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Don’t Judge a Rainbow by it’s Spots

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I got drawn into an on-line discussion the other day about the variable colorations of rainbow trout.  The discussion got me thinking about the different colored rainbows I have caught from a variety of Nebraska waters.  I put together a little “collage” of some of them: Rainbow trout are a species that has been “domesticated”.  They have been selectively bred to be easy to raise in a hatchery.  As a result, there are a variety of different “strains” of rainbow …

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hard-to-Buy-for Outdoor Enthusiast

I know it sounds cliché, but I’ll be the first to admit it. As a hardcore outdoor enthusiast, finding a holiday gift for me is a difficult task. In fact, whether you hunt, trap, fish, boat, kayak, camp, backpack, hike, bike or watch wildlife, I bet you are also in the hard-to-buy-for category. Am I right? We are a picky lot, aren’t we? We are a detailed bunch. We know what we need and desire to have. And what the …

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Happy Thanksgiving 2021

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Heading out the door for grandma’s house.  I will post a short blog here, and will get back to blogging when I get the chance after the holiday. We will celebrate Thanksgiving very much the same as most of you–family, feasting, football.  In addition, we will work in some time in the field and on the water when we can. Once again, we have a lot for which to be thankful.  I know that sometimes gets lost in all the …

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Take ‘Em Fishing Winner

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Just spreading the news again in this blog post: Bartunek family receives grand prize boat in Take ’em Fishing program LINCOLN, Neb. – When the opportunity arose, Mitch and Heather Bartunek decided to introduce their 2-year-old daughter, Tinley, to fishing. And now, after winning the grand prize in the 2021 Take ’em Fishing program, they’re looking forward to enjoying future fishing trips with their growing family from a new Bass Tracker Classic XL fishing boat. “This gives us new opportunities …

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An Apology

I spend a lot of time on shorelines. The trash makes me sick.  Pretty much anytime, anywhere, all I have to do is glance around.  It is everywhere. I have to apologize. . . . I used to think the “litterbugs” were worse than pigs.  However, that is offensive to both bugs and pigs. I do not have a solution.  Yes, you can take a garbage bag and spend some of your time picking up after the slobs.  If you …

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Can You Feel Me Now?

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I have been blogging for a lot of years now.  It has been long enough that yes, there are “re-runs”.  Many of the same topics are relevant seasonally, year after year, and they get repeated in some form. There are other topics that I may have blogged about in the past, and I like to reference those old blogs.  Problem is some of those disappear from the archive over time.  When that happens, I may literally post them again.  Going …

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Are you paying attention to nature’s sounds when deer hunting?

Picture yourself harnessed in a tree stand for deer hunting. You are losing light. It’s nearing sunset. The prime time for deer movement. Suddenly, you hear a squirrel bark and chatter. Then even closer to you, from the same direction, you hear curiosity putts from some wild turkeys. Within a few minutes you hear another squirrel bark and chatter by your location. Then, you hear the guttural grunt of a buck. Out of nowhere appears an adult white-tailed deer doe …

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Took ‘Em Fishing 2021

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We had the Take ‘Em Fishing Challenge again in 2021.  The deadline for participation was the end of October, so our challenge for this year has finished.  There will be news on the grand prize winner soon. I hope you got a chance to participate.  I hope you found someone and took them fishing!!!!!  If you did that, I hope it becomes a habit, whether there is a chance of winning prizes or not. Looking back, I know this year’s …

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What you need to know for the firearm deer hunting season

As Nebraska’s largest hunt by participation – the firearm deer hunting season – comes into view from Nov. 13-21, visions of antlers and venison tenderloins can make the mind wander a bit. So before you take to your stand or blind, glance over these deer hunting safety tips and regulation reminders to keep yourself focused, safe, and within the rules. With 42 years at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and as a landowner and longtime firearm deer hunter in …

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Time

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I guess daylight savings time ends this weekend. Whatever. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour Saturday night.  That is a relatively easy task for most of us, but a little more work for some: Sorry, I could not resist.  I thought it was funny. I wonder if they have to move the cars at Carhenge in Alliance? The old Bauer homestead and my grandparent’s old place are both located north of Alliance.  My grandmother was not a …

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