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Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  As I wrote in the blog  My Thanks a couple of years ago it is a chance to spend time with friends and family without the stress of gift buying and giving.  Yet, thanks to the special day falling on a Thursday, many of us receive the gift of time during this week.  Time is  something that will be in short supply once the weekend is over and we find ourselves in the rush of the holiday season once again.

Nebraska Rooster
Nebraska Rooster

Over the years I have taken advantage of this gift of time to stretch the legs and breathe in the freedom of the outdoors that we are blessed with here in Nebraska.  As you can surmise from by my past Thanksgiving-week blogs such as Family, Fun & Feasants (2012) and  Thanksgiving Bird Hunt (2011) chasing pheasants is often my chosen means to do just that.  This year will be no different, especially if my spaniels have a vote in the matter.  But I hope to diversify a bit this year, too.


Thanks to spending a weekend in deer camp (thanks again, Dave!) Logan has been bitten by the deer bug and may be pushing for some time in a tree stand with a bow.  My new office location near Salt Creek, a preferred Canada goose roost in Lincoln, has piqued my interest in getting the field blinds out.  My brother is keen on prepping ice fishing gear for a potential early-season trip to the sandhill lakes or harassing the many squirrels that harassed him during last week’s deer hunts.

Whatever, happens this weekend I am thankful to be living in a place where I can be doing any or all of these this weekend.

So what will you be doing this Thanksgiving weekend?


About Aaron Hershberger

Aaron "hershy" Hershberger is an Outdoor Education Specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He loves being outdoors. When not outdoors he is day-dreaming about being outdoors and/or whining that he is not outdoors. Hershy has been a Hunter Education Instructor, in two states, for nearly three decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for over 20 years.

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