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Tag along with Greg Wagner at “In the Wild with Greg Wagner.” “Wags” will share his knowledge of the outdoors with you and encourage you to get out into the wild and enjoy what Nebraska has to offer.

Bucks for Gifts


Today is Black Friday, the big shopping day to kick off the holiday season and Monday is Cyber Monday the largest online shopping day of the year.  I am here at home blogging (before the Husker/Hawkeye football game) while my wife is working at The Nebraska Medical Center and my daughter Emma is still out shopping after pulling an all-nighter going after those tremendous deals on holiday gift items at various stores for the family. Well,  Emma, the best deal for ‘dear old’ Dad here, the all-around Nebraska outdoor ... Read More »

Extremely Grateful for Things in Nature


There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great country of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of things of which to be thankful. The Nebraska skies and grasslands are among them. During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful  for while I was in the field. As you read through these, ... Read More »

Respect, Admire and Value Harvested Deer


I do not hunt for the joy of killing but for the joy of living and the inexpressible pleasure of mingling my life however briefly with that of a wild creature that I respect, admire and value. – John Madson  I continue to thoroughly enjoy this 2014 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season in its final stretch and I hope you are as well. I always like to capture some of the more unique images of deer harvested during the firearm season with a camera. I must admit ... Read More »

All About Family, Outdoor Experiences and Nature

My cousin Mark on family farm with three different types of habitat converging.

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -
Aristotle. I am currently out in the field participating in Nebraska’s firearm deer hunting season which runs through this Sunday, November 23rd. It was great to hunt with my brother Steve and also my cousin Mark this past weekend. I keep telling you that firearm deer hunting for me is all about enjoying family, outdoor experiences and nature. Here are some photos I took that reflect those things. If you are firearm ... Read More »

Conservation Officer Rich Berggren on Great Outdoor Radio Show


Don’t miss Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Nov. 15th, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I pre-recorded the one-hour long show on “The Zone” covering various do’s and don’ts, plus regulation reminders and information for Nebraska’s big 9-day firearm deer hunting season on its opening morning. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field.   You’ll find this program to be quite ... Read More »

Preview of Firearm Deer Season on WOWT 6 Outdoors


I’ll be offering a quick preview of Nebraska’s popular firearm deer hunting season (which opens Saturday, Nov. 15th) on my WOWT 6 News outdoor segment. The season looks promising!   There have already been some nice white-tailed deer bucks taken during the archery deer hunting season such as this one by Tanner Podraza of Columbus, NE.  I’ll also be giving you a few fast tips on staying warm if time allows. My Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE Thursday evening on the station’s  6 p.m. CST ... Read More »

Omaha Deer Check Station Update


Just a short note to let you folks know that we in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha Office will be checking in deer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST  during the 9-day regular firearm deer hunting season. Our new location, 8495 Frederick Street, is located about 1/4 mile north of I-80 on 84th Street behind the Bucky’s Gas Station in the Frederick Plaza. The phone number is 402-595-2144. Here’s the front of our office. Please note that ... Read More »

Firearm Deer Season: Enjoying the Experience, Making Memories


We are now just under one week away from the opening day of Nebraska’s largest hunt – the firearm deer hunting season. It opens this Saturday, November 15th. I can hardly wait! This is one of the absolute best times of year to be outside with the deer rut happening! My lovely wife Polly of 26 years says that everything comes to a grinding halt in the Wagner family with the opening of that deer season. It’s a wonderful tradition though. For many ... Read More »

Ray Schuette on Great Outdoor Radio Show


It’s the prime time to take to the tree stand for an archery deer hunt here in Nebraska! Archery deer hunting expert Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE pays a special visit to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is an accomplished bowhunter and is a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program.    You’ll find Ray highly informative, friendly and engaging. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I ... Read More »

Venison Donation Programs Highlighted on WOWT 6 Outdoors


I’ll be highlighting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s two venison donation programs on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this evening! The  two programs that support deer donation in Nebraska are Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) and the Deer Exchange. HHH is funded completely by donations from the public and pays for the processing of whole field-dressed deer that hunters donate at any participating HHH deer processor. The online Deer Exchange program allows hunters who want to donate venison to link ... Read More »