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A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

Hunting experience goes beyond the harvesting

The air is crisp and cold. Hardwood trees stand motionless and silent — faint brush strokes against the slowly lightening predawn sky. Small sounds begin to carve the creek bottom. A raucous calamity of crows can be heard in the distance. An assertive blue jay appears on a limb. Two fox squirrels squabble amid the leaves on the woodland floor. In the grass beyond the trees, a rooster pheasant cackles; greeting the first full rays of the sun. Suddenly, and …

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New, Hit Wild Game Cookbook Featured on Radio Show

Outdoor writers, wild game cookbook authors – Jenny Nguyen and Rick Wheatley of rural western Douglas County, NE – pay a visit to Saturday Morning’s Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk about their new, hit wild game cookbook – Hunting for Food. This isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill wild game cookbook, it’s different. Amazon writes: “Hunting for Food is a practical field guide that will teach new and experienced outdoor enthusiasts how to hunt, fish, clean and cook delicious, hearty meals of wild game. Learn …

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Hunters Helping the Hungry on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be highlighting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Hunter’s Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this evening! I’ll be encouraging licensed deer hunters in Nebraska to support this wonderful program that helps folks less fortunate. HHH is funded completely by donations from the public. The program pays for the processing of whole field-dressed deer that hunters donate at any participating HHH deer processor.  The ground venison then is distributed to local food banks and non profit organizations, cooked in …

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Stop, don’t squish that spider!

Halloween draws attention to them! Movies like Arachnophobia also draw attention to them. Looking back in history, they have been revered in hundreds of myths, stories, folk tales and art pieces all over the world. The mere thought of them can make the hair stand up on the back of your neck! And, walking into one of their webs this time of year makes a person absolutely freak out! Eeeeeekkkk! Spiders, they are creepy. They are members of the Phylum Arthropoda, the Class Arachnida and the Order …

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Firearms, Shooting Sports on Radio

The resident gunsmith/firearms expert of my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show, Doug Bickal (A U.S. military veteran who works with the Kimball County, NE Sheriff’s Department), will be stopping by to answer your firearms-related questions as well as offer an array of tips to help you thoroughly enjoy the shooting sports and get your sporting arms ready to go for the various Nebraska hunting seasons. On the show I’ll also have some Nebraska outdoor news, play two rounds of Great Outdoor Trivia for some nice prize packs …

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Arbor Lodge, Apples on WOWT 6 Outdoors

In conjunction with the apple harvest in the Nebraska City, NE area, I’ll be encouraging you and your family to visit beautiful Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City on this week’s WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. Have you ever been there and toured the mansion and the grounds? Gorgeous place! There’s a bountiful crop of apples this year at Arbor Day Farm and the other orchards in the area, too! Thanks to the efforts of our partner, the …

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Turkey Hunt on WOWT 6 Outdoors!

On my Weekly WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report, while you’re watching some neat video of wild turkeys, I’ll be verbalizing why you – the hunter of any game species – should consider buying a turkey permit this fall in Nebraska and then taking to the field after a couple of birds. One of the main reasons for going turkey hunting in the fall is that it presents a wonderful opportunity to take a youth outside. He or she would really enjoy a 2015 …

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Plant the Plot, Abandon the Bait!

As a longtime hunter, landowner and natural resources professional, I still just don’t get why some hunters feel the need to bait areas with artificially made materials/substances to bring game animals in to a particular area to be harvested within the confines of our laws/regulations (for info on Nebraska’s new baiting laws/regulations with reference to hunting, click here.) Why? Is it because it involves minimal effort and is cheap? Is it because you saw the flashy advertisement for the product …

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Matt Manhart on Great Outdoor Show

If you’re a hunter, an angler or an outdoor enthusiast of any kind, don’t miss Scheels outdoor expert and Omaha Police Bomb Squad Sgt. Matt Manhart on The Great Outdoor Radio Show. Matt is an avid outdoorsman and loves to share his knowledge of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities with others, most notably youth. Matt will be with me LIVE AND IN-PERSON Saturday morning! He’ll be stopping by to answer any outdoors-related questions that you may have, especially those pertaining to hunting. You may recall Matt who …

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TV Outdoor Report Previews Expo

The massive Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park near Ponca, NE  (happening this weekend of Sept. 19th & 20th) is in the crosshairs for my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday at 6 p.m CST during the sportscast. Jeff Packer of the WOWT 6 Sports Machine and I are gonna show you why you and your family should attend this grand-scale expo which is one of the largest in the nation and is celebrating its 11th anniversary! There will …

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