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Grand Opening!

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Just a few weeks ago I told you about the opening of the new Kramper Lake near Hubbard, Nebraska, Another New Fishing Hole!  The lake has been open to fishing since that time, but now they are fixing to do it right with a big grand opening event. Learn more here, Danish Alps State Recreation Area and Kramper Lake. Watch the video. . . . See some more pictures, Danish Alps Flickr Album. Do not expect any large fish yet, ... 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 »

Snakes at Aquarium on TV!

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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 »

Be Vigilant

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I hope by now that all users of Nebraska’s aquatic resources, boaters, skiers, anglers, swimmers, etc., are aware of the threat from aquatic invasive species.  Surveys have shown that most are, but it is always good to keep this topic in the forefront.  With recent legislation, our state’s efforts to educate and prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species will ramp up in the coming years.  For now, I found an article by one of my co-workers, Jenny Nguyen, that tells ... Read More »

Nebraska Wildlife Rehab on Radio

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It’ll be an exciting, highly informative hour of outdoor talk radio when Laura Stastny, Executive Director of Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. based in Louisville, NE, visits The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host.   The primary mission of Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. is to rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned native Nebraska wildlife and migratory birds for return to the wild. The organization is also a huge promoter of educating folks about the importance of wildlife, conservation and ecosystems as well as maintaining and restoring native wildlife ... Read More »

Another New Fishing Hole!

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Another long-awaited, new reservoir has opened for fishing!  Anglers grab your gear! Danish Alps State Recreation Area to open for public use LINCOLN — Danish Alps State Recreation Area (SRA) near Hubbard will open to the public  on Wednesday, July 8, at 9 a.m. The 746-acre area includes RV and tent camping, equestrian camping facilities, day use areas, a walking and hiking trail and excellent angling and wildlife watching opportunities. Kramper Reservoir, a 226-acre lake, was planned with shoreline fishing ... Read More »

Behind the scenes: invasives testing

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Story and Photos by Sarah Kocher Simply put, JoLeisa Cramer’s job has one focus: how things spread. Cramer is a technician for the Nebraska Invasive Species Program, and half of her job is about spreading awareness of the destruction invasive species almost always leave in their wake. The other half involves testing lakes for aquatic invasive species to prevent their introduction or growth. She spreads one to stop the other. “Prevention is the best tool we have for invasive species,” ... Read More »

Angler Access Improvements

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Quick blog post today; just want to again call attention to some angler access and aquatic habitat improvement projects that are underway–your angler dollars at work! Project to Improve Angler Access at Sandy Channel SRA LINCOLN – Anglers who fish at Sandy Channel State Recreation Area (SRA) in Buffalo County will soon have improved fishing access at three of the most popular lakes on the area. Lakes No. 2, No. 4 and No. 8 all have projects slated to improve ... Read More »

Hug an Angler

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OK, this is a commercial about Colorado, I know it is hard for me too, but in spite of that, watch it, it is funny and it makes an excellent point! Now, let’s go beyond Colorado, and bring it home to Nebraska. There have been economic studies that have shown that hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in Nebraska could be even bigger if we used some of our natural resources in a different way.  Yes, I am even suggesting that ... Read More »

Arrrgggghhhhh! The Buzzing in my Head!

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If you live near some of our deciduous forests in eastern Nebraska, or if you are visiting there, you right now have an opportunity to experience an amazing and rare wildlife experience.  In fact I would rank this right up there with the annual sandhill crane migration, turkeys gobbling, elk bugling, or a surface-feeding frenzy of big wipers.  This is even more amazing because it only occurs once every 17 years! The year 2015 is the year of the emergence of ... Read More »