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Outdoor Gem on WOWT 6 Report

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On my Weekly TV Outdoor Report, I’ll be featuring a neat, last-minute summer weekend getaway for you and your family before school starts. Look carefully at the photo, can you guess where we’re heading? Here are a couple more photographic hints for you. That’s right, we’re going to the scenic Long Pine Creek area at Long Pine in the north-central Nebraska, home of the Long Pine Creek State Recreation Area/Wildlife Management Area complex and the Cowboy Recreational & Nature Trail.  ... Read More »

Catfishin’ on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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Who doesn’t love to catch channel catfish in Nebraska waters this time of year, huh? You may recall from a recent blog post by Daryl Bauer that bonus-sized, 4-pound channel catfish were just stocked in a couple locations around our area for your summer fishing. So, I’ll be prodding you to step outside and fish for post-spawn, hungry channel catfish during the cooler parts of the day and offer some universal tips to help improve your catfishing success on my Weekly TV ... Read More »

Water Sports on Radio Show

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Water sports/boating-related activities take center stage on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Lindsey McKinstry, Water Sports Expert at the Scheels Store in Omaha, NE, will be my special guest. We’ll cover waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and a whole lot more! The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST each and every Saturday morning on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” You’re always welcome to call the program with any topic-oriented questions you have at either of these phone numbers: ... Read More »

State of Misconception

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“I am standing here in the middle of this field, and all I see is this grass, and sky, and it is effortless to breath.” – Source Unknown There is still a classic case of misrepresentation, rather a state of misconception happening with regard to the great state of Nebraska where I live. Just ask my new neighbors in Dundee Omaha! This blog post is for them and you to get an idea of just how Nebraska is such a state of diverse, ... Read More »

WOWT 6’s Family Fishing Night!

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You and your family are invited to come join us at our annual Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Sports Family Fishing Night at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE this Thursday night, July 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. Find out how fun fishing is! Lake Halleck is located just a quarter mile to the east of the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets in downtown Papillion. We at Game and Parks will be furnishing the fishing tackle and bait as well as fishing instruction for your hands-on fishing enjoyment! Family fishing ... Read More »

Six Reasons to Bluegill Fish

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Maybe it’s the kid in me, I don’t know. But, at 52 years of age (approaching 53), I still enjoy catching bluegill from the bank in summer, how about you? I know, I know, the lowly bluegill, a sunfish family member with more nicknames than a popular sports figure, is a prey species that doesn’t get very big. Why would I waste my time along the shoreline or on a pier catching and releasing THIS FISH? Let me tell you. In my view, doing battle ... Read More »

Go Boating on Radio Show

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Herb Angell, who’s heads the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Boating Law Enforcement Section, drops by my Great Outdoor Radio Show on Saturday morning to talk about various boating-related topics and of course, water safety, for the big 4th of July holiday weekend and the entire summer. Here’s Herb on boat patrol in the Missouri River! You’ll find our Nebraska boating discussion to be light, conversational and very informative. One of the key boating safety messages we’ll be emphasizing is for you, to: ... Read More »

Special Family Fishing Night

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On my weekly TV outdoor report, I’ll be inviting you and your family to come to come join me for a fun, special Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Family Fishing Night event at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE next week. It’ll take place from 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, July 9th at the lake which is located just a quarter mile to the east of the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets in downtown Papillion. It’s nice! Look below. You’ll note that we at Game and Parks provide the ... Read More »

Canoe the Niobrara on WOWT 6

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Grab a life jacket and hop aboard, we’re gonna canoe the spring-fed waters of the gorgeous Niobrara River east of Valentine, NE this week on my WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. I’ll talk about and show you why a summer float trip on this Nebraska water trail through an outfitter should be on everyone’s bucket list! Weekday trips are strongly suggested to avoid a lot of other water traffic on this scenic river. The ecologically unique Niobrara River valley is also home to the ... Read More »

Radio Show features Big Mac

Photo Source: Daryl Bauer/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Nebraska’s massive, scenic outdoor playground, the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala recreational complex in Keith County will be highlighted on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. This is a popular location for fishing, boating, water sports, camping and sightseeing. Lake McConaughy’s water capacity is expected to reach 100 percent later this month! My special guests will be Elise Lockhart of the Keith County Visitors Committee and Colby Johnson who is the Superintendent of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Obviously, fishing will ... Read More »