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Final Days

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Tomorrow (1/31) marks the final day of the upland bird season in Nebraska for this season.  As mentioned in years past (Last Day 2014; End of Season 2013) I do my best to hunt it.  The reasons are many but it simply boils down to the fact that I want to be there. The day will start too early.  The walking may be too wet or slippery thanks to a front moving through tonight. But it will all end too ... Read More »

Trapping Report from the Creek

Even Opossums Get Smiles

A quick update on our newest hobby – trapping raccoon (A New Addiction Returns).  We hit the second weekend of this new endeavor with lots of enthusiasm and hope.  We had learned a good deal from our first go with it and looked to put this gained knowledge to work.  Armed with twice as many traps (six) we hit the dry creek bottom we had previously. The results were that we learned even more with this second session.  First of ... Read More »

Flagging

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Anyone who waterfowl hunts knows that motion in a decoy spread is crucial.  Sure, there are a plethora of motion decoys on the market to buy — battery-powered ones, mechanical flappers, windsocks, bags, kites, moving shells, etc. However, there is another kind of motion decoy used in waterfowl hunting by the hunter him or herself — the flag. Who would have thought that attaching a set of fabric wings with fairly stiff wire on a wooden dowel in a T-shaped form ... Read More »

Blind Food

The Monster Bacon Cheese Burger. Made by Jayson Braymen and Tom O'Neill with beef provided by  Brett DeHart.

What is it about eating food in the great outdoors that just makes it taste so good and makes it so memorable, especially in a hunting blind? Is there something about merely being outside in an outdoor setting and eating that’s wired in our DNA? Is it purely psychological because of the semi-enclosed atmosphere and close confines of the blind with good friends?   I don’t know what it is exactly. But, generally, things really do taste better when we eat them outside during an outdoor activity, don’t you think? ... Read More »

A New Addiction Returns

A Good-sized Boar

In my college days I tagged along with a couple of good friends, Scot & Deven, as they worked their trap lines and worked nuisance animal control jobs.  Not only was this a chance to be outdoors with my buddies, it gave me an appreciation for the time and effort they put into the process.  They truly loved the challenge of out-thinking the critters they were after.  It definitely was not the money that kept them interested.  At the time ... Read More »

Clear Creek WMA Provides Outdoor Opportunities

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Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offers a great public area to hunt – located near Lewellen the WMA is a short travel distance for those in central and southwest Nebraska and a go-to destination for others. The area is owned by Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District and encompasses more than 6,200 acres of land and water depending on lake elevation. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) leases this area for wildlife management and public use access. ... Read More »

Hunting with the Right Folks

One of my hunting partners is NE Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo.

We didn’t get a lot of geese, but if there was a limit on laughter we’d be way over the max. — Mark Davis, Outdoor Writer and Photojournalist for the Omaha World-Herald, reflecting on a recent Canada goose hunt.  The camaraderie part of hunting is big. Your companions can make or break a hunt. The choices you make in whom you share a blind with will ultimately determine your level of satisfaction. Trust me, it only takes one jerk to ruin a hunting trip. I’ve ... Read More »

Adventure Report, From the Field, January 2015

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In recent weeks I have spent some time away from the computer, some time in the field and on the water doing a variety of things.  There is too much to tell in one blog post, so let me break it up and begin with a quick report from the field. . . . It will disappoint some of my fur-harvesting friends, but I have to honestly confess to you that right now I am a casual fur harvester.  My trapping ... Read More »

An Outdoor Challenge for 2015

How many shots will you fire in 2015?

Resolutions are popular this time of year, both in their making and breaking. I have a few annual resolutions myself: get organized and spend more time outdoors.  Ok…being as creative as I am about the placement and random storage of needed items, getting organized by the standard definition is a pipe dream.  But I do plan on increasing my time outside. And making it better, too, by measuring it differently this year.  I challenge you to do the same… How ... Read More »