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Let the Bird Season Begin

The Pheasant Crew

As I pointed out in a 2012 Blog,  tomorrow (10/25) marks the beginning of a new year for many upland bird hunters.  And according to the 2014 Upland Game Outlook we can expect to do a bit better than last year, especially with quail.  I hope this an upward trend that continues for some time – suitable habitat and weather being the limiting factors – and know I am not alone. I am a bird hunter, with a slight bias ... Read More »

Popular Decoy Maker Visits Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Don’t miss popular waterfowl/game bird hunting decoy maker Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE when he comes to The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host LIVE this Saturday morning (Oct. 25th) from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Jim has combined the best of silhouette and windsock decoys to make affordable, easy to transport, quick to set up, effective waterfowl, turkey and other game bird hunting decoys with his Sillosocks Darn Fine Decoys business. Large field spreads of the Sillosocks Canada goose decoys are successfully used by many who enjoy waterfowl ... Read More »

Smoky Gray Photos

Scott Justice of Chadron harvested this turkey of the erythristic, or red, color phase. (Submitted photo)

“Smoky gray” isn’t often a quality we photographers seek in images, but it’s a different story when it comes to turkeys. I was pleased to receive a few photos of smoky gray phase wild turkeys after requesting them in a post last week. While most of the responses I received were from northwestern Nebraska, it appears some really unique birds, ranging from all white plumage to a colorful mix, are seen on occasion throughout the state. The most eye-catching of ... Read More »

Half Combo

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Got a little report to give you about a recent adventure.  I have a buddy from Iowa that I met through some turkey hunting I have helped him with ( Turkeys Down! Turkey Camp , Turkey Camp 2014 ).  I am always telling folks what a mixed bag capital Nebraska is, and this fall Don came back over to sample more of that.  He had a Nebraska archery pronghorn tag in his pocket, and figured while making the trip across our great state he ... Read More »

Top Spot for Fall Color Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be taking you to what many believe (including myself) is the top spot for viewing fall foliage color in southeastern Nebraska on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Take a look at the photograph below. Any guesses as to where we might be heading? It’s a beautiful state park located about 90 minutes south of Omaha and the fall color peak there is just around the corner! Here’s your answer. The park also has a fun-filled ... Read More »

What Is a Trophy?

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I am old-fashioned enough that I still have a Webster’s New World Dictionary sitting on my desk top at all times, it is directly off my right shoulder.  The internet is great and I use it for a lot of my “word needs”, definitions, spelling, synonyms, etc., but the good ole red, hard-covered dictionary is still a very useful tool.  If you look up the word “trophy” in that book, you will find a whole list of definitions.  I like ... Read More »

Cops and Bobbers

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It was a fun day yesterday for more than 200 youths and their families at the annual Cops and Bobbers fishing event held at Omaha’s Benson Park Lagoon sponsored by our friends at Omaha Police with assistance from us at Game and Parks.  Here’s a really neat, short video from the event that Omaha Police Officer Kevin Wiese put together: It was also nice to have Omaha’s Mayor Jean Stothert waterside. Of course, I got in on the action helping ... Read More »

Go Big Red Means Go Outdoors

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 “Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” Question: When is the absolute best time to go outdoors – hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. in the fall here in Nebraska? I’ll tell you. There’s no debating it either. It’s a Saturday (like the one coming up) when the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team is playing a game during the daytime on television. Home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln take even more people away from the woods, waters and prairies here in Nebraska ... Read More »

Don’t Forget Your Duck Call

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Duck seasons are in full swing in much of Nebraska right now and where they are not open, they soon will be.  From the predictions I have heard, it should be a great season. I enjoy the variety of fishing AND hunting opportunities we have in Nebraska, I like to dabble (pardon the pun) in all of them, but I have to admit to you that I am not a big waterfowl hunter.  I own exactly 13 duck decoys, has to ... Read More »

Panhandle Passages: The Great White Turkey

Wild turkeys, one of which is likely a "smoky gray" phase bird, walk through grass in the Nebraska National Forest. (Photo by Justin Haag)

As I was driving through the Nebraska National Forest southeast of Chadron on Thursday, a pleasant surprise greeted me as I rounded a bend in the road. Discovering a flock of wild turkeys is certainly no cause for amazement these days but one bird predominantly covered by white feathers stood out among the group. The big bird didn’t give me much time to get a photo before it disappeared over the horizon, but you should be able to see that ... Read More »