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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!

Outdoors in a Thunderstorm: What do you do, or not do?

It’s the summer storm season in Nebraska. And, today, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, looks very stormy! That stated, here are some key tips for being outdoors or camping when a storm is on the horizon. This information was compiled from Omaha’s NBC/WOWT 6 News Weather Authority Chief Meteorologist Mike LaPoint, The Weather Channel and survival/outdoor expert Kirk Brown of Trails.com Step 1 Avoid the storm in the first place. While enjoying the great outdoors, you need to always pay attention to  changing weather. Look at …

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Wildlife is All Around Us

Many of us who enjoy Nebraska’s great outdoors do so as a result of flora and fauna that we see there. But, I am reminded today, that wildlife is, after all, all around us, even in urban Omaha’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood! I think it’s really neat when we have to go no further than our own homes to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate wildlife, especially in late spring and early summer! Case in point: The mourning dove nest at our Wagner abode. Look! On the ledge of our fireplace chimney we have a …

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Crash Davis on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Don’t miss avid outdoorsman, radio personality, outdoor writer/webcast host and good friend Crash Davis when he comes to the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. Crash, who’s the Program Director at Omaha’s 101.9 FM, will share his outdoor lifestyle with you and address various outdoors-related topics/issues. This promises to be an exciting hour! The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs LIVE tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM “The Zone.” Be part of this spontaneous, interactive outdoor program and talk to Crash …

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Throwback Thursday: From Lemonade Ice to Outdoor Recreation

Did you know that a state recreation area near Omaha, NE was the site one of the largest icehouses/ice plants in the country? It sure was! In 1897-98, the Armour and Company Icehouse was constructed just northwest of Memphis, NE in Saunders County on a 154-acre tract of land purchased from a farmer who sold some of his property due to the severe farm crisis of the 1890’s. The Icehouse According to Nebraska State Historical Society records, the Armour and Company …

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Goin’ Tankin’ on TV This Week

Perhaps you have already read about and seen photos of livestock tank floating on Nebraska rivers in the June Issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine. If not, you can read Eric Fowler’s cool article about it here.  However, if you want to view video of what we refer to as “tankin’,” then you’ll wanna tune in to 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. Yup, we’re goin’ tankin’! We’ll …

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Last Call for Morels

After a morel mushroom hunting adventure with a buddy along the Elkhorn River this weekend, I am issuing a final call for harvesting morel mushrooms, at least in the river bottom woodlands here in eastern Nebraska. Head to your woods for morels as soon as you can! They’re there, most likely in good numbers due to the heavy rain event we had this past Sunday. We did find fresh morels. However, some were dry and had brown tops to them. Fungi/mushroom expert Mark Davis, Writer/Photojournalist for the …

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Popular Outdoor Writer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Popular outdoor writer and avid sportsman Greg Medlin of Omaha, NE comes to the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. You’ll find Greg to be fun, easy-going and highly informative! He spends a lot of time in the great outdoors especially hunting! Don’t miss Greg on the show which airs LIVE tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM “The Zone.” Be part of this spontaneous, interactive outdoor program by calling either of these phone numbers: Locally 402-951-1620 or Toll-Free 1-877-951-1620. Tune …

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Throwback Thursday: Old Town Site Within a State Park?

Did you know that one of our Nebraska state park lands actually has an old town site within its boundaries? Know which state park it is? Here’s the sign denoting the old town site that has couple reconstructed buildings. One of them is a reconstructed schoolhouse. There’s also a reconstructed mercantile. And, a reconstructed cabin near the old town site. Founded by Native Americans of mixed heritage to serve their reservation, this town sprung up around a trading post and …

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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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