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Talkin’ Teal on TV

Blue-winged teal in flight.

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

Steve O’Hare and Eric Fowler spending one of many fall mornings hunting geese.  
Eric Fowler/NEBRASKAland Magazine

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 »

Why Hunt the Husker State?

Youth, hunting dog and Canada geese.

Mixed bag opportunity. Not much pressure. Reasonably priced permits and stamps. Mobile apps for information and some permits. Special $5.00 youth permits. Long seasons. Generous bag limits. Great tradition. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and the nicest folks you’ll meet anywhere! WHEW! Believe it or not, those are just some of the reasons why I think you should consider planning a hunting trip here in Nebraska this fall or winter! Having lived in Nebraska all of my life and traveled the state extensively, ... Read More »

Turning Ten: The Missouri River Outdoor Expo

Jon Farrar/NEBRASKAland Magazine

More than 52,000 visitors in two days. Nearly 1,000 volunteers. Over 100 hands-on exhibits. Sixteen trolleys. Three locations in one park. Two world-record holders. One decade. As the Missouri River Outdoor Expo reaches a number of milestones, perhaps the most notable is the countless memories created each year at Ponca State Park. Located along the Missouri River near Ponca, the park transforms into a busy city – Nebraska’s fourth largest during the event – accommodating thousands of outdoor enthusiasts of ... Read More »

Pre-Season Prep for Hunters on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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The Nebraska Cornhusker football team is practicing and fall high school sports practices begin on Monday, so it’s time for us who enjoy hunting in Nebraska to begin our pre-season preparation work as well. Find out some key things that need to be done for hunting on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing live on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight at 6 p.m. CST during the sports segment. If you miss the live broadcast of the outdoor report, you have some options.Video replays of the report are always available after ... Read More »

Teeing Off for Hunting Dog Rescue

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This Saturday, August 9th, I will be participating in the 2nd Annual Scheels Camo Classic Golf Tournament at the Miracle Hill Golf Course in Omaha, NE to help promote and allow for tax-deductible contributions to made to the Great Plains Pointer Rescue, Inc. organization. Come join me, there are still some openings for this way-too-much-fun event for a super cause! Now listen, my golf skills are atrocious, but who really cares, right? By the way, me and my Game and ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Exaggeration Postcards

Photo Source: Nebraska State Historical Society.

Fishing and hunting yarns and photos have always been part of Nebraska’s great outdoor scene. Beginning in the early 1900s and for decades thereafter, Nebraska postcards depicted altered, exaggerated images of game, fish and agriculture. These were done to promote the unique aspects of a place or product as well as to document local history. They were also used to lure folks to the Cornhusker State to hunt, fish or visit. Considered western-style humor, these exaggeration postcards were extremely popular ... Read More »

Nature’s Market

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Who needs a farmer’s market, when you have nature’s market. That’s what I say! As an example, we are nearing the time when many Nebraska wild, native fruits and berries are ready to be picked, eaten in the field, or made into jams, jellies, pies, cobblers, syrups and wines. The fruits/berries of crab apple, chokecherry, ground cherry, sand cherry, gooseberry, blackberry, elderberry, buffalo berry, currant, wild grape and plum all should now be checked and monitored in your region for ripeness. Of course, mulberries are available. ... Read More »

Kyle Simpson on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Platte River landowner, conservationist, sportsman, expert waterfowl hunter and good friend Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show which uniquely covers the Nebraska outdoor scene. This is a show you won’t want to miss! Hopefully I’ll get Kyle to share more information about his famous ‘cottonwood (grilled) chicken’ recipe with us! Here is a video presentation on this delicious outdoor cooking entrée. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs each and every Saturday morning  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN ... Read More »