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Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

Panhandle Afield Podcast: Wintering Wildlife

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring outdoor topics and opportunities of the Nebraska Panhandle. This week, the program focuses on the special features that help wildlife species make it through the winter. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Wintering Wildlife Air Dates: Jan. 20-27 Length: 3:00 Episode 253

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Skunks

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring outdoor topics relevant to the Nebraska Panhandle. This week the discussion is about skunks. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Skunks Air Dates: Jan. 13-20 Length: 3:00 Episode 252

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Fish Parasites

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring outdoor topics relevant to the Nebraska Panhandle. This week the discussion is about fish parasites. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Fish Parasites Air Dates: Jan. 6-13 Length: 3:00 Episode 251

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Jackrabbits

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, the topic is jackrabbits. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Jackrabbits Air Dates: Dec. 16-23 Length: 3:00 Episode 250

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Hunters successful in Nebraska bighorn harvest

Jerry Fischer with ram

Nebraska’s bighorn sheep hunting season ended Dec. 6 when a hunter from the eastern end of the state punched his tag, one of the two permits issued for the season. Todd Nordeen, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission big game and disease research manager who supervises the hunting program, said each of the two rams harvested this year was a mature adult with full-curl horns. Both were harvested in the Wildcat Hills of the Panhandle. Jerry Fischer of Denton bagged …

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Special permit required for muzzleloader muley hunters in Pine Ridge

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As muzzleloader deer season gets underway, hunters are being reminded that the Pine Ridge was added to Nebraska’s list of Mule Deer Conservation Area units this year. That means hunters must carry a Pine Ridge MDCA Permit to harvest mule deer in the unit; the Statewide Muzzleloader and Restricted Statewide Buck permits are no longer valid for that species there. It also means the Pine Ridge MDCA permit — which is valid for any deer, except antlerless mule deer — …

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Panhandle Afield: Ice Fishing Prep

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, the topic is preparations for ice fishing. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Ice Fishing Prep Air Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 2 Length: 3:00 Episode 247

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Haunted Halloween

at Fort Robinson State Park By Justin Haag, Nebraskaland Magazine Some say ghosts haunt the historical grounds of Fort Robinson State Park. Whether it is true, on one night in late October, the spooky side of the park will take center stage — and, judging from the previous year’s success, visitors are anything but scared away. The staff at Fort Robinson is gearing up for the park’s second “Haunted Halloween,” an event that features wagon rides, a chili feed and …

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Public asked to report dead, sick big game

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Nebraska wildlife officials say conditions throughout much of the state are suitable for the spread of deadly viral diseases among big game populations. They are asking the public to report unexplained death or illnesses of deer, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, often causes high fever, internal bleeding, swelling, lesions, lethargy, increased heart rate, dehydration, salivation, incoordination and loss of fear of humans. The symptoms and spread are similar to bluetongue disease, another disorder that can …

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Fort Robinson Haunted Halloween is Oct. 29

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Fort Robinson State Park’s Haunted Halloween is returning for its second year, but will be in a slightly different location from the first. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the park’s Parade Ground and Buffalo Soldiers Barracks. Deb Kennedy, assistant park superintendent, said the event was moved from last year’s location, the Soldier Creek Campground, because construction of an electrical upgrade is underway there. She said the change in location is for …

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