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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.

Sandhills Serenity

We just returned from our annual pilgrimage to the Sandhills of western Nebraska and what an incredible four days!  Four days of camping, hunting, eating like kings, more hunting and taking in some of the greatest scenery our state has to offer! The Nebraska Sandhills is a special region of our state characterized by the largest region of stabilized sand dunes in the Country.  These dunes are covered by mixed grass prairie and represent the heart of ecological diversity in the …

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Waterfowling Nebraska

We have begun a new video series called “Waterfowling Nebraska” that you may find useful/enjoyable. We will be adding more videos from time to time that are aimed at the intermediate waterfowler. These tips will range from decoys, calling, concealment and a lot more! Hope you enjoy! Jeff Concealing the Blind Decoy Spreads That Work Calling Canada Geese

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Blind Hope

Hunters and anglers must be the most optimistic folks on the planet….We spend countless hours working on equipment, scouting, planning, hoping that our efforts will result in the critter of a lifetime. Yep, we are eternal optimists. But with each heartfelt effort, we know the fall will bring rewards in terms of game, fun, memories and all the cool stuff we will see. Duck hunters are no exception… My father-in-law and brother-in-law and I recently put our duck blind back …

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New Shooting Park in Lincoln

Things are progressing quickly for the new shooting park and education center located at 44th & Superior in Lincoln. The building frame is up and the indoor firearm range is visible! Take a drive past the area to see for yourself. The new facility will house our Hunter and Boater Ed programs, Hunter Outreach Programs and provide for a host of new shooting sports programs. The facility will have an indoor 32 lane archery range to 25 meters (complementing the …

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Early Season Archery Is All About Food and Sleep

This latest bout of cooler weather came just in the nick of time for us archers. Cooler mornings mean more comfort for the hunter and better movement by deer. A lot of hunters like to wait until later in the season to hunt and you are missing out if that is the case. Early season can be a great time to connect on a deer. Right now, deer are somewhat predictable. They are set in normal feeding/bedding patterns and can …

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The Changing Face of American Target Shooters

I just had to share the recent report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  They do a lot of research on the hunting and shooting sports market that you and I live for and some interesting trends continue in target shooting!   Of the more impressive findings is that one in five target shooters began shooting in the last five years.  This means that all the recent education programs, marketing, industry efforts, and the recent surge in gun sales has  resulted …

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Family Fun at the Lincoln Archery Park

I know several missed it be we had a great time at the Families on Target program at the Lincoln Archery Park the other night. Over 100 came out to fling arrows at 3D animal targets, bullseye targets and flying targets (what a hoot!). Already getting folks asking for another one and we may try to hold one in the Omaha area before snowfall. Many asked about all the construction going on at Boosalis Park in Lincoln (location of the …

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Families on Target

Hey folks, join Hershy and me August 29 from 6-8pm at the Lincoln Shooting Park located at 44th and Superior in Lincoln, Nebraska (enter through Lincoln Trap and Skeet) for an evening of FREE food and archery fun!   We will have the archery range ready for everyone to shoot bulls-eye targets, 3D animal targets (some unique targets), the aerial archery machine will give you the chance to shoot targets out of the sky and free hotdogs and Gatorade. We will …

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New Shooting Range App

I just had to tell you about a new shooting range app from the National Shooting Sports Foundation that helps you find a place to shoot.  It is available for the i-phone or Android system and really works neat.  Along with shooting range locations, it has shooting tips, videos and other resources for shooters.  Best part is its FREE!  You can find it at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/where-to-shoot/id647304891?mt=8

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The Sanity of Camping

Spent the other night basking in the magnifique of Bluestem Lake with the camper and friends and man was that time well spent. Funny how a campfire, some good food and friends can help clear the mind and warm the soul. There is still plenty of camping opportunity this summer and with the weather we have been having I cannot imagine not getting out. Camping is a “sport” made for 60 degree night temps and luckily we have that. I …

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