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My Marsh Madness: Selection Sunday Light Goose Hunt

Yesterday was an exciting day for college basketball in this state with both Creighton and Nebraska qualifying for the March Madness of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in the same region (congrats to both the Jays and the Huskers, and they may even end up playing each other!). But for me, ‘selection Sunday’  as it is so named, meant ‘marsh madness.’ As you may be able to tell, I spent the entire day hunting light geese (Snow and Ross’s geese) during the Conservation Order hunting period on a friend …

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Respect the Snows

It is just human nature I guess. We take out the stops, bag limits, shell limits, equipment limits and, over time, we seem to value something less. Sometimes, I think that is the case for the snow goose. Don’t get me wrong…I love to chase these critters as much as anyone but after a few years of chasing these birds I have come to a new level of respect. To say the snow goose is an intelligent bird is to …

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Panhandle Passages: Soldier Creek Runs Through It

Some of western Nebraska’s most enjoyable fishing can be found at the ponds on the 22,000 acres of Fort Robinson State Park. Count me among the anglers who have long enjoyed dropping a line at the Carter P. Johnson Lake, Ice House Ponds and Grabel Ponds. Whether from the bank, through the ice, or atop kayaks and jon boats, the ponds serve as a great fishing destination. The scenery is great and the whopper largemouth bass and other species are …

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Friday Funnies in The Great Outdoors

It’s FRIDAAAAAY! So, I thought I’d share some Friday funnies in the area of Nebraska’s great outdoors with you. First, courtesy of Dylan McCaugherty, Interactive Digital Media Manager for us at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (a.k.a. Digital Dylan), comes this one, entitled: The Antelope. Corny, but funny. Next, I have a couple crazy ideas for billboards, postcards, etc. promoting a new Nebraska tourism marketing campaign aimed at attracting outdoor enthusiasts to our state. What do you think? And finally, life would be better with my fishin’ if I …

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It’s a Wrap

Well it finally happened, looks like we are done ice-fishing for the year.  The last day I walk off the ice is one of the saddest days of the year for me. But it was a great ice season!  My partners and I had almost 3 full months on the ice this winter–the way it should be.  We were drilling holes all the way up through last weekend. So, consider this as my last ice report for this year; let …

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Talkin’ Trout on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Yep! we’ll definitely be talkin’ trout as our mission will be fishin’ on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this week. That’s because the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake just west of the metro has been stocked and is open, plus thousands more pan-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in various waters around the state in the next 2-3 weeks starting today in the WOWT 6 viewing area! Tune in, find out more info, and …

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Spring is in the air, and below the water

If you have read my blog for any time at all, you know I love to ice-fish.  As a hard-core ice angler, one of the saddest days of the year is the last day I walk off the ice for the season.  I just do not understand folks who refuse to ice fish, who sit around and wait all winter for open water.  GO FISH!  All the time! I also find it curious that so many folks judge the seasons …

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All About Trout and Taking Kids Fishing

Spring pan-sized rainbow trout stockings are underway in Nebraska already with the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake near Waterloo, NE receiving fish! Many more water bodies around the state will be getting trout (like the one below) very soon! And, the stockings are just in time for some decent weather for wetting a line with your kids! I’ll be fishing later this week at the Two Rivers Trout Lake with my 16 year-old, high school sophomore Son Noah …

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Damselflies

For those of you who are grumpy because you do not ice fish, I have a warmer, more springy, summery blog post this Friday.  I often take a little break over lunch hour and watch some fishing videos.  Although I am not a fly-fishing purist by any means, I love watching fly-fishing videos like those that can be found here, Orvis Fly-Fishing Videos. One of the trailers I found there early this week really caught my attention: That is just …

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