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What Is a Trophy?

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I am old-fashioned enough that I still have a Webster’s New World Dictionary sitting on my desk top at all times, it is directly off my right shoulder.  The internet is great and I use it for a lot of my “word needs”, definitions, spelling, synonyms, etc., but the good ole red, hard-covered dictionary is still a very useful tool.  If you look up the word “trophy” in that book, you will find a whole list of definitions.  I like ... Read More »

Go Big Red Means Go Outdoors

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 “Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” Question: When is the absolute best time to go outdoors – hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. in the fall here in Nebraska? I’ll tell you. There’s no debating it either. It’s a Saturday (like the one coming up) when the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team is playing a game during the daytime on television. Home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln take even more people away from the woods, waters and prairies here in Nebraska ... Read More »

Don’t Forget Your Duck Call

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Duck seasons are in full swing in much of Nebraska right now and where they are not open, they soon will be.  From the predictions I have heard, it should be a great season. I enjoy the variety of fishing AND hunting opportunities we have in Nebraska, I like to dabble (pardon the pun) in all of them, but I have to admit to you that I am not a big waterfowl hunter.  I own exactly 13 duck decoys, has to ... Read More »

Panhandle Passages: The Great White Turkey

Wild turkeys, one of which is likely a "smoky gray" phase bird, walk through grass in the Nebraska National Forest. (Photo by Justin Haag)

As I was driving through the Nebraska National Forest southeast of Chadron on Thursday, a pleasant surprise greeted me as I rounded a bend in the road. Discovering a flock of wild turkeys is certainly no cause for amazement these days but one bird predominantly covered by white feathers stood out among the group. The big bird didn’t give me much time to get a photo before it disappeared over the horizon, but you should be able to see that ... Read More »

Author, Sportsman on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Published outdoor writer and well-traveled Midwestern sportsman Greg Medlin of Omaha, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show this week to visit with you. You’ll find Greg very interesting and highly informative especially when it comes to raccoons, raccoon hunting and furbearer conservation in Nebraska. this time of year! Here’s the cover of Greg’s much-acclaimed book about raccoon hunting. Get the opportunity to talk with Greg about raccoons, raccoon hunting and much, much more on The Great Outdoor Radio ... Read More »

An Old Coot Trick

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It happens just about every year.  The ducks that are around have been around for a while and they seem to have it all figured out.  They not only avoid your decoys, many disappear during shooting hours and those that stick around land on the wrong side of the pond. Some call it the October Lull.  But all of us wildfowlers grumble bad words as we watch our lonely dekes bobbing in the water. We try our best to derive ... Read More »

Youth Upland Game Bird Weekend on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On WOWT 6 Outdoors this week, I’ll be highlighting Nebraska’s two-day youth upland game bird hunting season that will be taking place this the weekend of October 18th & 19th. I’ll be mentioning a few public places not far from Omaha where we at Game and Parks will be releasing adult rooster pheasants for the kids and their mentors to hunt. As a reminder, my Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST during ... Read More »

BOW Workshop Empowers Women

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Nestled in beautiful fall colors and cool temperatures of the Nebraska National Forest, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop was held last weekend at the 4-H camp near Halsey. The BOW workshop is a place where women of all backgrounds and ages gather to learn more about the outdoors in a non-intimidating, friendly environment. It is a weekend of hands-on experiences, learning new skills, making new friends, renewing old friendships and having a great time. I write about this ... Read More »

23 years of Firsts – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

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The 23rd Annual Nebraska Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend took place this past weekend in the Nebraska National Forest – Bessey Unit, near Halsey, NE.  What a tremendous weekend it was, too.  Some great October weather was made even better as 110 adult women came together to talk nature, conservation, fishing, hunting and shooting. You can check out some pics from this weekend on the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Nebrask Facebook Page. With 65% of the women attending for the first time ... Read More »

Harvested a Doe, Let’s Chat on Twitter

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I harvested a nice, healthy, adult white-tailed deer doe this morning with a firearm at the request of a landowner friend in Nebraska’s 2014 River Antlerless Deer Hunting Season. Saw a pretty good number of deer! Hey, let’s talk about Nebraska deer hunting or anything related to Nebraska’s outdoors LIVE online via a Twitter chat this Wednesday, October 8th from Noon to 1 p.m. CST. You can simply tweet your questions or comments to me using @NEGameandParks and ‪#‎AskWags‬. See you in ... Read More »