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Black Friday

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The day after Thanksgiving has become known as “Black Friday”.  It is a day when millions of shoppers hit the stores for the opening day of what has become our commercialized, gift-giving, Christmas season.  A day when thousands of soccer moms and urban dads who would never think of going afield to harvest any kind of living creature nevertheless prove that they are instinctively HUNTERS. . . . Think about it.  By the time the rush to the stores has started, folks ... Read More »

Bucks for Gifts

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Today is Black Friday, the big shopping day to kick off the holiday season and Monday is Cyber Monday the largest online shopping day of the year.  I am here at home blogging (before the Husker/Hawkeye football game) while my wife is working at The Nebraska Medical Center and my daughter Emma is still out shopping after pulling an all-nighter going after those tremendous deals on holiday gift items at various stores for the family. Well,  Emma, the best deal for ‘dear old’ Dad here, the all-around Nebraska outdoor ... Read More »

Commissioners Berggren, Burke and Boys Mixed Bag Quest

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Commissioners Lynn Berggren and Jerrod Burke along with their sons Pat, Kevin, Logan and friends went on a Mixed Bag Quest this fall.  Commissioner Burke documented their experience on Open Fields and Waters land in this article. [ Submitted by Commissioner Jerrod Burke ] We began our mixed bag quest on Wednesday morning, Nov. 12. Commissioner Berggren, my son Logan and I were headed to a cabin at Medicine Creek State Recreation Area to meet up with the national Pheasants ... Read More »

Thanksgiving 2014

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Like everyone, I absolutely enjoy the time off that I have on holidays.  You can bet that I will spend some time in the field and on the water in the next few days.  Unfortunately, I believe it is easy for us to get caught up in the time off and not really think about the reason for it.  It also seems to me that in our pop culture we go right from the decorations and lights of Halloween directly ... Read More »

Your Archery Revolution Begins December 6th

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From the moment I witnessed Katniss Everdeen fling that first arrow, I knew we were on to something special.  Archery is cool, and Katniss has made it cooler to millions of young boys and girls who now want to possess the same skills she has.  The good news?  Thanks to  facilities like the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center, now they can! Join us December 6th from 10am – 4pm for Archery on Fire, a free family day of outdoor skills fun. ... Read More »

Extremely Grateful for Things in Nature

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There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great country of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of things of which to be thankful. The Nebraska skies and grasslands are among them. During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful  for while I was in the field. As you read through these, ... Read More »

Being Thankful

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  As I wrote in the blog  My Thanks a couple of years ago it is a chance to spend time with friends and family without the stress of gift buying and giving.  Yet, thanks to the special day falling on a Thursday, many of us receive the gift of time during this week.  Time is  something that will be in short supply once the weekend is over and we find ourselves in the ... Read More »

The Art of Fly Fishing

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I am not sure where I found this, believe it was e-mailed to me, but I know it is good and I am going to recommend you check it out.  Orvis has a series of fly-fishing instructional videos they will e-mail you if you sign up, The Art of Fly Fishing . I am NOT some fly-fishing purist by any means, and I am not sponsored by Orvis.  My philosophy is that I want to catch fish and I will use ... Read More »

Panhandle Passages: Check Station Miscellany

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This was my second year of being assigned to two days of deer check station duty at Rushville during the firearm season. The 12-hour shifts can seem long at times, but I really enjoy having conversations with the hunters and hearing from them what’s happening in the field. As was the case last year, I saw some nice mule deer and whitetails. The most prominent memories I carry away from the experience, however, have little to do with antler mass ... Read More »

Tune In

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My co-worker and buddy, Greg Wagner, usually blogs on Friday and mentions his weekly radio show which airs every Saturday morning on 1620 The Zone .  Greg has been busy at “deer camp” this week, so I want to mention it for him–tune in tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. central time. Greg’s show is always a good one because Greg is a wealth of information and he always has great guests (tomorrow’s guest might be a little “sketchy” but we ... Read More »