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Six Cures for (Late-Winter) Cabin Fever

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Brrrr! It’s been so cold outside! Temperatures have been running far below normal as evidenced this past week by the large thermometer I have in our backyard. Off and on, I continue to suffer from cabin fever! How about you? From my vantage point in eastern Nebraska, we’re kind of in between seasons in the state’s outdoor scene, too. As a sportsman, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of snow and Ross’s geese for light goose conservation order hunting here in eastern Nebraska and open water fishing for various ... Read More »

More Elk Collared in North-central Nebraska

Pilot David Rivers and gunner Donnie Wackerman get ready to take flight Tuesday morning. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

BASSETT – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission placed tracking collars on three elk near Bassett in north-central Nebraska on Tuesday, the latest installment of a multi-year effort to use real-time location data to determine populations, make harvest recommendations and monitor herd health. Game and Parks contracted a helicopter wildlife capture crew to catch the elk and equip them with GPS tracking collars and ear tags. In addition, samples were taken from the three cows to obtain health and genetic ... Read More »

Critter Calling

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I seem to always dust off the rimfire guns in late winter. I get out the 22 mag revolver or 17 hmr rifle and head to the woods in search of critters that will come to the call. Coon calling is one of my favorite things to do and we still have until the end of February  to get out and give it a try. These guys can be easy to call in at times and provide loads of fun ... Read More »

It’s Sports Show Time in Omaha!

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It’s a fun and exciting week for me in the metro as the state’s largest outdoor show, the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show, kicks off tonight (Thursday night) and runs through late Sunday afternoon downtown at the CenturyLink Center. I’ll be showing you a few main features of the sports show this evening at 6 p.m. CST on my Weekly Outdoor Report which airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News during the sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. If you’re unable ... Read More »

Work on the Sheds

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It’s time to start work on the “sheds!” Well, to work to find shed deer antlers, that is! Perhaps you saw the recent news release my NE Game and Parks compatriot Jerry Kane did with me about the unofficial start of shed deer antler hunting season in Nebraska? Nice job, Jer, by the way! If you didn’t see it, here it is. Get Outdoors for Shed Deer Antler Hunt Posted by: Jerry Kane February 12, 2015 in NGPC News Leave a comment LINCOLN ... Read More »

Let’s Talk Light Geese on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Dr. Mark Vrtiska, Waterfowl Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, visits this Saturday Morning’s (Feb. 14)Great Outdoor Radio Show. Mark, will be discussing all aspects of the current Light Goose Conservation Order hunting period on snow and Ross’s geese. The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Give us a listen! Remember that you can be part of the conversation on the program. Here are the phone numbers ... Read More »

Oddity

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I want to take a trip back to the trap line for this blog post; actually not my trap line, but my nephew’s.  A few weeks ago I was out west for a weekend and had a little time to check out some of the fur my nephew had caught this trapping season, his first.  What he really wanted to show off was one of the raccoons he trapped, something rather unusual. There are several hundred thousand raccoons taken in ... Read More »

Fancy Shots

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There is always innovation going on in the outdoor industry and no part is immune from the creative juices that flow from creative minds.  Take for example these relatively recent addition to the world of shotgun shells. Spectra Shot. Things just got more colorful in the duck blind.  Not only can you select your preferred gauge, length, shot size and charge but now your color of shot. Blue, yellow, green orange or even glow in the dark pellets are available.  ... Read More »

Memorable Snows

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I know what you’re thinking. No, this is not going to be a blog about the memorable snow storms I’ve experienced growing up in the Cornhusker State. Nope. This is a going to be blog post about the memorable times I had last year hunting snow and Ross’s geese during Nebraska’s Light Conservation Order hunting period here in Nebraska. I can favorably recall each and every experience! I saw huge flocks of light geese. I watched superb dog work. I was fortunate to harvest ... Read More »

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 »