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Wild Gooseberries and Currants

Gerry Steinauer/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

When I was a kid, my uncle Bill once picked a pail of wild gooseberries from woods in Pawnee County. Clueless what to do with them, he gave them to my mother. She baked them into what was probably a very good gooseberry pie, but I did not care for it. It was too tart for my tastes. Of all the possible gifts our candy store-owning uncle might furnish – he brought bitter fruit.  My next encounter with gooseberry pie ... Read More »

Robinson Reports: Summer Lull

Jeff Kurrus/NEBRASKAland Magazine

The days are at their longest this time of year, the wind doesn’t seem to be as strong most days, and the fishing may become, well, less than stellar. Of course, this isn’t true for every body of water across the state, but I’ve heard of it recently applying to more than a handful. For a few weeks now, I’ve heard it has slowed down on local reservoirs, as well as waters farther away. The recent walleye tournament at Merritt Reservoir would suggest ... Read More »

What’s My Line?

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I am old enough to remember when we basically had 2 and only two choices in fishing line–monofilament and braided dacron (By the way, I still use some old braided dacron, and it is a great line for some fishing situations).  We used to think we had hit the jackpot when we could walk into Gibson’s and find a huge spool of 8-pound test monofilament for 99 cents.  As I got older and wiser I discovered that there were much ... Read More »

Go Catfishin’ on the WOWT 6 Outdoor Report

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Who doesn’t love to go fishing for catfish this time of year in Nebraska waters? I sure do, especially the flatheads! So, I’ll be prodding you to step outside and fish for post-spawn, hungry channel, blue or flathead catfish during the cooler parts of the day and offer some universal tips to help improve your catfishing success on my weekly TV/web-based outdoor report Thursday evening! The Weekly Outdoor Report I do airs on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE Thursday evening ... Read More »

#CarpWeek is Coming!

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You’ve undoubtedly heard of or seen the promos (promotional announcements) for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week #SharkWeek coming up from Aug. 11-15. Well, here in Nebraska, we kind of have a shark week of our own, but it’ll be more fun! We plan on having Carp Week #CarpWeek at the same time on our Facebook page and elsewhere through our Game and Parks online avenues. Look for blogs, videos, fishing tips, cooking tips, bait recipes, interesting carp photographs and much, much more that will be useful to you, ... Read More »

Nature’s Market

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Who needs a farmer’s market, when you have nature’s market. That’s what I say! As an example, we are nearing the time when many Nebraska wild, native fruits and berries are ready to be picked, eaten in the field, or made into jams, jellies, pies, cobblers, syrups and wines. The fruits/berries of crab apple, chokecherry, ground cherry, sand cherry, gooseberry, blackberry, elderberry, buffalo berry, currant, wild grape and plum all should now be checked and monitored in your region for ripeness. Of course, mulberries are available. ... Read More »

Come Join Us at Family Fishing Night in Papillion

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You and your family are invited to come join us at our annual Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Sports Family Fishing Night at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE this Thursday night, July 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. Find out how fun fishing is!   Lake Halleck is located just a quarter mile to the east of the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets in downtown Papillion. We at Game and Parks will be furnishing the fishing tackle and bait as well as fishing instruction. Family fishing nights provide a wonderful opportunity for you ... Read More »

Ilimitado (Limitless) Pico De Gallo

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C’mon, admit it, don’t you just love good pico de gallo? It’s one of my family’s favorite summer dishes. Healthy, fresh, crisp, with a touch of heat and hints of cilantro, it adds zip to your chips! Pico de gallo goes with so much more than the usual bag of tortilla or corn chips though. You can use it as a sauce for if you’re broiling freshly caught fish or toss it with grilled chicken; spoon it over thinly sliced strips of steak; top off your scrambled eggs with it ... Read More »

Spider Dogs & Banana Boats

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When it comes to camp cooking I usually trend toward the simple.  I leave the complex eats to those with more skills than I.  That in mind I thought I would share a couple standard eats around my campsite that seem to go over well and need little prep or time.  You can also getting everyone regardless age involved in the process which helps out, too. Spider Dogs This is simply a twist on the standard fire-roasted wiener and adds ... Read More »