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“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 »

Update on Lake Wanahoo’s Fishery on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be giving you an update on the Lake Wanahoo fishery near Wahoo, NE on this week’s WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report. You’ll wanna tune in and find out how things are going there and get a status report on the sampling of the fishery and the fishing outlook for this spring and summer, I’m sure. Hint, hint … wink, wink … nod, nod … the northern pike in the lake are even bigger than  when these pics were taken! The ... Read More »

Birding in Omaha: The Cool Birds of Carter, Kiwanis

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“When I am birdwatching, I experience what psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls “flow.” I lose the sense of time; I lose the sense of being encapsulated in a body with all its hungers, aches, and limitations. I get lost in beauty and harmony, memory and knowledge, pattern and depth. The borders between senses dissolve and I experience synesthesia.” Danusha Goska, American Thinker. I’ve been wanting to get there for sometime to check out the various bird species. I have no excuses. ... Read More »

Lewis and Clark Lake SRA Acquires Fire Truck for $1

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Dave Kinnamon, park superintendent at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area (SRA), has had his share of experience with fire. Before accepting his current position at the SRA near Crofton in late 2013, Kinnamon served as park superintendent at Chadron State Park in western Nebraska, where he helped to combat the forest fires of 2012. Prior to leaving Chadron, Kinnamon helped the park obtain a surplus fire truck from the City of Seward Fire and Rescue to allow park ... Read More »

Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, March 14th, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, boating, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for fishing, spring wild turkey hunting, plus other outdoor activities. Rich enjoys coming to the studio ... Read More »

Go Outdoors, Take a Hike on WOWT 6 Outdoors!

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I’ll be encouraging you and your family to take advantage of this great spring-like weather we’re having and go for a hike  in a state recreation area near Omaha on this week’s edition my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. The outdoor report airs Thursdays on the station’s 6 p.m. (CST) newscast during the sports segment with Ross Jernstrom. Can you guess where we’re going from the photo below? Here’s another quick hint from the area’s scenic overlook. ... Read More »

Troop Muster at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

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Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, one of America’s best preserved frontier forts, will soon host dozens of military and civilian living historians and reenactors. On April 18-19, step back in time to 1865 to experience a day in the life of soldiers and civilians living on an army post on the Great Plains. Events will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Members of the Great Plains Garrison, a coalition of regional reenactors and ... Read More »

Marsh Madness 2015 at Ponca State Park

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March is Nebraska’s peak month for viewing waterfowl. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the migration at Ponca State Park through bird viewing tours, nature hikes, bird-related activities and crafts every Saturday in March. Park lodging will be offered at 30% discount. Ponca State Park is listed as an Important Bird Area in Nebraska by the National Audubon Society, and Nebraska wetlands, including those along the Missouri River, may experience more than 500,000 ducks and geese this month. More than ... Read More »