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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!

Highlighting Bird Month on WOWT 6 Outdoors

On my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News, I’ll be highlighting this month of May which is bird month here in Nebraska. Birds are all around us! Birds are enjoyable to watch! I’ll be showing you some cool video of birds, plus emphasizing the importance of our feathered friends as well as mentioning a couple fun birding events in the area for you to attend to view an array of bird life. The outdoor report airs LIVE …

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Preview of Ft. Atkinson Living History on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Join me this week on my WOWT 6 News outdoors/park segment (The Weekly Outdoor Report) when we preview the exciting living history weekend of May 2nd and 3rd at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park located on the east edge of Fort Calhoun. Fort Atkinson has fascinating history and is one of my favorite state historical parks in Nebraska! Most likely the reason Fort Atkinson is so special to me is that Park Superintendent John Slader lets me borrow and use the …

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Tuesdays are for Toms

Thought I’d share a few of my better photos of this past Tuesday’s spring shotgun wild turkey season hunt with you. One of the many reasons I love spring wild turkey hunting in Nebraska is calling in and watching a big, old tom like this one. The words of Ben Franklin ring true when I am observing wild turkeys. For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad …

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Come on, Disconnect for a Day!

What would it be like to go without ultra-modern technology? What if you had to give up your mobile communicating device (cell phone), iPad, iPod, laptop computer, digital cable television, satellite car radio, etc. for 24 hours. That would mean no texting, no Tweeting, no Facebook, no Snapchat, no Facetime, no IM-ing, none of that stuff! Could you do it?  Is it even remotely possible? I know, I know. Call me what you want. I’m an old fart, an “old schooler,” a soon-to-be grandpa. But, come on, face …

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All About Birds on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Bird migrations, bird watching, bird feeding and even more birding topics will be addressed on this Saturday’s Great Outdoor Radio Show. Special guest will be Crinda Williams of Springfield, NE who owns and manages the two For The Wild Birds Stores in the metro. Crinda is heavily into Nebraska birds and the birding world! She’ll be sharing what she knows about our feathered friends and answering any bird-related questions you may have. We’ll also be highlighting the month of May which is …

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Go Morel Mushroom Hunting with WOWT 6 Outdoors

Come with us as we go out morel mushroom hunting on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight! Morels have popped up and are being picked in the moist areas of river bottom woodlands and parks here in eastern Nebraska! Soon morels will be emerging in hilly forested areas. They are one of nature’s tastiest delicacies! I’ll be covering some quick tips for morel mushroom hunting on the report which airs LIVE on the WOWT 6 News Thursday at …

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Video of First Gobbler With Crossbow

Check out the video of my first Nebraska spring wild turkey hunt using crossbow equipment at the link below. The video goes with a special Outdoors Column in the Omaha World-Herald done by Staff Writer Mark Davis on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the Sports Section. I think you’ll enjoy it. Nebraska Crossbow Turkey Hunt.

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Daryl Bauer Comes to The Great Outdoor Radio Show

He has graced the cover of our NEBRASKAland Magazine.He’s a fisheries biologist who absolutely, positively loves to fish and catch BIG FISH (I swear there’s gills under those whiskers, HA!) and blog about all of it here. And, he’s coming to my outdoor talk radio show this Saturday morning, April 18th, to talk “fins, fungi and feathers?” Make it a point to not miss Nebraska’s popular fish, fishing and outdoor guru Daryl Bauer of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission when he joins me – …

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Preview of Indian Cave’s Outdoor Adventure Day on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be previewing Indian Cave State Park’s big Spring Outdoor Adventure Day taking place this Saturday, April 18th on my WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. There will be lots of fun things for you and your family to see, do and even sample! There will also be a fun morel mushroom hunting contest you can enter! Ever been to Indian Cave about 90-minutes south of Omaha? Look below, it’s gorgeous state park! It has an array of history. The Weekly Outdoor …

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10 Tips for Taking Kids Turkey Hunting

This weekend marks the opening of Nebraska’s 2015 youth shotgun spring wild turkey hunting season. Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE, myself, and many, many others at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continue to work hard to pass along that wonderful wild turkey hunting heritage to young people and instill in an interest in the lifestyle with an appreciation for nature and the game specie. With that stated, here are Rich and I’s top ten tips for taking kids spring wild turkey hunting. Remember …

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