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In the Field with Jeff Kurrus – The Blind and Not So Blind

Do you know what you’re looking at below? A one-eyed channel catfish whose eye looks to be completely healed. They sure are tough suckers. How tough? Stay tuned to an upcoming issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine and I’ll tell you. You of course know what you’re looking at in the second photo – the answer to the time on the lake when your stringered fish were completely gone.

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Panhandle Passages: Home of the Eagles

If you’re like me, you probably saw numerous bald eagles in Nebraska this winter and early spring — if not on the wing then in photographs circulating the Internet. The bald eagle’s resurgence is a true conservation success story. Today, though, I find it appropriate to give a little publicity to the bald eagles’ lesser mentioned cousin, the golden eagle. When I told NEBRASKAland associate editor Jeff Kurrus that I planned to photograph golden eagles at a nest in a …

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Panhandle Passages with Justin Haag — It’s a Dream Event

It’s been a day or two, so I certainly don’t remember everything about elementary school. However, one thing I remember, much to my teachers’ chagrin, is that it involved a lot of daydreaming. What about? This time of year, the thoughts surely focused on getting out of the classroom to do some fishing and camping. Of course, those activities usually took a back seat until school dismissed for summer, so forgive me if I harbored some feelings of jealousy as …

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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – Everybody Loves Greg Wagner

I went to Fort Atkinson yesterday for a Press Day Event. In addition to meeting great people from the media, I also had the pleasure of bumping into Greg Wagner. Here are some photos of Greg’s brief stint as an 1820s infantryman. Always a pleasure, Greg. 🙂 Here are some more photos from the Press Day event. We had a great turn out. Professionals from the press and the community attended. Here’s Julie Ashton from the Friends of Fort Atkinson …

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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – Raising Walleye

I’ve never caught a walleye. I’ve never even eaten one. But I’ve sure learned a lot about them in the last month… from setting out lines, to egg collection, hatching, treating, marking and stocking. They’re such amazing, resilient little fish. I kind of feel like a proud mamma– even though the guys did all the work. Shout out to the guys at the Calamus Fish Hatchery. I think you are all the bee’s knees. Thanks for putting up with me.  …

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Panhandle Passages with Justin Haag — Grand Slam? We’ll Settle for an At-bat

After reading numerous wild turkey hunting success stories on the Internet, I figure some might find comfort in hearing from someone who hasn’t been able to bag a tom this season. Two weekends in a row my 10-year-old son and I have failed to be within range to fire a shot at a tom. The two of us are far from being the most accomplished turkey hunters in the woods, but it seems the gobblers just aren’t as responsive in …

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Great Plains Connections with Julie Geiser – Pelican Invasion

American White Pelicans made their presence known – it was a pelican invasion if you will. Pelicans are one of the world’s largest birds and the past week or two there were hundreds – maybe even thousands of them in west central Nebraska utilizing our rivers, interstate lakes and reservoirs. Every spring migration I look forward to seeing the pelicans. I’m not sure what it is that intrigues me about the pelican, but I sure love to watch this giant …

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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – Wildlife at Niobrara

Niobrara State Park is one of my favorite places to visit up in this part of the state. Situated on at the confluence of the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, the landscape in this region is constantly changing– so much that the town of Niobrara has had to relocate twice. Between Nebraska and South Dakota, there is the river and the floodplain, so open, wide and saturated with water. Its marshes holds some of the best water-fowling opportunities in the state. …

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Great Plains Connections with Julie Geiser – Spring Pike Spawn

With spring comes the spawning season for many species of fish in Nebraska – it is also a busy time for the hatcheries in our state that hatch fish eggs and transplant them in our waterways. I have always been curious about how the biologists catch the fish and collect the milt and eggs and how the entire process works from start to finish. During the Northern pike spawn on Pelican lake at the Valentine refuge, I got to find …

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Panhandle Passages with Justin Haag – Still Awaiting Cure for Spring Fever

If there’s one thing I can do that will improve the chances of snowfall, it seems to be any notion of betting against it. As soon as I published the headline “Old Man Winter’s Parting Shot?” for my last blog post, the weatherman answered my question and was calling for another shot from him. As I write this post with snow falling outside my window over a blanket of white, Old Man Winter has proven, indeed, that he had a …

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