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21 Reasons to Fall Wild Turkey Hunt in Nebraska

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It certainly is no secret that I, Greg Wagner, am VERY passionate about wild turkey hunting in Nebraska! Of course the spring season is awesome, but I really enjoy the fall season, too, and so should you! Our fall season this year kicks off on Monday, September 15th. Thus, once again, I have sat down and compiled, what I believe to be, are the 21 reasons why you should join me in buying a fall wild turkey hunting permit in ... Read More »

It’s the Weekend, GO FISH!

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I know we have had a lot of rain recently.  In fact we have had so much rain in some places that our fishing waters are running a little high right now.  Anytime the water is high, fish are likely to move right up into newly flooded areas, right to the water’s edge. . . . In some cases right up into the parking lot. One of the best times of year is upon us, you can hunt or fish right ... Read More »

Tips from Taxidermists on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Award-winning  taxidermists Mike and Greg Dinges of Dinges Taxidermy in Omaha, NE are my very special guests on this week’s edition of The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host.  The guys will be offering tips for those of us who enjoy hunting on appropriate game care in the field for mounts as well as a plethora of other helpful, useful advice regarding taxidermy work. The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM “The Zone.” You’re welcome to join the ... Read More »

The benefits of Teal

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At thirty minutes before sunrise this past Saturday one of my favorite events arrived in Nebraska – teal season.  The short season gives me an annual opportunity to renew the fondness I hold for this small duck and a chance to try out new excuses for missed shots. Blue-winged, green-winged and even cinnamon teal pass through Nebraska but they can all be summed up in one word – quick.  Teal are quick to arrive on the scene, sometimes quick to ... Read More »

Key Messages for Archery Deer Hunters on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be covering key messages for Nebraska’s popular archery deer hunting season opener on my WOWT 6 News 6 Outdoor Report this week. The season is well underway, it opened Sept. 1!  One of the messages I’ll be relaying to fellow deer hunters this season is the importance of wearing a tree stand safety harness. My friends at Outdoor Life magazine say it’s vital to be an educated “smart dummy” and use a safety harness if you’re going to be hunting from an elevated ... Read More »

Loving The Fall

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Absolutely my favorite time of year has begun. Husker football on the tv/radio and cool mornings afield. This is what I dream about all year. Granted, I will say the same thing about winter but just let me digress for a moment. The Dove opener lived up to the hype for some while a bit spotty for others. This year, resources are good and the birds are spread out in many areas. Regardless, we have had a few good hunts ... Read More »

Organic Therapy: The Sunrises and Sunsets of Hunting

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You’ve been sitting there quietly enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of nature while waiting for the wild game specie you’re hunting to appear. Then the moment comes when the sky is full of color as the top of the sun’s disc first breaks the plane of the horizon in the morning, or when the top of the sun’s disc sinks below the horizon in the evening. You marvel at the color in the sky while the  stresses of life leave you. The draw of sunrises and ... Read More »

Talkin’ Teal on TV

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Nebraska’s early teal duck hunting season opener occupies center stage on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing LIVE Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News during the sportscast. Fast-flying teal, such as these blue-winged teal pictured below, present a real challenge to the Nebraska waterfowl hunter! Proper waterfowl identification is critical during the special season because only teal are legal. This is especially crucial in the experimental early teal hunting season area of northern Nebraska where the harvest of hunters will be closely monitored and ... Read More »

Dabbling with Dove Decoys

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This blog was originally posted on August 31, 2009 but it has been updated with new information.  I like to dabble with dove decoys. That’s really all I do, it seems. Bagging doves for the grill during Nebraska’s popular dove hunting season (which opens on Sept. 1) is, well, just a bonus actually. Normally, I run out of shells before even getting close to reaching my daily bag limit during the season. I get those erratic, fast-flying doves close enough for shots, but connecting ... Read More »

Why I Hunt

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I like to hunt. I really like to hunt. A lot. You could say it’s who I am. Why? The normal clichéd answers might be that I enjoy the recreation, exercise, spending time with friends and family, the taste of game meat, or even that I’m satisfying primordial urges. All of these are important, but what I enjoy most is that hunting melts the stress of everyday life from my body. When I hunt, whether I’m sitting in the whitetail ... Read More »