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Visit Mulberry Lane

Gosh, I love to pick and eat mulberries. C’mon, who doesn’t, right? I guess it’s the Nebraska kid in me (and many of us) who like to do that! Growing up on the western edge of Gretna, NE, my buddies and I would hike the nearby woods and seek out those mulberry trees with their ripe, sweet, dark purple fruit from mid June to early July. I fondly recall the days of having purple feet, hands, lips and tongue. What a blast it was (and still is) to take …

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It’s What I Do. . . .

I have a new favorite commercial that has been running on TV lately. . . . I caught a rock bass like that once.  I did not put it in the cooler, I let it go. Yes, all fishermen are liars except you and me, and sometimes I wonder about you! It is the weekend, make sure to tell some tales, some real whoppers.  Or time better spent would be to actually be on the water making up new tales! …

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State Record Update, June 2015

I have a few state record applications sitting here on my desk; time to give you an update.  Let me just take ’em in order. . . . Tiger Trout Tiger trout are a brown trout X brook trout hybrid.  Tigers have never been stocked in Nebraska waters, but we have a few Pine Ridge streams where both brown trout and brook trout are present and hybridization in the wild is a possibility.  We had the first rod & reel …

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Camping Options for Series

Coming to Omaha for any of the big men’s college baseball games June 13 – 24? Need a place to camp? There are some very nice, scenic state park lands with camping options within about a 35-50 minute drive of TD AmeriTrade Park in downtown Omaha where the games will be played. Those state park lands are: – The Eugene T. Mahoney State Park off of I-80 Exit #426 near Ashland (Ph: 402-944-2523) – Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area 1/2 mile northwest of Louisville just west of Louisville, NE (Ph: …

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Intertribal Gathering Celebrating American Indian Culture

Fort Robinson State Park will again celebrate Native American culture during one of the High Plains’ premier powwows. The 16th annual Intertribal Gathering will be Friday through Sunday, June 12-14, featuring traditional dancing, drumming and singing in a family-friendly environment. The event annually attracts hundreds of dancers and spectators. Grand entries are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday under the direction of master of ceremonies Billy Good Voice Elk Jr. A wide …

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Cool Off on WOWT 6 Outdoors!

With the arrival of summer-like weather, I’ll be showing you a cool place to cool off in the Nebraska state park system with your family and friends on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report. It airs on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Look at the pics below, and try to figure out where we’re heading. I think you know where we’re going, but find out for sure and get more information by tuning in to WOWT 6 News LIVE Thursday evening during …

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Troubled Waters

I try to keep things positive on my blog, most of the time.  There also are certain topics that have politics written all over them and I have to be careful what I say about those too.  On the other hand, Nebraska fish and fishing is what I do, both professionally and personally, and there are certain issues that Nebraskans, Nebraska anglers in particular, need to know about. This story ran in the Omaha World Herald this past Saturday.  If …

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Really care? Leave them there!

It’s the time of year when lots of baby wild animals and birds are now on the outdoor scene in Nebraska. Interactions with these cute animals at a distance can be fun and educational. However, please remember that it is illegal and unsafe (for both you and the little critter) to harbor or possess young wildlife. It’s also inhumane to remove young wildlife from its natural surroundings/habitat (including your own backyard)! What’s interesting is that, although you may not see it, there’s a parent animal or …

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Oh Happy Day!

Without a doubt Burchard Reservoir is one of our best fisheries in southeast Nebraska.  The reservoir has a watershed comprised almost entirely of grass and because of that, even though it is a relatively old reservoir, it maintains excellent water quality, great habitat including an abundance of aquatic vegetation, and quality fishing for largemouth bass, panfish and channel catfish.  Over the years, the outlet structure on the Burchard dam had deteriorated to the point that it needed replaced.  That project was …

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Attention: Shooting Sports Enthusiasts!

Find out about the various shooting sport competitions happening at the State Games of America 2015 coming to Nebraska this summer on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. My special guest on the program will be Dr. William (Bill) Schlichtemeier. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs every Saturday morning LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” You’re welcome to call in and ask questions of Bill about the games at either of these phone numbers: Locally 402-951-1620 or …

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