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National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2016

Got to looking at the calendar and was reminded that tomorrow is “National Hunting and Fishing Day“.  I like to point that out each year, if I remember, because I believe Nebraska is the perfect state for combining hunting and fishing opportunities, especially in the fall.  I call it “combodacious” because we have such a diversity of fish and game and with long hunting seasons and perpetual fishing seasons the opportunities can overlap.  In times past Nebraska bragged about being the “mixed bag capital of the world”.  That was mostly in reference to our small game and upland game hunting opportunities, but I believe it applies to a lot more including the diversity of fishing one can experience within the state’s borders.

One of the best examples I can think of, from a few years ago, was when a buddy from Iowa came out in the fall.  I caught up with him for some Trout fishing on his way to arrow a western Nebraska Pronghorn:

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That’s how it’s done!

Another reason I like to mention National Hunting and Fishing Day is to remind everyone that hunters, anglers, and trappers were, and continue to be, the original conservationists!

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So there you go, this weekend it is your duty as a conservationist to GO FISH, GO HUNT.  While you are at it, make sure to take someone with you, especially someone new.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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