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New on the Aquatic Invasive Species Front

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The new year is just around the corner and there will be some new things you should know.  I want to point out the role we all play in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.  That role will include some additional funding to aid in those efforts” Boaters to Help Nebraska Fight Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species LINCOLN – Boaters in Nebraska, starting in 2016, will help the state’s effort to prevent the infestation and spread of Aquatic Invasive …

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A Tribute to Harley, the Lake Dog

They’re more than just pets; more often than not, they’re members of your family who’ve stuck by you through thick and thin. But, like any living thing, they will eventually pass. The death of a pet to which we have become emotionally bonded can be a traumatic loss. Such was the case when my brother-in-law Dean had to put down Harley, his constant companion and dog of nearly eight years of age, recently due to terminal health issues. Harley was an English …

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Another Huge Muskie

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Big fish fascinate me, especially big, bad, top-of-the-food-chain, apex predator fish!  So, I hope you do not mind my sharing news about another one that was caught in another state again this past week.  A couple weeks ago I blogged about a big muskie caught from Mille Lacs in Minnesota, on a fly rod,  World Records! Well, if you thought that was a big fish. . . ain’t nothing.  Check out this one caught from the same water! Here is …

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Wildcat Hills Hunt Helps New Yorker, Commission Meet Goals

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One more for the books. Barbara Sackman of Long Island, New York, added to a long string of hunting accomplishments with a trip to the Nebraska Panhandle this week. As one of just two bighorn sheep permit holders in the state, she harvested a big ram Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Cedar Canyon Wildlife Management Area in the Wildcat Hills seven miles southwest of Gering. The ram, which was among a group of about 20 sheep at the base of …

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Adventure Report, Thanksgiving 2015

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If you have followed my blog for awhile, you might remember that my family and I usually spend the long Thanksgiving weekend back home “out west”.  We spend lots of time with family, do a lot of feasting, game-playing and laughing, but also slip out to enjoy some time on the water and in the field while we are there.  The Thanksgiving weekend is a great time for us to combo up on both hunting and fishing, and this year …

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Some Quick Updates, Dec. 1, 2015

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Short, quick blog today.  I just want to mention a couple of updates on projects that are underway right now. . . . Conestoga Reservoir Our long-awaited Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation project at Conestoga Reservoir near Denton finally got underway this fall.  Now this project is going to take some time, work will probably be ongoing over this entire next year, but water levels are low enough that progress is already being made this fall.  Now, I do not understand all …

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6 Things Grandson Can Learn From Grandpa

This past Thanksgiving weekend was a very special one for me and my family. On Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 12:31 p.m., we welcomed into the world a healthy 8 lbs. 1 oz. Jackson Edward Wagner, my first grandchild, woo-hoo! Let me tell you that the immediate relationship or bond between a grandchild and grandparent is a such a special one, it is indescribable! In my view, grandparents act as authority figures and provide unconditional love. They also get to spoil their grandchildren …

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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 the …

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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 was …

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Happy Thanksgiving, 2015

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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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