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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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Bed Time for ‘Gill

I have pursued, and caught, some of the biggest, baddest fish that swim Nebraska waters.  Spending hours, even days fishing hard with little to show for it knowing that the one fish I might catch could be huge is not a problem–love fishing like that every chance I get.  But, I also love a little more action and a return to my roots, the same roots most of us anglers share, sitting on a shoreline dabbling bobbers and baits in …

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Horsing Around on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Saddle up and come along for the ride on this week’s WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report. In general, I’ll be telling you about the wonderful horseback trail riding and equestrian opportunities at Nebraska state park lands. There are several state park lands that offer guided trail rides. These park lands include Chadron, Fort Robinson, Indian Cave, Niobrara, Mahoney, Platte River and Ponca. Who doesn’t love horses, huh? Omaha’s WOWT 6 Outdoor Report airs LIVE on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST …

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McConaughy Makes Top 10!

You all know I am a Nebraska “homer”–“There is No Place Like Nebraska”.  Yes, part of the reason for that is it is my job, but more importantly, Nebraska IS home, always has been. So, it is nice to see Nebraska waters get some recognition as having excellent fishing. . . . In-Fisherman Top 10 Midwest Walleye Fisheries I fully realize there is a lot of good fishing in a lot of places and I have a list of out-of-state waters …

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Summer Camp Special

Just received this note from Lindsay Shearer, Nebraska 4-H Camp Operations Coordinator, about a special offer on the 4-H Outdoor Skills summer camps listed here.  I recently wrote about these camps, and others, on the blog The Power of Summer Camp.      hershy “We still have several spots available in the Outdoor Skills Sessions that are hosted in partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, at all 3 of our locations (State 4-H Camp, Destination Camps and Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center). …

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A Season of Firsts

I’ve always said the outdoor world presents many different twists and turns, and that’s what makes it so intriguing! I compare entering the outdoor world anytime to going out on that first date: You’re excited, you’re nervous, you’re not wanting to forget anything, you’re probably overdressed and you’re wondering what eventualities might take place. But, I think spending as much time as possible in the field and trying new things improves your overall outdoor knowledge and skill level. In my mind, you’re able …

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Siouxland Fly Fishing Club, 2015

I am heading up to Sioux City this weekend; will be at the monthly meeting of the Siouxland Fly Fishing Club Saturday morning.  The club meets at 9:00 a.m. to do some fly-tying and then their meeting and my presentation, will get going at 10:00.  If you are in that area, please stop by.  They meet at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center on the Iowa side of the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers.  Come for the meeting if you can, …

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Hot Pink the New Hunter Orange?

As you may have heard, Wisconsin lawmakers are currently looking into expanding their blaze orange requirements for deer hunters to allow hot-pink to be worn as well.  The Wisconsin’s Sportsmen’s Caucus – a bipartisan group of lawmakers – hopes the introduced legislation could encourage an even greater breakdown of the gender-divide often seen in hunting, while maintaining the safety aspect of the blaze orange rules.  Females make up about 10% of the deer hunters in Wisconsin, but represent the fastest …

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Ask the C.O. on Radio Show

Get your Nebraska outdoor law and regulation questions ready for Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo on my Saturday Morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. It airs LIVE from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Here’s a photo of Rich on a youth spring wild turkey hunt. Rich and I will be covering various do’s & don’ts, regulation reminders and tips for fishing, boating, state parks, wildlife, hunting and even more. Rich will also touch on what it’s like to be a conservation officer. You’ll find this program to …

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