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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!

Where to See Wild Geese Up-Close on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report tonight on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 when we take you to a state recreation area near the Omaha-metro to show you where you can go to view and photograph wild Canada geese (and perhaps a few wild ducks). You’ll be able to view them up-close from sunrise to about 9:30 a.m. and then from just after 3 p.m. to sunset in the open water and on the ice at a couple of the sandpit lakes on …

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Indoor Outdoors Event Season Kicks Off

Get ready, in the Omaha-Metro area the indoor outdoors-related event season kicks off this weekend! So, I thought it would be the ideal time to prepare a list of upcoming these events for you to have. Look for us – your Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees at these upcoming outdoors-related events around the metro area: – River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat and RV Expo, Jan. 16-18, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA – Outdoorsman/woman Flea Market and …

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The Great Outdoor Radio Show Goes Ice Fishing

Don’t miss the conversation about ice fishing on this Saturday morning’s (Jan. 10th) Great Outdoor Radio Show. A lot of folks have been out on the ice already catching fish through the hard water. Omaha Scheels fishing expert Chris Sell will be on hand to answer any of your of questions about the fun winter sport of fishing through the ice LIVE this morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.”  (If you miss us on the LIVE …

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On the Ice on WOWT 6 Outdoors

The growing outdoor sport of ice fishing will be featured on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight LIVE during sports on the 6 p.m. CST newscast with Ross Jernstrom. Look, there’s Rossy filming our very own Daryl Bauer wetting a line through the hard water! In fact, I’ll be informing you how you and your family how you can learn all about the cool (no pun intended) winter sport of ice fishing at a special, how-to Discover Ice Fishing Clinic …

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Hunting is about Watching Wildlife, Like “Whitey”

I swear that game birds and animals know when hunting seasons close. Sometimes I think they can actually read our Game and Parks hunting publications, don’t you? I’m kidding, just kidding. Such was the case though yesterday when a lone, wayward snow goose lit near our Canada goose hunting spread  in Dodge County, NE. The goose hung out with us all day, eventually ending up in our decoys. It was wildlife watching at its finest as the Nebraska light goose …

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Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Jan. 3rd, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for 2015. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field.   You’ll find this program to …

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Platte River State Park’s Yule Log Quest, Do It!

So, what are you and your family doing this Saturday afternoon? Nothing? Have plans, scrap ’em. Because, Platte River State Park’s 2nd Annual Yule Log Quest/Fun Winter Activities Day will be happening! The park landscape is beautiful this time of year, perfect for a scavenger hunt of sorts called a Yule log quest! If you’re wondering about the Yule log quest, it is not your traditional run/walk race. Your pre-registered team of 3 to 5 members will be tested mentally …

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A Christmas Wish and the 2014 Holiday Wildlife Tree

First, I wanted to take this time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Second, like last year, I wanted to share photos of my brother-in-law Dean Dennhardt’s unique decorative, holiday wildlife tree. This year though he has outdone himself. He has added even more antlers, more feathers and more creatively done ornaments to it! Of course, all deer antlers, rooster pheasant and wild turkey feathers provided by yours truly here.     I wish you the “Merriest of Christmases!”

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Holiday Season: Thankful for the Beauty of Nature

It’s the holiday season and I’m thankful for the beauty of nature in Nebraska. I am thankful for the sky.   I am thankful for the breathtaking views of the landscape.   I am thankful for the diversity of habitat. Grasslands.   Wetlands.   Woodlands.   Water.   And, yes, even cropland.   I am thankful for all free-ranging, living creatures. Large.   Medium.   And, small.   I am thankful for being allowed to harvest nature’s bounty.   I am thankful for …

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Decoy Maker Jim Druliner on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Popular decoy maker and avid waterfowl hunter Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE comes to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk about Canada goose hunting in Nebraska plus other hunting and waterfowl-related subjects.  I think Jim spends more time in the goose blind than at home, HA!   Jim is the designer/producer of the widely used Sillosocks Darn Fine (Windsock) Decoys for waterfowl hunting. Jim likes to use his decoys with other commercially made ones in a spread.   …

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