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Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

New Education Center Looking Good!

I just thought I would share a few images of the interior of the new Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The new facility will be the home of Hunter/Boater Education, Hunter Outreach Educators and offer indoor shooting opportunities for youth, families and those who enjoy the shooting sports. We look to open the doors in late spring. Hope to see you there!

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2013…Wow What A Year!

I know there is a lot more season to go still in the hunting woods but I had to  spend a few minutes the other day reflecting on 2013 and all the memories made.  From outdoor workshops to hunts with family and friends, 2013 was just plain awesome!  I thought I would just share some of my 2013 memories with you. I started the spring with outdoor expos and turkey hunting and ended 2013 in the goose blind.  Everything in …

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Late Season Luck

This morning I had the fortune of spending time afield with my good friend Dr. Scott  Hygnstrom, Animal Damage Control Professor at UNL.  We had a blast chasing late season pheasant and quail!  I am one of those goofballs that actually prefers late season bird hunting.  This last week of January could prove to be the best.  I have often heard hunters complain about late season birds being so jumpy and hard to hunt but more often I have found …

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Oh, Those Cute Yellow Shells

I love the 20 gauge! I still remember my parents giving me a savage 20 gauge pump for Christmas when I was 10 years old. I spent the evening before the pheasant opener going over each shell, placing them in the vest in hopes they would bring birds down the next day..and they did! For some reason, we are in an age of magnum craze and we sometimes forget about the gauges and calibers that still get it done with …

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Duck Blind Etiquette

I have had the good fortune of hunting with a number of family and friends over the last few months and it has been a great ride. I have spent more hours in the duck blind than I care to admit and have enjoyed every minute of it. In doing so, I have noticed a lot of different characters and feel they need categorizing….for posterity. SO if you have ever hunted with family and friends in the duck blind you …

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Ducks Over Ice

By now, much of eastern Nebraska is under a thin sheet of ice and while my good friend Daryl Bauer is celebrating, I the duck hunter am not…Ice challenges the waterfowl nut! Just because your area us covered does not mean your season is over. Far from it! You do need to hunt a bit smarter now as much of your action will come only when we see a push from the north, however so slight. But when this happens, …

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A Family Tradition

My brother-in-law, Dave Flanagan, has been hunting deer since he was just a young lad. His family originated from the east coast. Each year, since he was old enough, he and his father Dan would make the trek east to join the family hunting camp in Connecticut… a tradition that lasted around 20 years. They would meet up with uncles and his grand father. In all those years, Dave recalls the group only harvested a handful of deer but they …

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Archery On Fire

The release of the first Hunger Games movie was followed by an unprecedented surge in archery interest.  What made this so unique is the interest came from young girls, boys, families who all wanted to be like their hero from the movie.  The cool thing is they could!  Archery is readily available for anyone wanting to get involved in the sport.  This was what drew thousands to the pro shops and archery programs over the last two years.  The second Hunger …

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Rattle Em’ In

I am writing this from the duck blind so please bare with me! The next few days are going to br awesome for the deer hunter. Deer are moving/rutting hard and will be susceptible to rattling and or calling. The other day, I rattled in the buck below and he came in hard. Not a monster but what a fun morning! Rattling Real antlers work best. I have a set of antlers I have used for over 10 years and …

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On the Pond

The first few hunts from our blind NE of Lincoln have been great. No major push of birds yet but enjoying good friends and good times with a flock here and there to keep our attention. Seeing Green-Wing Teal, and an occasional Norther Shoveler along with an assortment of divers. Dave and I went out Saturday with a warm heart as the skillet was to be filled with eggs, hashbrowns and sausage. He was even talking nice to me! Imagine …

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