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Breaking Outdoor News: Morel Mushrooms Have Emerged!

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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 »

Preview of Indian Cave’s Outdoor Adventure Day on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be previewing Indian Cave State Park’s big Spring Outdoor Adventure Day taking place this Saturday, April 18th on my WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. There will be lots of fun things for you and your family to see, do and even sample! There will also be a fun morel mushroom hunting contest you can enter! Ever been to Indian Cave about 90-minutes south of Omaha? Look below, it’s gorgeous state park! It has an array of history. The Weekly Outdoor ... Read More »

Wildcat Weekends Series Puts Focus on the Outdoors

Many fun and educational nature activities are scheduled at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering in the coming months. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The Wildcat Hills Nature Center near Gering is encouraging outdoor lovers to mark their calendars for its Wildcat Weekends series of events scheduled each month from May through December. The series will kick off Saturday, May 16, with Wildcat Hills Wildlands Day, highlighted by an 8k fun run, children’s crafts and hikes to observe birds, wildflowers and bighorn sheep. Because the event coincides with Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, no Nebraska State Park Entry Permit is required for vehicles ... Read More »

Panhandle Passages: Down Home Frog

A Boreal chorus frog peers from the shallows of Red Willow State Recreation Area. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Every photo that makes it to print in NEBRASKAland Magazine means a lot to me. Few things make a person look fondly upon a time and a place as does a good photo and it’s especially rewarding to see one in print. One particular photo — that of a Boreal chorus frog on pages 46-47 of the April issue — has special meaning to me. Frogs are great and I love the way this species fills the air with song ... Read More »

Kids Fishing Clinic at Lewis and Clark Lake SRA

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Children and parents are invited to participate in the Crofton Kids Fishing Clinic on April 25, 4-5 p.m. The clinic will be held at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area, Weigand Area, near Crofton. Clinic is limited to 50 children (under 16 years old). Certified Aquatic Education fishing instructors from the Nebraska Walleye Association Kids Fishing Clinics Charity, Inc. and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be available to instruct parents and child on casting, knot tying, bait, ... Read More »

Water Flowing to Chadron State Park Pond

The Chadron State Park pond begins to fill with water, signifying that the renovation project is nearing completion. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Water has begun flowing into the Chadron State Park pond, signifying that the renovation of the two-acre lagoon is nearing completion. Workers from Fuller Construction and park employees began diverting water Thursday morning from nearby Chadron Creek. The pond is expected to fill within 15-20 days, making it ready for fishing and paddle-boating during the summer tourism season. The pond has been empty for the construction project since it was drained in fall 2013. While empty, workers repaired its dilapidated ... Read More »

Neat Hike-Bike-Fishing Bridge Featured on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News, we’ll be showing you a neat recreational trail bridge over the Platte River near the metro where you can hike, bike or fish. Take a look at the photo below. Think you know where we are heading? This would be an ideal location to work off some of that Easter weekend ham or turkey with the family! This recreational trail bridge facility, named the Lied Platte River Trail Bridge, is ... Read More »

“Oh No, Tick!”

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On a March 14, 2015 Facebook post, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission comrade Julie Geiser found a tick on herself, and just yesterday I flicked one off of myself while working in the yard! So, it’s time for me to relay to you the blog post I did a while back about ticks, tick bite prevention and tick removal. Here it is with some updates added. The ticks are out! Ticks become active early in the spring and are one of the first biting pests we experience as the weather warms up. Ticks ... Read More »

Let’s Go RV Camping on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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On the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host, we’re going RV camping. It’s gonna be everything you’ve ever want to know about RV camping (but may have been afraid to ask)! Come along for the ride to the state recreation area campground! David and Nancy Sothan of Apache Camper Center are both scheduled to join me tomorrow morning LIVE on the show which runs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Feel free to call in to the ... Read More »

Rain Falling, Think Morels!

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With rain currently falling off and on here in southeastern Nebraska, how can one not think about harvesting morel mushrooms in several weeks, huh? Also, I want to point out the April issue of our NEBRASKAland Magazine which has a very informative article on mushrooms in it. To read the article, click here. Keep thinking morels! Read More »