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Weird

If you spend time in the outdoors, on the water, in the field, or in the “woods”, you have to marvel at the variety you can experience in nature.  Sure, there are patterns, tendencies, habits, cycles, but if you spend anytime at all “out there” you will encounter something from time to time that you have never seen or experienced before.  And that is one thing that keeps us going back, again and again. With that in mind, let me share …

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Carp On!

It is the weekend, time to have some fun. In honor of our Carp-O-Rama events coming up tomorrow at Branched Oak Reservoir and on July 11 at Maloney Reservoir, I have a spoof video to show you: Do not take any of that too seriously.  The guys that do those videos just like to have fun while they are catching fish.  That is what it is about!  Check out more of their videos, Uncut Angling.  They are entertaining and you …

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Radio Show features Big Mac

Nebraska’s massive, scenic outdoor playground, the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala recreational complex in Keith County will be highlighted on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. This is a popular location for fishing, boating, water sports, camping and sightseeing. Lake McConaughy’s water capacity is expected to reach 100 percent later this month! My special guests will be Elise Lockhart of the Keith County Visitors Committee and Colby Johnson who is the Superintendent of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Obviously, fishing will …

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Arrrgggghhhhh! The Buzzing in my Head!

If you live near some of our deciduous forests in eastern Nebraska, or if you are visiting there, you right now have an opportunity to experience an amazing and rare wildlife experience.  In fact I would rank this right up there with the annual sandhill crane migration, turkeys gobbling, elk bugling, or a surface-feeding frenzy of big wipers.  This is even more amazing because it only occurs once every 17 years! The year 2015 is the year of the emergence of …

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Carp-O-Rama on Outdoor Report

If you know me, you know that I loooove fishin’ for carp! So, it’s only fitting that I will be promoting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s ‘carp carnival’ called Carp-O-Rama on my WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report this week. Carp-O-Rama will be held at Branched Oak Lake SRA‘s Lieber’s Point northwest of Lincoln, NE on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you’re invited! Carp fishing is fun for all ages so bring the whole family!       …

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Carp-O-Rama 2015

It is that time of year again!  Our annual “carp-o-rama” events are just around the corner.  These events have been very popular, and you will not want to miss them this summer (see the highlighted yellow boxes on the following brochure). Notice the change in location for the Carp-O-Rama event in southeast Nebraska coming up this next Saturday.  We will NOT be at Pawnee Reservoir like we have been in past years, but have shifted over to the Lieber’s Point …

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Empowers Women

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program in Nebraska continues to grow and empower women. Nebraska was the second state to embrace this outdoor program started by Dr. Christine Thomas from Wisconsin in 1991. Thomas had a mission to give women the knowledge to be active in the outdoors and through the BOW program women gain the confidence needed to engage in all types of outdoor activities. The BOW program has grown not only in Nebraska and Wisconsin but is …

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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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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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