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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 channels, 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!

Visit Mulberry Lane

Gosh, I love to pick and eat mulberries. C’mon, who doesn’t, right? I guess it’s the Nebraska kid in me (and many of us) who like to do that! Growing up on the western edge of Gretna, NE, my buddies and I would hike the nearby woods and seek out those mulberry trees with their ripe, sweet, dark purple fruit from mid June to early July. I fondly recall the days of having purple feet, hands, lips and tongue. What a blast it was (and still is) to take …

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Camping Options for Series

Coming to Omaha for any of the big men’s college baseball games June 13 – 24? Need a place to camp? There are some very nice, scenic state park lands with camping options within about a 35-50 minute drive of TD AmeriTrade Park in downtown Omaha where the games will be played. Those state park lands are: – The Eugene T. Mahoney State Park off of I-80 Exit #426 near Ashland (Ph: 402-944-2523) – Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area 1/2 mile northwest of Louisville just west of Louisville, NE (Ph: …

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Cool Off on WOWT 6 Outdoors!

With the arrival of summer-like weather, I’ll be showing you a cool place to cool off in the Nebraska state park system with your family and friends on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report. It airs on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Look at the pics below, and try to figure out where we’re heading. I think you know where we’re going, but find out for sure and get more information by tuning in to WOWT 6 News LIVE Thursday evening during …

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Really care? Leave them there!

It’s the time of year when lots of baby wild animals and birds are now on the outdoor scene in Nebraska. Interactions with these cute animals at a distance can be fun and educational. However, please remember that it is illegal and unsafe (for both you and the little critter) to harbor or possess young wildlife. It’s also inhumane to remove young wildlife from its natural surroundings/habitat (including your own backyard)! What’s interesting is that, although you may not see it, there’s a parent animal or …

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Attention: Shooting Sports Enthusiasts!

Find out about the various shooting sport competitions happening at the State Games of America 2015 coming to Nebraska this summer on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. My special guest on the program will be Dr. William (Bill) Schlichtemeier. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs every Saturday morning LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” You’re welcome to call in and ask questions of Bill about the games at either of these phone numbers: Locally 402-951-1620 or …

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Horsing Around on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Saddle up and come along for the ride on this week’s WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report. In general, I’ll be telling you about the wonderful horseback trail riding and equestrian opportunities at Nebraska state park lands. There are several state park lands that offer guided trail rides. These park lands include Chadron, Fort Robinson, Indian Cave, Niobrara, Mahoney, Platte River and Ponca. Who doesn’t love horses, huh? Omaha’s WOWT 6 Outdoor Report airs LIVE on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST …

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A Season of Firsts

I’ve always said the outdoor world presents many different twists and turns, and that’s what makes it so intriguing! I compare entering the outdoor world anytime to going out on that first date: You’re excited, you’re nervous, you’re not wanting to forget anything, you’re probably overdressed and you’re wondering what eventualities might take place. But, I think spending as much time as possible in the field and trying new things improves your overall outdoor knowledge and skill level. In my mind, you’re able …

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Ask the C.O. on Radio Show

Get your Nebraska outdoor law and regulation questions ready for Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo on my Saturday Morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. It airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Here’s a photo of Rich on a youth spring wild turkey hunt. Rich and I will be covering various do’s & don’ts, regulation reminders and tips for fishing, boating, state parks, wildlife, hunting and even more. Rich will also touch on what it’s like to be a conservation officer. You’ll find this program to …

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Goin’ Tankin’ on TV

Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast when we float a Nebraska river in a livestock watering tank. Seriously! We’ll cover why floating scenic Nebraska rivers in livestock watering tanks is so popular. It is something unique and fun to do outdoors with your family or friends this summer. A listing of river outfitters and rental businesses is available here. Tanking offers a perfect opportunity to kick back, …

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A Memorial Day Weekend Tribute

The three-day Memorial Day weekend is about the fun of getting together with family and friends for cookouts, camping expeditions, fishing excursions, river float trips, etc. However, Memorial Day weekend is truly about saluting and remembering those individuals in the U.S. Military who lost their lives while in the service to our country, particularly in combat. My thoughts also drift to my son-in-law, Tyler Nichols of Omaha, NE. Tyler is currently serving with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. Tyler and …

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