For Nebraska Game and Parks, 2017 was the year of the fish.
Ok, not really, but fish definitely played a strong role in our most popular Facebook posts of the year.
A blog by fisheries outreach manager Daryl Bauer about new state records was a big hit, as was a post about “alien fish.”
Recently caught in Nebraska, this species of fish doesn't even belong in North America. Can you guess what it is or how it got here? Read more to find out.
The story of 14-year-old Jacob Cooper, who caught 10 muskies on the banks of Papio Creek in Omaha captured the interest of thousands of anglers in Omaha and elsewhere.
"10 Muskie total in the last five days of fishing, from 44 inches and 24 pounds, to 35 inches and 10 pounds." Learn more from WOWT 6 News about this 14-year-old's incredible catches.
A poll asking followers if they knew Nebraska’s state fish also got plenty of engagement (the correct answer is the catfish, if you were curious).
Do you know Nebraska’s state fish?
A brief video of two deer with their antlers locked struggling in a creek bed north of Waverly got more than 600,000 views. Two conservation officers were the heroes of the story; they were able to rope the animals and free them.
Deputy Dennis Guthard took this video Sunday while working with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to free two deer head locked in a battle. See our other post for more details and photos.
Posted by Lancaster County Sheriff Nebraska on Monday, October 30, 2017
Two other animal posts – one about an injured bald eagle and another about the, uh, unique way that turtles breath in frozen ponds – also cracked the top 10 posts of the year.
“It’s bizarre; we reached out to rehabilitation centers and vets all over the country, and nobody has seen anything like this”.
Nebraska’s nine turtle species are a familiar scene during summer months. Where, though, do those turtles go when temperatures drop, or how do they handle cold conditions?
Neither plant nor animal was the subject of a popular post from January. This post featured the cover of a 1962 issue of Outdoor Nebraska (a precursor of NEBRASKAland Magazine) featuring a very 60s illustration of the Walgren Lake Monster.
Did you know that Nebraska has a fascinating account of a Lochness-style lake monster on what is now Lake Walgren SRA?…
Wild edibles were another popular theme. A post about morel mushrooms – where and when to find them, and how to prepare them – also made the top 10 of 2017. A month later, foragers directed their attention toward a post about how to stalk (ha!) wild asparagus.
To hunt mushrooms in Nebraska is to hunt morels. The advance of spring weather, soil temperatures and moisture all prompt the emergence of morel mushrooms. Learn what you need to make the most of your hunt!
Like morel mushrooms, wild asparagus is a natural food that should be sought in the springtime. #StalkingNEwildasparagus
Hunters who regularly use public land took note of the familiar yellow sign denoting Open Fields and Waters access in an October post.
This yellow sign is your ticket to hunting private land. Signs like this one denote land enrolled in the Open Fields and…
One of the most popular posts of all featured a solitary photo of open grassland under a big, story sky, reminding us that Nebraska’s iconic Sandhills are breathtaking – and worthy of sharing with your Facebook friends.
Feelin’ lucky? The Sandhills are the largest grass-covered sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere. They cover about…