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A Season of Firsts

I’ve always said the outdoor world presents many different twists and turns, and that’s what makes it so intriguing! I compare entering the outdoor world anytime to going out on that first date: You’re excited, you’re nervous, you’re not wanting to forget anything, you’re probably overdressed and you’re wondering what eventualities might take place. But, I think spending as much time as possible in the field and trying new things improves your overall outdoor knowledge and skill level. In my mind, you’re able to hunt better, fish smarter, camp wiser, appreciate more and potentially survive anything outside.

This spring, the spring of 2015 was truly a season of firsts for me, the longtime Nebraska outdoor enthusiast.

I harvested my first gobbler during the spring wild turkey hunting season with crossbow equipment and a cool dog (named Stella) in a blind.


I had my first successful experience spring wild turkey hunting in the rain with no blind or decoys.




I picked my first morel mushroom after Memorial Day weekend.


For the first time ever, I harvested not one, not two, not three, but four crops of wild asparagus.


I experienced my first full day outdoors exclusively photographing birds.



Did you have any “firsts” this spring? Maybe you’ll plan some “firsts” in Nebraska’s great outdoors this summer? It will be time well spent. Mine sure was, even in the rain!


About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Communications and Marketing Specialist and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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