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Firearm Deer Season: Enjoying the Experience, Making Memories

We are now just under one week away from the opening day of Nebraska’s largest hunt – the firearm deer hunting season. It opens this Saturday, November 15th. I can hardly wait! This is one of the absolute best times of year to be outside with the deer rut happening! My lovely wife Polly of 26 years says that everything comes to a grinding halt in the Wagner family with the opening of that deer season. It’s a wonderful tradition though. For many …

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Game and Parks Projects Get Boost by AmeriCorps

A special group of workers completed four and a half weeks of sprucing up Nebraska Game and Parks Commission properties in northwestern Nebraska this week. The seven workers of the team were enrolled in AmeriCorps, the federal National Civilian Community Corps program that provides intensive service learning opportunities for adventurous workers ages 18-24. The group joined Commission staff in completing a variety of projects to improve Walgren Lake State Recreation Area, Chadron State Park, Metcalf Wildlife Management Area and Chadron …

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“The Eat”

The weather forecast for next week is cold.  Of course I will be all fired up to hit the ice as soon as it is safe, but I hate to see my fall fishing come to an end. I may never cast a spey rod on some western river trying to catch a steelhead, but there is a lot in this video that I can relate to. A lot that tells you why I hope I have a few weeks of …

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Ray Schuette on Great Outdoor Radio Show

It’s the prime time to take to the tree stand for an archery deer hunt here in Nebraska! Archery deer hunting expert Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE pays a special visit to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is an accomplished bowhunter and is a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program.    You’ll find Ray highly informative, friendly and engaging. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I …

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Venison Donation Programs Highlighted on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be highlighting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s two venison donation programs on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this evening! The  two programs that support deer donation in Nebraska are Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) and the Deer Exchange. HHH is funded completely by donations from the public and pays for the processing of whole field-dressed deer that hunters donate at any participating HHH deer processor. The online Deer Exchange program allows hunters who want to donate venison to link …

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Deep Water Mortality

I am going deep with this blog post, no pun intended.  Have to start with a story. . . . Several years back on a late October day, I spent some time fishing Elwood Reservoir with the maintenance man from our headquarters facilities (yes, even our maintenance men hunt and fish!).  We found some baitfish in deep water, in fact I will never forget watching the depth-finder, jigging a Rattle Snakie in 51 feet of water, when I hooked a really nice fish–ended up …

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#HuntNebraska – Live Hunting Chat Today @ Lunch

Today is the day to join the guys from the Nebraska Game and Parks over lunch and talk all things hunting during the live Twitter Chat (12 noon – 1:00 p.m. CST).  NGPC Hunting Outreach Specialists Jeff Rawlinson and Aaron “Hershy” Hershberger, along with Big Game Manager Kit Hams, will be online to offer up tips for the upcoming November deer season.   Feel free to ask them for thoughts about waterfowl, upland bird or any Nebraska hunting season, too. …

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Twitter Chat Today #HuntNebraska

Hey, today is the day to talk online about Nebraska deer hunting or anything related to Nebraska hunting during a LIVE Twitter from Noon to 1 p.m. CST. with my fellow Game and Parks compatriots and deer hunting experts Kit Hams, Jeff Rawlinson and Aaron Hershberger. They will be poised and ready for your questions and/or comments! Let’s all talk “deer.” You can simply tweet your questions or comments to them using @NEGameandParks and #HuntNebraska. I’ve already tweeted them in advance of the chat and asked each of them their …

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November. Too much to do?

Welcome to November and all it has to offer in its short 30-day span.  For the hunter the toughest part may be choosing just what to chase next. The migration is on and all parts of Nebraska’s duck zones are currently open. There are a good number of local Canada geese around the state and there will be more added as it cools down further north. Bird season is open and you can pursue grouse, chickens, pheasant and quail.  (and …

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High School Bass Fishing Regionals

If you remember back in July we held our Nebraska High School Bass Fishing Championship at Merritt Reservoir, 2014 High School Bass Fishing Championship .  Twenty-four teams from across Nebraska participated at that tournament and I believe the competitors did a very good job of catching fish.  At that time I told you that our top two teams could advance to the regional finals held this year on the Red River in Louisiana.  Our Nebraska teams have done very well at …

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