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Get the Gaff–Out

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When I initially wrote this blog post it looked like we were going to have a long and prosperous ice-fishing season.  Now, not so much. . . . However, this is something I still want to mention, something I want some ice anglers to think about; with some cold weather, you might be able to put this into practice yet this ice season.  If not, there is always next year. Gaffs are a tool that can be used to land ... Read More »

Nebraska Turkeys Heading to Montana

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CHADRON — In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nebraska reintroduced wild turkeys from other states to its landscape after the big birds had been extirpated decades earlier during the nation’s westward expansion. The reintroduction was so successful that turkeys have again become common border-to-border and Nebraska is now able to return the favor to another state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission led an effort this week to trap wild turkeys on a ranch near Whiteclay in northern Sheridan ... Read More »

Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter, Holidays 2014

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Yes, I am going to recycle some news for this blog post.  I fully realize that all of our Youth Fishing Instructors have seen this by now, and I know that some of the events mentioned have by now come and gone, but I think it is good to let others see this newsletter too.  It is good to let folks know what we have been doing and to tell them a little bit about the great folks that work ... Read More »

Adventure Report, From the Field, January 2015

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In recent weeks I have spent some time away from the computer, some time in the field and on the water doing a variety of things.  There is too much to tell in one blog post, so let me break it up and begin with a quick report from the field. . . . It will disappoint some of my fur-harvesting friends, but I have to honestly confess to you that right now I am a casual fur harvester.  My trapping ... Read More »

NEBRASKAland January-February 2015

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Quick blog post today and I just want to call your attention to the January-February 2015 edition of NEBRASKAland magazine.  You can see that edition on-line right now, just click on the cover: As with every issue of NEBRASKAland, this edition is packed with lots of great pictures and great stories.  If you do not subscribe, you really should, Subscribe or Renew . Let me point out a couple of things in this issue that will be of interest.  First ... Read More »

An Outdoor Challenge for 2015

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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 »

Niobrara River Meetings

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A few weeks ago I encouraged you to attend one of the four Niobrara River meetings that were held across the state recently, Niobrara River Meetings.  I was able to attend the last of those meetings last night here in Lincoln.  Believe me, I am aware that December is a busy time and folks may not have been able to attend one of those meetings.  If you were not able to make it, you can still see most of what was ... Read More »

Any Tool is the Right Tool

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Still waiting for safe ice; I have been digging through my tackle, buying new stuff, sorting, getting gear ready, thinking about a few things. . . . We use a variety of small jigs and “tear drops” for catching panfish through the ice.  Those baits match some of the smaller prey that those panfish eat during the winter.  Naturally, those small baits have small hooks, and those hooks are usually sharp and hook fish easily.  However, do NOT assume that they ... Read More »

A Western Nebraska Hunt for a Westerner

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CRAWFORD – In order to find success, one hunter this week made the 430-mile journey from Western, Nebraska, to Western Nebraska. Yes, you read that right. Johnny Barta, a big game hunter from Western, Nebraska (the village near Fairbury, not the region), visited the butte country of western Nebraska (the region, not the village) to fill the state’s lone bighorn sheep tag. His hunt ended successfully at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, when he bagged a trophy ram at Fort Robinson ... Read More »

Big Game Meeting in The Big “O”

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Just a quick reminder to fellow hunters and landowners in or near the Omaha-metro area that a public informational meeting about Nebraska big game  issues will be held tomorrow night, (Wednesday night, Dec. 10th)  at 7 p.m. in the classroom of the west Omaha Scheels Store, 17202 Davenport St.,  in the Village Pointe Shopping Center. NE Game and Parks wildlife biologists will be on hand to explain and take questions on several topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy ... Read More »