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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.

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You may have already started noticing the sound of happy songbirds outside your bedroom window as you wake to the morning light. You will now! Take their lovely tweets as an invitation. And please… resist your urge to pull up Twitter after reading that. Get up and get dressed – dress accordingly. You will be doing some outdoor exploring today.  You should prepare yourself a backpack for the day. Sunscreen, check! Bug spray, check! Water bottle, check! Some other mentionables …

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Last Minute Gobblers

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Turkey chasers, its officially the late season.  No doubts about it. If you are still holding an open spring turkey permit, such as I am, it may be time to adjust your tactics just a bit to fill it.  The good news is there is about two weeks left of season – including a couple of weekends – which is plenty of time to make something happen. The situation: Trees are fully leafed out now making gobbles harder to hear …

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Give Traditional Muzzleloaders a Try

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For a long time I’ve thought that somehow I ended up in the wrong century – I’ve always felt just a bit uncomfortable in today’s ever expanding culture of high-tech gadgetry.  I’ve been interested in history, especially American history, for about as long as I can remember, and one of the era’s that most intrigues me is that of the American frontier and the days of the “mountain men.”  Their tenacity and self-sufficiency is awe inspiring.  Many of them survived …

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Making Spring Park Plans – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

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Have you made your spring park plans already?  Bob Hanover, from Nebraska’s State Parks will be in studio with Jeff and Hershy to get you the details on maximizing your outdoor adventures this spring.  Discover your new favorite camping place, nature activity or spot away from it all as they explore the treasures available to all park visitors. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. (CDT) online at www.KFORnow.com or in eastern Nebraska on …

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Aflutter with Butterflies – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

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It will be a lesson in lepidopterology when University of Nebraska’s Steve Spomer and Nebraska Game and Park’s Ralph Wall join the guys in-studio.  Discover the state’s diversity of butterflies and some of the current issues these colorful insects are facing.  So, grab your net and tune in the conversation. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. (CST) online at www.KFORnow.com or in eastern Nebraska on 103.3 FM or 1240 AM.

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Nebraska Outdoor Education Center

Instructor Matt Brackhan watches Lila Donahoe of Lincoln shoot a bow in the indoor archery range at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center (NOEC) in Lincoln. Lancaster County. Fowler, June 3, 2015. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

I’m Ross Young and I am an outdoor cooking, basic pistol, and archery specialist at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center (NOEC) in Lincoln.  The education center has taken on such an important role for Game and Parks and I am proud to be a part of what is taking place at the facility.  I love being able to pass on the traditions I learned as a child. I fondly remember spending summers with my parents, at the lake in our …

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Mushrooms on Nebraska Outdoors

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Mushroom-man David Sanders joins Jeff & Hershy tonight to give us some insight into stalking the elusive morel and other tasty fungi in Nebraska.  Season will soon be upon us and is a tasty excuse for getting outdoors.  There is sure to be a recipe or two shared as well. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. (CDT) online at www.KFORnow.com or in eastern Nebraska on 103.3 FM or 1240 AM.

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The Calls of Spring

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Spring turkey hunting is all about communication.  You make the sounds of a sexy hen and the interested toms gobble back.  Quite simply you are talking to that bird.  Now what you are saying and when you say it is the source of much discussion at turkey camp.  But what you use to make the talk of the turkey can be an important part of the hunt, too. Walk into the turkey call department of any sporting goods store and …

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Wattles & Snoods – Turkeys Introduce Kids to Hunting

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If I had to pick the perfect critter for introducing kids to the incredible pastime of hunting, it would be the wild turkey. They are interesting, challenging and so many of the activities associated with hunting turkeys fit right into a kid’s idea of a good time, like painting your face, hanging out in a fort (blind), saying silly words and making funny noises. I think it’s safe to say, turkeys are just plain fun! Kids love to repeat words …

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Smile! You’re on (WILD) Candid Camera

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Pretty sure I am not alone in this arena.  I think its a trait of many hunters, trappers and outdoor enthusiasts in general.  We have a curiosity to know just what is happening when we are not there.  We are driven by a deep desire to know what wildlife travel the same wild areas that we do. Now I can think of just two options that address this inquisitiveness.  The first, simply never leave.  (Ok, it’s not a great option.)  …

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