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Decoy Maker Jim Druliner on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Popular decoy maker and avid waterfowl hunter Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk about Canada goose hunting in Nebraska plus other hunting and waterfowl-related subjects.  I think Jim spends more time in the goose blind than at home, HA!   Jim is the designer/producer of the widely used Sillosocks Darn Fine (Windsock) Decoys for waterfowl hunting. Jim likes to use his decoys with other commercially made ones in a spread.   ... Read More »

Snow Birds

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With snow in the forecast last night, and looking to escape the indoor office thing, I snuck in a quick bird hunt this morning.  This was the first halfway decent snow in my hunting area since I was sidetracked by the November rifle deer season.  And as most bird hunters know a new snow on a landscape where there wasn’t any before is a wonderful thing (First Snow). With a chill in the air and snow underfoot, Carrot, my diminutive ... Read More »

Hunting Nebraska’s Reservoirs

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Big water reservoirs are often hunted by Nebraska Game and Parks commissioner Lynn Berggren along with family and friends. Commissioners Berggren, Jerrod Burke and Norris Marshall along with Burke’s son Logan, and Berggren’s sons Kevin and Pat and grandson Kaleb were all out waterfowl hunting this past month – making lasting memories and enjoying morning sunrises. Part of hunting is spending time with family and friends, chasing sunrises and sunsets and enjoying time spent together in the field or on ... Read More »

Kreitman Family Duck Hunt – 10 Year-Old Tucker Takes the First Blue Bill

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[ Submitted by Commissioner Mick Jensen] – Two weeks before Thanksgiving, Nov. 4 -6, I had the opportunity to do some duck hunting at the Flying V with Dan Kreitman and family who had purchased the opportunity at the Big Game Society’s annual meeting at Wilderness Ridge. The hunt package included two nights lodging, with meals and three days of excellent duck hunting on the Missouri River by Niobrara. On the first day of the hunt in the floating blind ... Read More »

Family Muzzleloader Deer Hunt in Northeast NE

The Luther family (Todd, Chase, Stacy and Brady) with Stacy's first deer.

On the weekend of December 6 -7, the Luther family from Omaha and the Netherton family from Fairbury traveled to Knox County to deer hunt for the first time. The muzzleloader doe hunt took place on the Jessen Ranch near Center. Leased by Chris Edwards of Big Red Outdoors, Edwards offered to open up his lease for this two-day hunt. Husband and wife Todd and Stacy Luther brought their 11-year-old son Chase and 10-year-old son Brady, while Troy and Paula ... Read More »

Huntin’ Geese? You Don’t Need Water

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Water along with some ice shelves are great for hunting Canada geese this time of year, no question.     It sure is nice to be able hunt the Canadas (“Cans” as I like to call them) over that water scenario from the warm confines of a heated pit blind with some of the comforts of home.     But, do you really need water and pit blinds to successfully hunt Canada geese in Nebraska? No, not necessarily. Field hunting for Canadas is a ton of fun! It’s also much cheaper, easier and quicker ... Read More »

Sunset Deer

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I am going to steal a photo from my nephew’s FaceBook page for this Friday’s blog post.  He got this on one of his trail cameras recently: Obviously it was purely fortuitous that he got that picture, but you can get some really amazing pictures with trail cameras.  Professional wildlife photographers use them too; they may be a little more sophisticated than the versions used by avid deer hunters, but the technology is the same. Yes, trail cams allow us to ... Read More »

The Forget-Me-Not-Five (and Other Regulations) for Waterfowl Hunting

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It’s December in Nebraska and it’s filled with many hunting traditions as family and friends get together for the holidays. Many hunters I know, including myself, are gonna be concentrating on hunting waterfowl, most notably Canada geese. With that in mind, I was told the other day by our local conservation officer Rich Berggren out of Waterloo, NE as well as avid waterfowl hunter, Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE, that I should remind waterfowlers of some general regulations. So, here goes. Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older ... Read More »

A Western Nebraska Hunt for a Westerner

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CRAWFORD – In order to find success, one hunter this week made the 430-mile journey from Western, Nebraska, to Western Nebraska. Yes, you read that right. Johnny Barta, a big game hunter from Western, Nebraska (the village near Fairbury, not the region), visited the butte country of western Nebraska (the region, not the village) to fill the state’s lone bighorn sheep tag. His hunt ended successfully at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, when he bagged a trophy ram at Fort Robinson ... Read More »

Firearm Season Kick Off Party an Eight Year Tradition at QC Supply

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[Submitted by Commissioner Mick Jensen] I recently had the opportunity to observe and be a part of a very interesting and fun event in Schuyler. Lonnie kit, founder and CEO of QC Supply in Schuyler, asked that I speak to his employees and families at a very unique event! For the last eight years Lonnie has  hosted a “Hunters After Hour” event on the Thursday before the Saturday deer firearm opener.  He provides a fantastic meal and door prizes. An ... Read More »