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Scenic Mid-Winter Family Getaway On WOWT 6 Outdoors


I’ll be featuring a scenic, neat mid-winter family getaway on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. We’ll be heading just over two hours north of the metro area to this scenic destination. Nature is the main theme at this premiere Nebraska state park land. Figured out where we’re going yet? How about another photographic hint? See some cool video and find out more about this beautiful state park by tuning in to my outdoor segment which airs LIVE tonight (Thursday, Jan. ... Read More »

Bald Eagle Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Don’t miss my weekly TV outdoor report this Thursday night when we cover bald eagle viewing in Nebraska and not far from the metro area! Who doesn’t enjoy seeing bald eagles in the wild at places like De Soto Refuge, huh? I certainly do! Learn more about winter bald eagle viewing by tuning in to my outdoor segment which airs on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 LIVE Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. CST sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. Unable to view the live broadcast of the report? Take note that video replays ... Read More »

Indoor Outdoors Event Season Kicks Off


Get ready, in the Omaha-Metro area the indoor outdoors-related event season kicks off this weekend! So, I thought it would be the ideal time to prepare a list of upcoming these events for you to have. Look for us – your Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees at these upcoming outdoors-related events around the metro area: - River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat and RV Expo, Jan. 16-18, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA - Outdoorsman/woman Flea Market and ... Read More »

An Outdoor Challenge for 2015

How many shots will you fire in 2015?

Resolutions are popular this time of year, both in their making and breaking. I have a few annual resolutions myself: get organized and spend more time outdoors.  Ok…being as creative as I am about the placement and random storage of needed items, getting organized by the standard definition is a pipe dream.  But I do plan on increasing my time outside. And making it better, too, by measuring it differently this year.  I challenge you to do the same… How ... Read More »

Platte River State Park’s Yule Log Quest, Do It!


So, what are you and your family doing this Saturday afternoon? Nothing? Have plans, scrap ‘em. Because, Platte River State Park’s 2nd Annual Yule Log Quest/Fun Winter Activities Day will be happening! The park landscape is beautiful this time of year, perfect for a scavenger hunt of sorts called a Yule log quest! If you’re wondering about the Yule log quest, it is not your traditional run/walk race. Your pre-registered team of 3 to 5 members will be tested mentally ... Read More »

First Day Hike at Ponca State Park

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Ponca State Park is offering a healthy start to your new year with a “First Day Hike”. Guests are welcome to take part in unguided hikes or in a scavenger hunt-style hike. Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up at the Resource and Education Center. At 1:30 p.m., join park naturalists for a guided hike on Bigley’s Ravine Trail. Participants should dress accordingly and bring a water bottle, camera and/or binoculars. At the conclusion of the hike, stop in at ... Read More »

Fifteen Fun Things to Do in Outdoor Nebraska in 2015


Looking for some ideas on what to do outdoors in 2015? Here are fifteen fun and interesting things I think you should consider doing in Nebraska’s outdoor scene in the new year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015! 1. Mentor youth in your favorite outdoor activity.   2. Visit a place you’ve never been. 3. Experience living history at a state historical park. 4. Take a back road. 5. Do something you’ve never done, learn a new outdoor skill. 6. Float a river.   7. Harvest wild edibles to eat.   ... Read More »

Holiday Season: Thankful for the Beauty of Nature


It’s the holiday season and I’m thankful for the beauty of nature in Nebraska. I am thankful for the sky.   I am thankful for the breathtaking views of the landscape.   I am thankful for the diversity of habitat. Grasslands.   Wetlands.   Woodlands.   Water.   And, yes, even cropland.   I am thankful for all free-ranging, living creatures. Large.   Medium.   And, small.   I am thankful for being allowed to harvest nature’s bounty.   I am thankful for ... Read More »

Rent a State Park Cabin on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Did you know that cabins and other lodging facilities are available for rental this time of year at five Nebraska state park lands with various discounts and special packages? They sure are! You may even be able to rent one for a night or two over this holiday period with your family! Find out which ones and more about state park lodging by tuning in to my Weekly Outdoor Report this Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. CST sportscast with Ross ... Read More »