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Conestoga, Finally Our Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation project at Conestoga Reservoir west of Lincoln is finally getting off the ground! Aquatic Habitat Project to Begin at Conestoga Reservoir LINCOLN – The rehabilitation of the reservoir at Conestoga State Recreation Area is underway. The outlet structure will be modified in preparation for a project to improve aquatic habitat, water quality and angler access. Visitors can expect to encounter areas closed to public access near construction equipment and work areas. The reservoir has …

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Twelve Tips for Taking Kids Pheasant Hunting

One of the most rewarding experiences for me has been making time to take my own kids out hunting. I have worked hard to pass along that great Nebraska hunting heritage and to instill in them an interest in hunting with an appreciation for nature. Consequently, today all of them enjoy various hunts here in the Cornhusker State. Having four kids ages 27, 23, 21 and 18, I know what it is like to usher in, nurture and train young hunters. …

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“Don’t Cross the Streams”

My blogging buddy here at the Game & Parks and I are blogging about the same thing today, Bauer on Great Outdoor Radio Show.  Yep, Greg Wagner and I will be together on the radio tomorrow morning.  Greg has a weekly show on 1620 The Zone, 9:00 each Saturday morning.  We will be talking all things fish and fishing tomorrow, fall fishing, state record paddlefish, trout stockings, etc., etc.  It is a live, call-in show, listen on the radio in …

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Fort Robinson Christmas Dinner Tickets Available Nov. 2

It may be the season of pumpkin patches and changing leaves but people should think ahead to a different season if they want a place at the table for the annual Historical Christmas Dinner at Fort Robinson State Park. Tickets for the popular event, which are known to sell in a hurry, will become available at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2. The dinner will be Saturday, Dec. 5. This year’s menu replicates the bill of fare from the Fort’s dinner …

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Bauer on Great Outdoor Show

Get your Nebraska fish and fishing questions answered LIVE on this week’s Great Outdoor Radio Show (G.O.R.S.) by the guru of the finned creatures – Mr. Daryl Bauer! Daryl is a fisheries biologist and the popular fisheries outreach program manager here at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Ever seen his cool blog? He joins you Saturday morning on my show that airs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone”. Daryl is always very informative and entertaining! Here are the phone numbers to ask questions of him …

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BO-W 2015

I gave you a little preview of our main Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop a couple of weeks ago, BO-W.  I have caught my breath after that busy weekend, let me give you a little review.  Believe me, it ain’t about me, but let me give you a little review of how the weekend went for me. Thursday Once again this year our big BO-W weekend was held at the 4-H camp at Halsey.  Each year I like to head out …

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Hunting for Business

It’s long been known by businesses that hunting can be a stimulator for the economy. When the big summer tourism season winds down, motel owners, restaurants and retailers look forward to the influx of people dressed in camouflage and orange to keep those dollars flowing. A study by Southwick Associates estimates the annual economic impact of hunting to be $848 million in Nebraska, with $562 million in retail sales and 8,856 jobs supported. Those are big numbers and, considering what …

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Talkin’ Trout on TV

Pan-sized rainbow trout stockings for fall and winter fishing come front and center on my LIVE Weekly TV Outdoor Report, Thursday at 6 p.m. CST during the Omaha’s WOWT 6 News sportscast. Northwest Omaha’s  Standing Bear Lake at 138th & Fort Street already has received 4,000 of these hearty 10-inch rainbows from the Grove Trout Rearing Station and anglers are catching them! As a reminder, if you are unable to view the live broadcast of the outdoor report, video replays of it can be seen after …

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Stop the Presses, BIG FISH!

I started getting notifications about a big fish caught over the weekend, a really big fish.  So, I realize this has been all over the internet already and has hit at least one newspaper; you may have already heard about it, but even if you have, I know folks love hearing about and seeing big fish! It appears our rod & reel state record for paddlefish has been broken!  Tom Keller from Malcolm was enjoying our paddlefish snagging season in …

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Hunting experience goes beyond the harvesting

The air is crisp and cold. Hardwood trees stand motionless and silent — faint brush strokes against the slowly lightening predawn sky. Small sounds begin to carve the creek bottom. A raucous calamity of crows can be heard in the distance. An assertive blue jay appears on a limb. Two fox squirrels squabble amid the leaves on the woodland floor. In the grass beyond the trees, a rooster pheasant cackles; greeting the first full rays of the sun. Suddenly, and …

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