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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!

Enjoying Free Fishing and Park Entry Day on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be telling you why you should go fishing with your family and visit a Nebraska state park land this Saturday on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. That’s because this Saturday, May 17th marks Nebraska’s Free Fishing and State Park Entry Day, woo-hoo! It’s kind of an open house of sorts in our great outdoors! Special, how-to, fun family-oriented fishing events events will also be held around the state. Be sure to bring all the kids! Tune …

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Nebraska: Nice Spring Turkey Hunting!

The Nebraska Tourism Commission announced this week that it approved a new brand campaign, entitled: “Nebraska Nice.” This campaign emphasizes one of Nebraska’s strongest assets — us, it’s people. However, “Nebraska Nice” has a two-fold meaning.  It’s not only about we-Nebraskan’s being nice to our visitors and to each other, as we are, but it’s also a reference to the “nice moments” that make the best vacations memorable and special.  It’s about that special moment that is talked about for years and years to come. …

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Throwback Thursday: Taking the Kids Fishing

I will always tell you that I do not force what I do (as an avid outdoor enthusiast or as a conservation professional) on my kids but I have introduced them, continued to take them, and to this day, bug them to death about going with me (The Old Man) to enjoy time in Nebraska’s great outdoors. I especially bug them to go fishing and have been successful over the years! All of my kids love to wet lines and catch …

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Mark Davis Talks Morels on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Mark Davis, renown outdoor writer and photojournalist for the Omaha World-Herald and www.GoOutdoorsNE.com comes to The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host Saturday morning to talk about one of his outdoor passions — morel mushroom hunting. Mark is one of our mushroom hunting experts here in the midwest and is known for going to great lengths to pick a morel or get that award-winning outdoor photo! Don’t miss Mark on the show which airs LIVE Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM …

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Throwback Thursday: Wags on the Water

I’ve been around the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for sometime. This month of May marks my 35th year with the agency! And, I loved every bit of it! I am truly “living the dream!” So, on this Throwback Thursday, it’s “Wags on the Water.” One of my claims to fame is that I have canoed, kayaked or tanked each and every one of Nebraska’s Water Trails, and then some. As you know, from my previous blog posts, I have …

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Preview of Fort Atkinson Living History on WOWT 6 News

Join me this week on my WOWT 6 News outdoors/park segment (The Weekly Outdoor Report) when we preview the exciting living history weekend (May 3rd and 4th) 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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Friday “Fungi” Fun

Just wanted to throw a few Friday “Fungi” Fun pics your way. Here’s a cool t-shirt I want my wife Polly to buy for me. Well, maybe not. I’ll just dirty it up. I really get into my morel mushroom hunting, you know! Now, for a quick quiz on “morelling.” See if you can find all five morel mushrooms in this pic. Good luck! Happy morel mushroom hunting or whatever Nebraska spring outdoor adventure you’re planning this weekend! If only this jake wild turkey would …

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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 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 of the dos and don’ts for morel mushroom hunting on the report which airs LIVE on the WOWT 6 News Thursday at …

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Gobblers, Largemouths, Morels and More in Less than a Week

Timing is everything when it comes to being successful bagging your quarry in Nebraska’s outdoor scene. But, one of the many reasons I enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in my home state of Nebraska so much is its tremendous mixed bag potential when the weather cooperates and wild things come into alignment. In less than one week I have managed to have success with targeting three major quarries with some added bonuses. I called in and shot two, big wild tom turkeys with the spring shotgun turkey season in full swing. I managed …

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BREAKING NEWS: Morels!

BREAKING NEWS: I have received the first report of someone finding morel mushrooms along the Platte River. The pics below are from my friend Keith Anderson! Keith told me they grew 3/4 inch since he had seen them yesterday at 4:00 p.m. Thanks for the morel update, Keith! #Nebraskamorels

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