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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 »

Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park will be offering free Christmas family photos on November 29.

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Ponca State Park this Saturday, November 29. With Christmas just around the corner, warm up your cookie decorating skills and get a head start on holiday crafts such as homemade ornaments and greeting cards. The day will conclude with free family photos and lighted hayrack rides. All activities will meet at the Resource and Education Center. All ages welcome. Start your Christmas Day countdown by making your own natural chalkboard at 9 a.m. Participants must preregister ... 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 »

Respect, Admire and Value Harvested Deer

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I do not hunt for the joy of killing but for the joy of living and the inexpressible pleasure of mingling my life however briefly with that of a wild creature that I respect, admire and value. – John Madson  I continue to thoroughly enjoy this 2014 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season in its final stretch and I hope you are as well. I always like to capture some of the more unique images of deer harvested during the firearm season with a camera. I must admit ... Read More »

A Dry Idea: The Sticky Business of Wader Repair

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In the December issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine, I have a lighthearted article on page 44 about my failed attempt to repair my beloved waders given to me as an anniversary gift by my wife years ago. As stated in the article, patching waders can be a futile effort. If you want to just make it through the season it can often be accomplished with some success, however. As a fisheries biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Joe Rydell ... Read More »

How to Smoke A Deer Roast

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  Smoking your own meat, especially when the meat comes from an animal you harvested, is a rewarding and satisfying experience. Here are a few steps that to take when smoking a deer roast with a dry rub: Rinse and dry the meat. Always rinse the meat off after it has been thawed and dry it with paper towels. This helps get some excess blood off and out of the meat prior to applying a rub. Adding vegetable oil to the meat is ... Read More »

Arctic Opener A Good Thing

Mark Matulka and son Joe brave cold temps to harvest a fine buck in western Nebraska.

Few things on this planet can rival the excitement of  opening weekend of the Nebraska Firearm Deer Season.  Small towns all across the state are a buzz with orange clad hunters making the annual pilgrimage to their favorite haunts to chase deer critters, share stories, spend time with families and just live like outdoorsmen and women for a few days. The recent arctic blast should prove to be a huge bonus for deer hunters this weekend.  Plunging temps should result ... Read More »

Fall Activities at Ponca State Park

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Celebrate the fall season on Saturday, November 15 at Ponca State Park. Enjoy crafts such as painting and building your own twig vase, while learning about natural science. All activities will take place in the Resource and Education Center. Meet at 10 a.m. for Q-tip painting. Learn why the leaves change color and fall as you paint your own autumn treescape. All ages welcome at $1/craft. Then discover the different kinds of trees around the park as you make your ... Read More »

Ray Schuette on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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It’s the prime time to take to the tree stand for an archery deer hunt here in Nebraska! Archery deer hunting expert Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE pays a special visit to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is an accomplished bowhunter and is a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program.    You’ll find Ray highly informative, friendly and engaging. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I ... Read More »

Deep Water Mortality

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I am going deep with this blog post, no pun intended.  Have to start with a story. . . . Several years back on a late October day, I spent some time fishing Elwood Reservoir with the maintenance man from our headquarters facilities (yes, even our maintenance men hunt and fish!).  We found some baitfish in deep water, in fact I will never forget watching the depth-finder, jigging a Rattle Snakie in 51 feet of water, when I hooked a really nice fish–ended up ... Read More »