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An Outdoor Challenge for 2015

Resolutions are popular this time of year, both in their making and breaking. I have a few annual resolutions myself: get organized and spend more time outdoors.  Ok…being as creative as I am about the placement and random storage of needed items, getting organized by the standard definition is a pipe dream.  But I do plan on increasing my time outside. And making it better, too, by measuring it differently this year.  I challenge you to do the same… How …

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Hunting is about Watching Wildlife, Like “Whitey”

I swear that game birds and animals know when hunting seasons close. Sometimes I think they can actually read our Game and Parks hunting publications, don’t you? I’m kidding, just kidding. Such was the case though yesterday when a lone, wayward snow goose lit near our Canada goose hunting spread  in Dodge County, NE. The goose hung out with us all day, eventually ending up in our decoys. It was wildlife watching at its finest as the Nebraska light goose …

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2015 Fishing Forecast

Start planning your 2015 fishing trips!  The 2015 Fishing Forecast is available NOW! Ice anglers, study this very carefully, the waters you should be fishing right now are contained therein! “Hard copies” of the forecast will be available soon at Game & Parks offices, and of course look for them at all the sport shows we will be attending in the coming weeks. There will be a lot of great fishing for a variety of species all across Nebraska again …

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Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Jan. 3rd, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for 2015. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field. You’ll find this program to be …

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A Look Back, 2014

I guess as we come to the close of another year on the calendar it is natural to take a look back.  For me there was a tremendous amount that happened in 2014, some good, some bad, with family, fins, feathers, and fur running through all of it.  Let me share a few reflections, show some pictures, tell you what I will remember about 2014. In my mind, I start a “new year” on the first day I get on …

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Platte River State Park’s Yule Log Quest, Do It!

So, what are you and your family doing this Saturday afternoon? Nothing? Have plans, scrap ’em. Because, Platte River State Park’s 2nd Annual Yule Log Quest/Fun Winter Activities Day will be happening! The park landscape is beautiful this time of year, perfect for a scavenger hunt of sorts called a Yule log quest! If you’re wondering about the Yule log quest, it is not your traditional run/walk race. Your pre-registered team of 3 to 5 members will be tested mentally …

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Bonnie and Paul

A recent issue of In-Fisherman magazine had a story on the back page about fishing dogs.  Matter of fact, that story was written by my boss, so you all better read it. I have ice-fished with my boss’s dog, Lizzie.  She is everything described in the story.  She loves it so much when someone is catching fish, that when she hears the water splashing in your ice hole, she comes running right over to investigate.  When I say “investigate”, I mean …

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A Christmas Wish and the 2014 Holiday Wildlife Tree

First, I wanted to take this time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Second, like last year, I wanted to share photos of my brother-in-law Dean Dennhardt’s unique decorative, holiday wildlife tree. This year though he has outdone himself. He has added even more antlers, more feathers and more creatively done ornaments to it! Of course, all deer antlers, rooster pheasant and wild turkey feathers provided by yours truly here. I wish you the “Merriest of Christmases!”

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Merry Christmas

Someone in my family snagged a Duck the Halls CD last Christmas.  It has been playing in the pickup most of the time the past couple of weeks. This is probably my favorite song: I fully realize that “reality TV” is not real.  But, I have to tell you I love the characters, the family, represented on Duck Dynasty.  The “plot” may be made for TV, but the people come across as being very real, genuine, crazy as they may be.  They …

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Holiday Season: Thankful for the Beauty of Nature

It’s the holiday season and I’m thankful for the beauty of nature in Nebraska. I am thankful for the sky. I am thankful for the breathtaking views of the landscape. I am thankful for the diversity of habitat. Grasslands. Wetlands. Woodlands. Water. And, yes, even cropland. I am thankful for all free-ranging, living creatures. Large. Medium. And, small. I am thankful for being allowed to harvest nature’s bounty. I am thankful for being given the role to become an active participant in the cycle of nature, the …

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