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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: Trout Slam

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, Joe Rydell of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission discusses the state’s Trout Slam. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Trout Slam Air Dates: March 11-18 Length: 3:00 Episode 210

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New Life for the Old Stevens

Heavily marred with dirt, dings, scratches and rust, it did not look like much. Despite its condition, I knew the item handed to me — a Stevens Springfield 87A .22 semi-automatic rifle — was a special gift. I best remember the gun from my childhood in southwestern Nebraska in the 1980s; it hung on the rack in Grandpa Alfred’s beat-up green Ford as it was parked at his and Grandma’s service station on Danbury’s main street. Resting in the rear …

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Wildlife Management Areas

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, Pat Molini of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission discusses Wildlife Management Areas. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Wildlife Management Areas Air Dates: March 4-11 Length: 3:00 Episode 209

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Wildlife Conservation Fund

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, Melissa Panella of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission discusses the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Wildlife Conservation Fund Air Dates: Feb. 25-March 4 Length: 3:00 Episode 208

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Northern Pike

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, the northern pike is the subject. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Northern Pike Air Dates: Feb. 18-25 Length: 3:00 Episode 207

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Wildlife-friendly Fence

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring topics of the Nebraska Panhandle’s great outdoors. This week, the segment is about wildlife-friendly fencing.     Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Wildlife-friendly Fence Air Dates: Feb. 11-18 Length: 3:00 Episode 206

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Coyote Hunting

By Justin Haag A weekly radio segment featuring outdoor topics relevant to the Nebraska Panhandle. This week, Joe Rydell discusses coyote hunting. Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Coyote Hunting Air Dates: Feb. 4-11 Length: 3:00 Episode 205

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Skunks

By Justin Haag Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Skunks A weekly radio segment featuring outdoor topics relevant to the Nebraska Panhandle. This week, the show focuses on skunks. Air Dates: Jan. 28-Feb. 4 Length: 3:00 Episode 204

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Panhandle Afield Podcast: Wildlife in Winter

By Justin Haag Justin Haag · Panhandle Afield: Wildlife in Winter A weekly radio segment featuring outdoor topics relevant to the Nebraska Panhandle. This week, the show focuses on the remarkable features that help wildlife species survive cold weather. Air Dates: Jan. 21-28 Length: 3:00 Episode 203

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Changes bring happy campers to Lake McConaughy

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OGALLALA, Neb. — In registering visitors for campsites, Nebraska’s largest reservoir sailed uncharted waters in 2021. The predominant verdict is that it was a highly successful voyage. Last April, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission implemented changes needed to create a safer, family-friendly environment at the 22-mile-long Lake McConaughy and the smaller reservoir below its dam, Lake Ogallala. One change was requiring reservations during the peak season for camping at the two state recreation areas. The new system, largely implemented …

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