sporting Club near Brainard, NE stops by my Great Outdoor Radio Show Saturday morning.   You’ll find Terry very informative and funny! Don’t miss a chance to visit with him! The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs Saturday mornings  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM “The Zone.” Here are the phone numbers to punch in to your phone and ... Read More »

Youth Waterfowlin’

Young Duck Hunter

Youth-only waterfowl seasons are nothing new.  They have been around for about a decade and a half.  I took part almost religiously for the first half of their existence, thanks largely to my involvement with the local Ducks Unlimited chapter and my excitement for being in the marsh.  Though, my interest in the special event has not waned, my fall work obligations have all but kept me from taking part.  Not this year.  This year will be different…in more than ... Read More »

“Grass is always greener”


A fishing buddy once told me, “I would venture that both your head and backside remain trimmed in your line of work”.  Boy, some days that is so true.  In fact it is so true that I saved the quote. Our mission here at the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources.  Our fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreation resources ... Read More »

Go Turkey Hunting this Fall on WOWT 6 Outdoors


On my Weekly WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report, I’ll be giving you – the hunter of any game species – reasons why you should buy a turkey permit this fall in Nebraska and then take to the woods after a couple of birds. One of the reasons for going turkey hunting in the fall is that it presents a wonderful opportunity to take a youth. Turkey hunting permits for those 15 and under are only $5.00! As a reminder, my Weekly Outdoor Report airs ... Read More »

Rat and Beaver


I hate to keep hitting the same topic over and over again.  I know I blogged about the Lake Yankton renovation a couple times in recent weeks (Lake Yankton Renovation ,  Lake Yankton Renovation, Postscript), but I want to tell you about another rotenone renovation that Nebraska fisheries biologists completed recently. Late summer and early fall is definitely “renovation season”.  Typically, water levels are lower at that time of year and less water means we need less rotenone to treat the volume ... Read More »

Memorable First Teal Hunt


Imagine taking a bucket of stirred-up hornets and throwing them in front of a hunter. That’s what it’s like when a flight of blue-winged teal suddenly swarms in over a decoy set. – Wade Bourne, Colin Moore, Outdoor Life Magazine. On the waterfowl hunting front, Nebraska’s early teal hunting season has drawn to a close in the Low Plains zone. I wanted to share some photos of my very first early season teal duck hunt this past week in that zone. Yes, it ... Read More »