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Hunting related articles and blogs from the staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Cycles of Success

NSSF Cycles of Success

What I am about to tell you may be used by some to justify the next purchase of a rifle, bow or shotgun.   You may want to tape this to the refrigerator as soon as you read it.   But I guarantee you that, if you are a shooting sports enthusiast, hunter or angler, you will swell up with pride.  How the funding for the greates conservation model the world has ever known all came together to provide us the hunting, fishing and ... Read More »

“Oh No, Tick!”


On a March 14, 2015 Facebook post, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission comrade Julie Geiser found a tick on herself, and just yesterday I flicked one off of myself while working in the yard! So, it’s time for me to relay to you the blog post I did a while back about ticks, tick bite prevention and tick removal. Here it is with some updates added. The ticks are out! Ticks become active early in the spring and are one of the first biting pests we experience as the weather warms up. Ticks ... Read More »

Turkey Time

View from the Blind

Nebraska may be the best place for the turkey hunter.  The spring season kicked off this morning – 30 minutes before sunrise – with archery.  Just over two weeks from now on April 11, turkey-chasers 15 yrs and under can break out the shotguns.  A week after on April 18, the rest of us can, too.  All spring seasons run through May 31. With healthy bird populations and some great opportunities on many state Wildlife Management Areas and land enrolled ... Read More »

Rain Falling, Think Morels!


With rain currently falling off and on here in southeastern Nebraska, how can one not think about harvesting morel mushrooms in several weeks, huh? Also, I want to point out the April issue of our NEBRASKAland Magazine which has a very informative article on mushrooms in it. To read the article, click here. Keep thinking morels! Read More »

Safety First During Turkey Season

Turkeys will be dispersing from their winter flocks as the spring season nears. Toms will be fighting for breeding rights within the next week or two.

  The Nebraska archery turkey season for youth and adults begins March 25. Shotgun season for youth begins April 11, followed by the general shotgun season starting April 18, with all seasons closing May 31 – as hunters hit the field keep safety in mind to keep all hunters safe in the field. Turkey hunting has some safety concerns that need to be addressed by all hunters; camouflage, calling, stalking and decoy use all make it imperative that hunters be ... Read More »

Special Great Outdoor Radio Show Broadcast at Hunt with Huskers Event


With the Great Outdoor Radio Show I host, I am thrilled and honored once again to be part of the upcoming Hunt with the Huskers charity event this Saturday, March 21st at the beautiful Oak Creek Sporting Club near Brainard, NE. This is a pheasant hunting fund raiser at a licensed Nebraska Controlled Shooting Area (hunting preserve) for the Team Jack Foundation benefiting pediatric brain cancer research. It will be a wonderful opportunity for me to help raise funds for Team ... Read More »

Pine Ridge Mule Deer Counted

Mule deer

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has completed the second year of an annual mule deer survey in portions of the Pine Ridge management unit in northwestern Nebraska. On Feb. 6-9, Commission employees used a contracted helicopter to repeat the 2014 mule deer survey. Commission staff counted 758 deer in 429 square miles of the unit compared to 862 in the same areas in 2014. The data will be compared to mule deer numbers in other areas of the state ... Read More »

Quick Corned Game (or Beef) for St. Patrick’s Day/Week


St. Patrick’s Day and Week is officially upon us! Do you enjoy dining on corned beef? Have venison or elk in the frig or freezer? Or, want to make your own corned beef? Then, you should to try this quick and easy recipe I use. Happy St. Patty’s Day and Week! Ingredients: 3 to 4 lbs. Deer/Elk Shoulder or Round or Beef Brisket (Cut) 1/2 C. Morton’s Tender Quick 1/2 C. brown sugar 2 tbsp. pickling spices 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. ground red pepper 1 ... Read More »

Spring Break: Sporting Clays, Pheasants, Chukars, Fun and Memories


To get young people ‘outdoors’ these days, you have to be flexible and take advantage of any windows of opportunity that are there. Such was the case this past week when my 17 year-old Son Noah, a junior at Omaha’s Creighton Prep High School, had spring break. Noah had been bugging me to take him hunting in some fashion over his break from school. As adult sportsmen and women we all need to make time in our own busy schedules to take kids to the ... Read More »

Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show


Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, March 14th, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, boating, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for fishing, spring wild turkey hunting, plus other outdoor activities. Rich enjoys coming to the studio ... Read More »