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Hunter/Landowner Relations: How Sweet It Can Be!

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One of the many great things about hunting game animals and birds in Nebraska is developing a close relationship with the landowner and his or her family. In my case, besides being able to deer hunt on their river land, sweet corn is but yet another sweet reward from my own eastern Nebraska landowner friends who have become like family to me. In fact, the landowner and his family have even helped me pick a pickup load of sweet corn to take home! “Take all ... Read More »

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 »

The New, Improved CRP

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“Laws change; people die; the land remains.” – Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.  Farmers, I am one of you. I am a landowner. I manage our nearly 150 year-old family farm here in southeastern Nebraska. No, I am not some crazy, wild conservationist just because I work for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I am a crazy, wild conservationist because I am a progressive Nebraska landowner who has farmed his best ground and conserved the rest of it. Over the years I have ... Read More »

Sam Larson of ALONE on Radio

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Wilderness survival expert, 22 year-old Sam Larson of Lincoln, NE will be the featured guest on this week’s Great Outdoor Radio Show. If the name rings a bell, Sam Larson is one of 10 survivalists left in the remote Vancouver Island wilderness on the History Channel’s Alone Show. Sam and his fellow survivalists have to make it using what basic outdoor clothes they’re wearing plus 10 pieces of gear they have selected (no firearms) to be put in a small ... 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 »

Take Me to a Nebraska River

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The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are. — Lynn Noel Floating rivers in the summer is great for so many reasons! You can do it for the adventure of going somewhere you’ve never been, or you can do it to make connections and memories with people and nature. You can do it to re-trace history. You can do it to get some fresh air, Vitamin D and burn calories. ... 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 »

Snakes at Aquarium on TV!

Dennis Ferraro displaying one of his many snake specimens. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

SSSSsssss… A cool, slithering topic is on my weekly TV outdoor report this week. That’s because the popular “Snakes of Nebraska” weekend is upon us at the Ak-sar-ben Aquarium/Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna, NE! See many of Nebraska’s 29 different species of snakes up-close! The featured presenter is none other than Nebraska’s own snake man – UNL herpetologist and good friend Dennis Ferraro.   Find out more about this must-attend event for the whole family by tuning in to ... Read More »

River Tuber Reminders

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Tubing is a cool, refreshing way to kick back and pass a hot summer day leisurely floating on one of our many scenic Nebraska rivers. However, in the wake of problems with some tubers on certain Nebraska rivers like the Elkhorn, I wanted to do a quick blog post to remind those of you planning to float Nebraska rivers on inner tubes this summer of five important points in order to prevent you from encountering problems. First. Life Jackets. A U.S. Coast Guard-approved, wearable and accessible life jacket ... 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 »