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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.

Finding Time

Man this summer has gone by quickly.  With summer camps, shooting competitions, major conferences and several odds and ends, June-July and a bit of August have just disappeared.  So, in the last few weeks I have taken on the challenge to sneak away from my responsibilities and spend some time outdoors with family as best as I can.  The first such outing included the Nebraska Bowhunters Association Jamboree.  This event allows you to wander the National Forest near Halsey to …

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July Means Summer Camp

Even before the smoke cleared the young camper at one of Nebraska 4-H’s Outdoor Skills Camp declared it “the coolest thing ever!”  Which was immediately followed by “did I hit?”  She had just taken her first-ever shot with a black powder rifle, sending the round ball clanging into the triangular, metal gong 30 yards downrange. The tradition of summer camps is alive and well in the state of Nebraska.  And for a few hundred youngsters each year camp means making …

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Clays for Conservation Shoot

We are blessed to have some very active individuals here in Nebraska that are looking for ways to have a positive impact in the lives of our young citizens and help preserve our natural legacy.  You can be one of those people by burning some powder and breaking some rock – just having fun with the shotgun. Nebraska Ducks Unlimited (DU)  is one of many organizations filled with such motivated volunteers.  On June 15, you can join the Seward County …

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How to shoot a Triceratops

Lions, Leopards and Bears – oh, my! In effort to avoid a case of the off-season blues I shot a turkey, deer and a triceratops this past Sunday.  The targets were all part of Blair’s own Orion Archery Club and their annual Brandon Tomcak Memorial 3D Shoot.  The entire event was designed to give youth, and their parents, a chance to take part in this amazing family activity.  Bows, arrows and instruction were available to all that had the need.  …

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Last Day Hunt

Friday, May 31.  Final day of the 2013 Nebraska Spring Turkey Season.  And what a season it was.  Each year brings challenges and this year seemed to contain them all.  Snow and cold, wind and dust, rain and flooding – sometimes it seemed as if they all occurred in the same day, too.  But this is Nebraska and there were birds. I was able to get out on the second day of archery season with my brother, the first day …

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Camp Coffee

Time to camp.  For me spring turkey hunting and fishing are the excuses I have given already this year for spending time around the campfire with friends and family at some of our state parks and recreation areas.  During these early season trips the aromas of camp are a simple pleasure that add to the experience.  The smell of a warm campfire at night, the bouquet of hearty meals being cooked and the deep nasal therapy of camp coffee brewing …

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Best First…Ever!

Ok, I will admit that I may be a bit biased and I do realize that each turkey hunt is unique. However, I have not been a part of anything quite like the hunt I had with my son Logan this past Saturday afternoon. As I mentioned last week (http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2013/04/season-firsts/) Logan is taking in his first spring season as a turkey predator. After an uneventful morning hunt, some yard work and a nap the four of us headed out to …

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Season of Firsts

For many reading this the spring turkey season may not really get underway until early this Saturday morning – the opener of the regular shotgun season.  For me the season kicked off last month when I could begin chasing the birds with my bow and then got really interesting this past weekend.  I have yet to take a gobbler but already I am harvesting memories of this spring’s crop of first’s. In the past few years my brother, Gabriel, has …

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Vest Makes the Turkey Hunter

It is my educated opinion that those of us afflicted with wild turkeys have an affinity for gadgets.  It likely can be traced to the simple fact that we are in a constant hunt for the perfect call, decoy or camouflaged thingy that will help improve our chances to lure a bearded-bird into range – or at least make him gobble.  And once we buy it we hate leaving it behind. Comfort is another thing we turkey-smitten hunters are big …

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Hunt Master Trainings – Mentor Workshops

In time for spring, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting two Hunt Master – Mentor Trainings for individuals interested in mentoring during the turkey hunting season.  The first will be held on Friday, March 8, at the AkSarBen Aquarium south of Gretna on Hwy 31.  The second will be in Kearney on Friday, March 15, at the ERC Building at Yanney Heritage Park.  Both workshops will run from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required and includes …

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