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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 two decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for 15 years.

Nebraska Top-4 for Deer Hunting

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I know the ‘grass is greener‘ syndrome can be very prevalent in outdoor pursuits and it can be easy to overlook what blessings we have around us.   Even in Nebraska, the mixed bag capital of the nation, we sometimes forget just how good we have it. I’m often reminded of just how much of the outdoor lifestyle makes up ‘the Good Life‘ when talking to hunters that live outside our borders.  Almost invariably, when they find out I live in …

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The Luckiest Pronghorn Hunter…Ever

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I have just recently arrived back from my first ever pronghorn hunt and I would love to quickly share the story of the adventure before the crispness of the experience is dulled by passed time and the facts become muddled. With enough preference points my wife and I were able to secure a pair of muzzleloader permits in a coveted unit in Nebraska’s panhandle.  We were very excited and talked to many people about pronghorn – some of which were …

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Tree Stand Reminders

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Deer season is open!  Since September 1, archers are have been taking to the field.  So some review on tree stand safety is a good thing. According to the groups Treestand Manufacturers Association and Tree Stand Safety Awareness, falls from tree stands account for 36% of all hunting accidents nationally and are the number one cause of serious injury and death during deer hunting season in the US. ALWAYS use a fall arrest system rated for your personal weight.  Ropes …

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Doves – How I Miss Thee

Mourning dove. A mourning dove perches on a fence post near Whitney Lake Wildlife Management Area, Dawes County. Haag, Apr. 26, 2014. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Each year on September 1, around sunrise, it happens.  My ego as a hunter and wing-shooter is assaulted by a gray-streak that was a mourning dove.   Generally, I stand in open-jaw, amazement with three empty shotgun hulls laying around me as the winged-speedster is off to another location. But every once in a awhile something truly magical happens as I reload and the dove – for reasons still unknown to science –  circles back around, just a little closer, …

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When Nature Calls…

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As you plan your next hike, camping trip, biking excursion, hunt, fishing trip or any outdoor adventure, think to yourself, are you fully prepared for that moment when nature calls?  Yes, we have all experienced that “OH NO” moment in the outdoors.  One time forgetting to pack the ever important toilet paper, you will never forget it again.  While toilet paper is such an important commodity, it can be so finicky in the outdoor climate.  I have discovered many ways …

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Strive to Stay Alive! Basic Outdoor Survival Skills for Everyone

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“What would you do if you if you found yourself in a survival situation?”  The answer most people give to that question is, “That’s never going to happen to me!”  But according to reports from professional rescue organizations throughout the U.S., state police and authorities from the National Park Service, every year there are countless individuals, couples, even entire families, who go out for what they anticipate to be an enjoyable day-hike or a drive in the scenic wilderness and …

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Summer of the Pie Iron

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It’s that wonderful time of year when many of us adore cooking OUTSIDE of our kitchens.  Let’s face it, staring at those same, boring kitchen walls all the time can get a bit mind-numbing, not to mention heating up the house . Luckily, backyard barbecues and family camping trips are calling your name. An open-air, change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. Whether it is over a sizzling grill, a flaming fire-pit, or a crackling campfire, the outdoor …

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Locavores – Simple Way to Make a Big Impact

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What is a locavore? A locavore is classified as any person that chooses to utilize the goods and produce that are cultivated or created locally (traditionally within 100 miles of home). Although some people are capable of thriving nearly entirely on the food that they get from their own land or from other farmers, most people do not maintain such resources. Why be a locavore? The most common answer that people have when poised the question: “Why are you a …

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Plan Ahead for Hunter Ed

Bighorn Sheep Hunting in Dawes County. Todd Nordeen, agency staff, guides bighorn sheep hunter Terry Bogle and Bob Dykeman, both of Lincoln, at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford.  Haag, Dec. 9, 2015. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

According to the calendar, summer officially begins on June 20th and the weather is heating up fast.  So instead of rifles, shotguns, bows, and wild game, most folks are probably thinking about baseball, swimming and barbecues.  But now is the time to start thinking about the various options available for completing hunter education so you are ready for this fall. In Nebraska, all hunters age 12 through 29 who hunt any game species with a firearm or airgun, must carry …

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Ladies – try something new this summer!

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If you are like me, I am ready for a much-needed escape from normal, everyday life and time to spend enjoying the outdoors.  As a busy mom with a full time job and a farm I find myself in a daily 5:00 a.m. fitness rut walking the treadmill and lifting the same old weights– blah. Longer days and the warmer weather of summer re-energize the motivation to go outside and test the muscles.  Over the years I have found taking …

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