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Turning 10: The Missouri River Outdoor Expo

Missouri River boat rides are a popular activity at 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 »

Fox Hunting in the Sandhills

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Bob Grier wrote a story called Horses and Hounds in the 1994 April issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine. Twenty years later, I’m revisiting the same subject, except this time, I will be telling the story and photographing from horseback. My story on Nebraska fox hunting is still a work in progress, but since our bloggers here love to write about themselves, I guess this is a perfect opportunity for me to do the same. If there is one thing I love ... Read More »

Reel ‘em in Roadtrip: Labor Day Weekend

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With high expectations Commissioner Burke and I spent a few hours on the water at Johnson Lake to kick off the holiday weekend. Trolling is the method we prefer, however after two-plus hours we drew the big goose egg! Saturday morning I left Johnson early to meet the Forney brothers and son Shane at Lake McConaughy. The walleye bite has been strong all summer and I always enjoy outings with a new group. Trolling nine hours produced four good catfish and, finally, the last ... Read More »

Fair Bound

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Tomorrow morning I’ll be bound for our brand new Nebraska Game and Parks Commission exhibit at the NE State Fair in Grand Island’s Fonner Park. I can’t wait to work it all day! Our free exhibit area is bigger and better than ever! Called the Nebraska Outdoor Encounter it encompasses over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space in the Nebraska Building and features unique displays and interactive activities designed to get people outdoors. Take a look at a few photos of it snapped by fellow Game ... Read More »

Archaeology Tours at Fort Atkinson SHP

Volunteer interpreters make Fort Atkinson SHP come alive every summer with demonstrations of period trades, crafts and military activities.

September is Nebraska Archaeology Month and staff of the Nebraska State Historical Society will lead tours of the archaeological sites at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), to be held concurrently with the Fort’s Living History weekend on September 6 and 7. At 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, archaeologist Nolan Johnson will lead tours of the numerous structures and facilities located on the grounds of this National Historical Landmark. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Rob Bozell ... Read More »

Football Fans Tailgate at State Parks on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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With the kick off of football season around Nebraska (high school and college), on my WOWT 6 News outdoors segment I’ll be encouraging you to leave a little early for your game and tailgate in one of many Nebraska’s many state park lands. For those traveling from Omaha to Lincoln via Highway 6 for the Husker game Saturday afternoon, I’ll be telling you to leave a bit early and stop at this quiet, quaint state recreation area to grill some ... Read More »

Fort Hartsuff SHP to Host Historic Firearms Display

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Fort Hartsuff State Historic Park, in conjunction with the Grand Army of the Frontier (GAF), will present “The Timeline of American Military Firearms 1860-1990” on October 4 and 5 , 2014. Visitors will view a collection of original and reproduced firearms that were used by the American military, beginning with the muzzleloading firearms of the Civil War to the more modern weapons utilized in Desert Storm. GAF members dressed in period uniforms along with Col. Jerry Davenport, Department of the ... Read More »

Plum Wild, Good and Ready!

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We’re deep into our Nebraska summer and that means one thing regarding wild edibles — tasty, ripe plums! Have you checked your rural wild plum thickets yet? You should. The deep hues of purples, red and yellows are now apparent on the wild plum trees growing on my buddy’s farm in eastern Nebraska long the Elkhorn River. Look closely. You’ll know when the wild plums are ready for harvest because their flesh will be firm, but somewhat soft when pinched and they’ll almost drop from the thicket with the barest touch or ... Read More »

Great Outdoor Event for Women on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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On my WOWT 6 Outdoor Report this week, I’ll be featuring  and promoting the 2014 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) event coming up the first weekend in October at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey. Space remains for this outdoor education program which is a hands-on, fun, camaraderie-filled one designed to give women the basic skills to become active participants in the outdoor lifestyle; including activities related to fishing, boating, hunting, hiking and camping to name a few. Check out these photos from past BOW ... Read More »

Footsteps Through McKelvie

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A lot of people can tell you about the beauty of the Sandhills from the road, the forever green dunes rolling by at sixty five miles an hour. Or they can wax poetic from the seat of a canoe or tube—the slow meander of sandy bluffs and horizontal cedar trees. To many Nebraskans, the Sandhills are its scenic secret, an entire ecology different from anything else in the world.  But the very thing that makes them so beautiful also makes ... Read More »