By Mick Jensen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, District 3
I had a really great day at the 2013 Rooster Road Trip near Orchard, NE. Commissioner Lynn Berggren and I participated with NGPC staff and Pheasants Forever national board member Dick Bell in an exercise to showcase Nebraska public hunting areas. We hunted two medium-sized fields and with six hunters bagged 12 roosters and 8 quail in about 2½ hours.
Dick and I had to make a quick trip to his vet in Omaha to stitch his small Münsterländer’s nose after an encounter with barbed wire. The rest of the group continued to hunt and experienced “the best mixed bag success a hunter could ask for.”
Visit the Pheasants Forever Rooster Road Trip Website for further information on their road trip to five states in five days. I was particularly impressed with the PF individuals and their knowledge and passion for their mission! Be sure to take advantage of the Open Fields and Waters in Nebraska. There are many opportunities to hunt on public land in Nebraska. I encourage you to use the NGPC Public Access Atlas. It is a great tool available for hunters and anglers.
“Diana,” my small Münsterländer, was featured as “Dog of the Day.” She is shown here with a rooster bagged on a Nebraska Open and Fields and Waters property in northeast Nebraska. As a Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, I represent the state’s northeast district in overseeing the state’s fish, wildlife, parks and outdoor recreation resources. The Open Fields and Waters Program is a joint project of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever.