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Sixteen Fun Things to Do in Outdoor Nebraska in 2016

Looking for some ideas on what to do outdoors in 2016? Here are sixteen fun and interesting things I think you should consider doing in Nebraska’s outdoor scene in the New Year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!

1. Enjoy a winter activity in one of our state park lands.

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2. Mentor youth in your favorite outdoor activity.

Noah Wagner with his white-tailed deer buck he harvested during the 2015 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season.

3. Visit a place you’ve never been. NENationalForestHalsey

4. Experience living history at a state historical park.

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5. Take a back road.

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6. Do something you’ve never done, learn a new outdoor skill.

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7. Float a water trail.

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8. Harvest wild edibles to eat.

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9.  Go spring wild turkey hunting.

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10. Hunt light geese during the conservation order on them.

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11. Fish a trout stream.

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12. Bring the whole family to one of our family fishing events.

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13. Spend a couple of nights in a state park or recreation area cabin with family or friends.

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14. Try target shooting at a Game and Parks event or shooting range with the kids.

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15. Take a wildlife viewing trip.

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16. Discover the variety of birds in your backyard.

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About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer 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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