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Hunting related articles and blogs from the staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Oh Happy Day!


Tomorrow is the opener of our Nebraska spring shotgun turkey season.  Yessssssss!  Actually, many Nebraska hunters have been actively hunting spring toms since March 25 with bow, crossbows and arrows.  And beginning last Saturday youth permit holders could get after ‘em with a shotgun.  But, the next time the sun rises, it will be “on” for the rest of us. My kids and my hunt started a couple of weeks ago now.  To be successful, we have learned to spend ... Read More »

Daryl Bauer Comes to The Great Outdoor Radio Show


He has graced the cover of our NEBRASKAland Magazine.He’s a fisheries biologist who absolutely, positively loves to fish and catch BIG FISH (I swear there’s gills under those whiskers, HA!) and blog about all of it here. And, he’s coming to my outdoor talk radio show this Saturday morning, April 18th, to talk “fins, fungi and feathers?” Make it a point to not miss Nebraska’s popular fish, fishing and outdoor guru Daryl Bauer of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission when he joins me – ... Read More »

Breaking Outdoor News: Morel Mushrooms Have Emerged!


The morel mushroom harvest season is officially underway here in Nebraska, woo-hoo! Friends, co-workers, and acquaintances of mine are finding morels now in the moister, grassy areas of river bottom woodlands here in southeastern Nebraska near dead and decaying hardwood trees like cottonwoods. That being stated, I have some very important reminders to share from us at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with you – the morel mushroom hunter. First and foremost, make certain you have landowner permission to ... Read More »

10 Tips for Taking Kids Turkey Hunting


This weekend marks the opening of Nebraska’s 2015 youth shotgun spring wild turkey hunting season. Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE, myself, and many, many others at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continue to work hard to pass along that wonderful wild turkey hunting heritage to young people and instill in an interest in the lifestyle with an appreciation for nature and the game specie. With that stated, here are Rich and I’s top ten tips for taking kids spring wild turkey hunting. Remember ... Read More »

Pretty Fake

Old Meets New

When I started chasing gobblers in the spring very few people used them. Now many feel naked if they walk into the field without a turkey decoy or three. I hunted several years before getting my first fake which was made of foam and looked more looney tunes than lonely hen.  But I put her to use with some great results. In the (over) two decades that have passed since then turkey decoys have changed – a lot.  As manufacturing ... Read More »

Youth Shotgun Turkey Season Featured on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Nebraska’s youth spring shotgun wild turkey hunting season will be featured on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST during the sportscast with Ross Jernstrom!  I’ll be giving you the primary details of the season, which opens this Saturday (April 11th), and emphasizing that the permit price for a youth turkey permit is only $5.00! I’ll also be encouraging adult hunters to share what they know by taking a youth out turkey hunting. Spring wild ... Read More »

Window to Nature


I’ve been in the field a lot archery/crossbow spring wild turkey hunting with my buddy, Jim Druliner, a.k.a. Jimmy D., from a portable, camouflaged, pop-up blind in rural eastern Nebraska. As I always say “hunting is not about the harvest, but the experience.” It has been an exciting experience seeing nature in early spring! Here are just some of the various wildlife species we’ve seen. Take a look with us through the lens. Before I began this blog, I was going to list all the reasons why I ... Read More »

Early Season Turkeys Can Be Fickle


It is hard to type on the ipad as I sit here strapped to my bow release.  But we are finally back in the spring turkey woods.  Aaaaah does it feel good to be  home.   I almost forgot how fickle these early season birds can be. Throughout the winter, turkeys have been grouped up into winter flocks.  Partly because resources are limited and partly because they had nothing better to do.  Now that we are entering the early phases ... Read More »

Turpin Talks Turkey on Great Outdoor Radio Show


On this Saturday morning, April 4, 2015,  I bring the “Grandmaster of Nebraska Spring Wild Turkey Hunting” to you on my Great Outdoor Radio Show. Who is the “Grandmaster of Nebraska Spring Wild Turkey Hunting?” It’s this man! None other than legendary turkey hunter, veteran turkey call maker and humorist Dick Turpin of Lincoln, NE! Dick joins me along with his sidekick Dudley Moore on the show airing Saturday morning  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM ... Read More »