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Julie Geiser is a Public Information Officer and NEBRASKAland Regional Editor based out of North Platte, where she was born and still happily resides. Geiser worked for the commission previously for over 10 years as an outdoor education instructor – teaching people of all ages about Nebraska’s outdoor offerings. She also coordinates the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Geiser went on to work in marketing and writing an outdoor column for the North Platte Telegraph before returning to NGPC in her current position. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and getting others involved in her passions of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors.

Bighorn sheep capture

When I received the call from my co-worker, Justin Haag, about coming to the Panhandle to take photos of the bighorn sheep capture, I was more than ecstatic. I had always wanted to see how this process takes place and get close to the sheep. Along with that, who doesn’t want to travel to one of the most beautiful areas of Nebraska, the wildcat Hills and Pine Ridge. Not knowing what to expect, I went out to watch the crew …

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Women on ice – a Beyond BOW adventure

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program recently hosted a Beyond BOW ice fishing event at the Valentine Refuge Lakes. With good ice throughout the state it was the perfect time to teach women about the equipment and techniques of ice fishing. During this Beyond BOW, women that wanted to learn how to ice fish or get more insight of the sport signed up to experience something new where they could learn together. Emails of what to bring were sent out …

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Ice Fishing To-Bring Checklist

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When heading out on frozen lakes or ponds to ice fish, you won’t want to leave home without these important items. Even in a one-person ice shelter, there is room for essential ice-fishing items that you should never leave home without:  Tip-ups and ice fishing rods/reels  Ice shelter (anything to keep out of the wind)  Propane heater for cold days Spud bar (for checking ice thickness)  Ice auger Sled to carry auger and supplies  Five-gallon bucket to carry …

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Clear Creek: A Special Hunting Area for Waterfowlers

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ver the years, I’ve hunted geese and ducks many places, but some of my fondest memories have been made with family and friends at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) west of Lake McConaughy. My son shot his first duck from a pit there, our family dogs have retrieved many a bird there, and the laughs and breakfasts in the blinds are icing on the cake. Best of all this area is open to the public. Clear Creek WMA is …

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Best Fall Wild Edibles: Roots

Root coffee

During the fall and into the winter months, some of the best edibles are available. After the edibles of summer are gone, the roots of several plants can be utilized. Dandelion Root Dandelions (Taraxacum) grow from a long taproot. A first-year plant will have a root similar to that of a parsnip, bearing a light color and its flesh almost uniform when cross sectioned. An older plant’s root surface, however, is rougher and darkens to a brown color. These roots …

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Convergence on Sacred Ground

If the hills and bluffs at Ash Hollow State Historical Park could talk they would have been buzzing about the Convergence on Sacred Ground event last weekend. Perhaps they were pleased to have the Lakota’s with their teepees, dances and sacred dialog being echoed about. Wagons once again rolled along the Oregon/California trail. The sounds of horses and cattle filled the air as cowboys roped and branded cattle on the meadows of the park. And the aromas from Dutch ovens …

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Dancing on the prairies

It has been another great year of viewing prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse as they performed their mating rituals on the prairie. The displays usually occur from mid-April through the first week of May. If you have never experienced the mating rituals of these two species of birds I suggest you put this on your to do list for next spring.  I cannot express how exciting the mating displays are as these birds gather on their leks to claim territories …

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Ashland’s Johansson Wins 16-Yard Title at Cornhusker Trapshoot

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Maxwell Johansson of the Ashland 4-H trap team was the winner in 16-yard targets in the senior high division of the 47th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot on Friday. He shot a perfect score of 75 and then won a shoot-off against two competitors. Riley Ross of Grand Island and Brandon Kreikemeier of Omaha Creighton Prep also shot 75s and finished second and third, respectively. North Platte’s Zack Krzyzanowski, the two-time defending champion at 16 yards, shot a 73 …

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Spellman No Stranger to Cornhusker Trapshoot

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Maddy Spellman is no stranger to the Cornhusker Trapshoot. She has competed in the annual event for a few years now. Thursday was a first for her. It was the first time the 13-year-old has competed in the event shooting from a wheelchair. Spellman, who has been shooting since a young age, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia six years ago. She has undergone chemotherapy, radiation treatment and a stem cell transplant. But since last …

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Searching for the Mighty Morel

It’s official, Lincoln County is in the books for morel mushrooms this year. This week co-workers of mine found the mighty morel mushrooms at one of our wildlife management areas in southwest Nebraska and today I found more along the river near North Platte. Resent rains along with sunshine and warming temperatures have prompted the mushroom to sprout. This weekend I’m sure many morel collectors will be out hunting the rich, nutty mushroom. The central and western part of the …

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