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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 three decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for over 20 years.

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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Bargain Hunter Season – Now Open

We are in that great in-between time called February/March as I write this.  We wrap up the winter hunting seasons (cottontail, coyote, etc.) and begin the spring seasons (snow goose and spring turkey).  This is a tough time for a guy like me – and a tougher time for the family’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  You see I am still very much in the mindset of hunting, and though the options have become a bit more limited at present, the …

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Valentine’s Day Courtship Strategies – For the Birds

Listen up, men. As you read this there are three days until Valentine’s Day. That means you have just a few more days left to figure out how to make your special someone feel – well, special.  Fear not, as the birds of this great state have many ideas you can capitalize on to make the holiday one that your significant other will not soon forget – even if they wanted to. The first bit of birdly advice is you …

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End of the Season

Not sure when it started.  Perhaps when I was 16 and could drive myself.  Maybe I was younger and the day just happened to fall on a weekend.  Regardless, I have tried my best to hunt the final day of the bird season each year, and I have succeeded for a bit over 2 decades. I do my best to spend the full day in the field, but sometimes things get shortened by the weather or by an abundance of …

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Time to Think Spring Turkey

It arrived yesterday in the mail.  My 2013 spring turkey hunting catalog.  Just last week my hunting buddy from Iowa called to schedule our annual spring hunt.  Then this morning we received a picture of my father in-law’s front yard.  So it’s not entirely my fault that my thoughts are currently turkey-centered.  With several more weeks until we can chase these big birds many of us find ourselves buying turkey gear.  All you springtime tom-chasers reading this can relate.  So, …

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Quail

Snuck in another quick morning bird hunt today prior to heading to the office.  Again I picked a public hunting area based more on its location to work than because I know it to hold lots of birds.  Today’s hunt was with my young Springer, Pip, and we chose a random starting spot that we were hoping would allow us to hunt this piece of ground differently than those that have come before us. The small area we hit had …

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Last Chance Deer Camp – Just the Beginning

I can think of no better way to spend a cold January weekend than at deer camp.  This past weekend I did just that thanks to the good folks at the Crane Trust, a non-profit conservation group in central NE, and Mark Jensen, Hunter Education Instructor in Grand Island.  Being the final weekend of the 2012/13 deer season we nicknamed the camp the Last Chance Deer Camp.  However, with two young hunters attaining several “firsts” during the weekend and realizing …

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A Quick Hunt – Upland Birding

I needed to hunt birds.  It’s one of those urges that you cannot explain and best not to ignore.  Not hearing any protests from the spaniels we loaded up and headed out.  We didn’t really have a plan and were even less sure of what to expect.  However, our goal was to hunt ahead of the rain Thursday morning prior to hitting the office.  I will admit to hitting the snooze button a time or two which meant it was …

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