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The Power of Summer Camp

A Summer Camp Staple - Archery

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

These two literally pounded the jake decoy

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


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 »

Get Your Grill Game Going!


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 »

Go Bowfishing on Radio Show


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 »

Free Fishing/Park Entry Day on TV


I’ll be telling you why you should go fishing with your family and visit a Nebraska state park land this Saturday on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. That’s because this Saturday, May 16th marks Nebraska’s Free Fishing and State Park Entry Day, woo-hoo! It’s kind of an open house of sorts in our great outdoors! Special, how-to, fun family oriented fishing events events will also be held around the state. Be sure to bring all the kids! ... Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day 2015


Sunday is Mother’s Day.  What mother does not like baby ducks? Oh, my grandmothers liked baby ducks as much as the next mother, but my grandmother’s also were pike fisherwomen.  They liked catching big, bad, baby duck-eating pike! Grandma Roth even got a Master Angler Award for that fish.  I have the award here on the book shelf in my office. Mom got in on the pike-catching too.  I am guessing this pike ate little baby ducks. I have posted ... Read More »

Earl Fletcher Talks Morels on Great Outdoor Radio Show


Don’t miss 84-year-old, Korean War Veteran and 50-plus year morel mushroom hunter, Earl Fletcher of Omaha, NE, when he visits my  Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk “morels!” Earl is a veteran among veteran morel mushroom hunters and has much information to share with you. Below he is pictured with his daughter Sue Smith on a recent morel mushroom hunt in eastern Nebraska. The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs LIVE Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.”  ... Read More »

Fishing Skills


You can call me lazy with what I am going to post on my blog today.  I found this on the internet, it is excellent advice that will help anyone catch more fish.  It is right on!  Read it, live it.  I am going to share it here.  I found this on the website for The NextBite TV .  The title of the article is “Tips for More Walleye this Season“, but if you are an angler, angler for any species of fish, ... Read More »

Bird Quiz; Birding at Heron Haven


May is bird month here in Nebraska, actually International Migratory Bird Month, with dozens of special, public birding events scheduled to highlight our feathered friends. In fact, Governor Pete Ricketts is expected to officially proclaim International Migratory Bird Month in Nebraska at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln on May 13th. With all of that information in mind, blog readers, I thought we’d have a little fun and see how your basic bird ID skills are by taking ... Read More »