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What to get your hardcore angler?

I guess someone declared the day after Thanksgiving as THE biggest shopping day of the year. Whatever. Regardless, as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been picked over, thoughts turn to Christmas, and for some of us that means panic–what to get our loved ones?  It also leads to dread–“How many ugly ties will I get this year?”   Well, never fear, this year I have the perfect gift ideas for those hardcore anglers in your family! Walleye Wallet For …

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NGPC Rooster Roundup: Davis Creek WMA


Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners and staff are in the midst of the Rooster Roundup — a quest to hunt pheasants on public land throughout Nebraska. The third stop on their journey is described below.   The third day of hunting for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) Rooster Roundup was located at Davis Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) south of North Loup. Davis Creek has 2,450 acres of walk-in public access available. The first of this hunt series …

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Happy Thanksgiving, 2015


Heading out the door for grandmother’s house.  My family, like most of your’s will be getting together with a lot more family for tomorrow’s feast and long weekend.  I love turkey, roast turkey, smoked turkey, fried turkey, turkey nuggets, turkey strips, turkey and noodles, turkey pot pie, cold turkey sandwiches, turkey jerky, turkey ala king, turkey on a stick, turkey, turkey, turkey! We will spend the requisite time with family, but also will slip out and enjoy some hunting and …

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Tracking Fall Turkey

Getting between a turkey's bed and its breakfast usually means success

November is hunting season in Nebraska and as I write this there are no shortages of choices or opportunity for the hunter. Ironically, one option that often gets overlooked around Thanksgiving is the elusive wild turkey. With strong turkey populations, a long season and two-turkeys allowed per permit Nebraska may be the best place to chase fall turkeys, too. Fall turkeys are a bit different in their habits than the ones we chase each spring. Hens are still with the …

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There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great nation of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of wonderful things of which to be thankful, large and small. During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful for while I was in the field. As you look and read through these, I want you to …

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It’s Coming, Better Get Ready!


I will not pretend to know when we are going to have fishable ice this winter.  The long-range forecasts I have been following are calling for a wetter, but also warmer than average winter.  I am still fishing open water and I will absolutely as long as I can.  However, I know this, it is time to start thinking about getting the hard-water gear ready to go. There are a number of auger options on the market today, more than …

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Leftover (Wild) Turkey? Try this Soup Recipe!


Like its domestic counterpart, the wild turkey is a bird that keeps on giving after your Thanksgiving holiday feast and even after everyone has enjoyed having a turkey sandwich or two. So, when your looking at what’s left of the great game bird’s carcass, it offers the final, arguably – the most delicious dish – (wild) turkey soup! And, WOW! Have I got a (wild) turkey soup recipe for you to try! The scrumptious recipe below was given to me …

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Road Work at Lake Wanahoo


I suppose I may be the only one who is still fishing open water.  As I said before, yes I am crazy, crazy like a fox.  When I can walk on it, then my open-water fishing will be over for the year (and my ice-fishing will begin!).  So, no, I am not done fishing open water yet, will dry some more off before it freezes. I may be in the minority, but there still may be a few others that …

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It Is All Just Fishing!


You all know I am an In-Fisherman junkie.  No other publications, videos, TV shows, radio shows, etc. have taught me more about catching fish!  I was reminded of that again when I picked up the October/November 2015 issue and saw the “Inside Angles”, lead-off column by Doug Stange, From Shore.  In that column, Doug makes the case for fishing from shore and that a person does not necessarily have to own a boat and all of the latest modern toys …

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Deer Hunting Summed Up in Unique Way

Noah Wagner with his white-tailed deer buck he harvested during the 2015 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season.

I am currently in the field enjoying spending quality time with family and friends during Nebraska’s 2015 firearm deer hunting season (despite some of our ever-changing Nebraska weather conditions, HA!). We are seeing improved numbers of white-tailed deer on our farm and the adjacent farms that we hunt in southeastern Nebraska and had success on the opening weekend. My 18 year-old son Noah, a high school senior, who has enjoyed playing football at Omaha’s Creighton Prep High School, sums up his firearm deer hunting experience in …

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