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Happy New Year, 2023

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If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that my first day on the ice each year is a day to be celebrated!  In fact, I proclaim that day each year as “New Year’s Day”.  It is the first day of the new ice season, first day of the next year’s season. I celebrated New Year’s Day 2023 on “black Friday”. Yes, I know that was a couple of weeks ago.  I did not blog about it …

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Annual Ice Safety Reminder

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Believe it or not, I know there have been some folks on the ice in Nebraska already.  Most of us are going to have to wait.  How long we might wait, I have no idea, hopefully not long.  But, I know we are anxious and every year it does not hurt to review ice safety.  I have already walked away from some ice this year that was NOT safe.  So, I am simply going to brush off an old blog …

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Give Back to the Outdoor Community in 2023

The holiday season is upon us and the arrival of 2023 is just around the bend. The holiday period with the new year beckoning gives us a segue to pause and reset, recharge and re-focus our energies. In all sincerity, this season coupled with the new year allows us to curb our bad habits, improve ourselves, change our outlook on life to a positive one and see how we can make a difference. As avid outdoors-persons, this time of year …

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Thanksgiving Adventure Report

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Will give a quick report today on some of my adventures over the Thanksgiving holiday.  My wife and I ventured west to spend the long weekend with my son, aunt, cousins and their families.  We had a great time, ate a lot of good food, played games, told stories, hunted and fished. Yes, I said fished. . . . On ice. Now, I hesitate to even mention that because there is hardly any ice in the state that is safe …

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Boat Ramp News

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I know, not much demand for boat ramps at the end of November, but some news items I want to share anyway: Hershey Beach boat ramp at Sutherland, two ramps at Enders to reopen Three boat ramps at Sutherland Reservoir and Enders state recreation areas will reopen to the public Nov. 29 after several improvements were completed. At Sutherland, the erosion under the Hershey Beach boat ramp has been repaired, and rock riprap has been placed along both sides of …

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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, 2022

Getting ready to head out for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Want to leave you with this blog post before I take a break for a few days. We have a lot for which to be thankful.  If you spend some time, quiet, on the water or in the field, alone, I do not see how you cannot be impressed with that fact.  It comes to me often and not just when I catch a big fish or take game.  I am …

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Gracie Creek Pond Open

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Highlighting another news item today.  No, it will not interest a lot of you, but I know it will be of much interest for some of you: Gracie Creek Pond set to reopen to anglers The Gracie Creek Pond rehabilitation project is nearing completion, and the area once again will be open for anglers to pursue rainbow trout. The pond is located in the northwest corner of Calamus Reservoir along Highway 96. It was severely damaged from flooding and sedimentation …

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Amazed

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This past week has been the main rifle deer season in Nebraska.  If you are an outdoors-person, you would be living under a rock not to know that.  Social media has been full of photos, some of some really nice deer.  I have heard some good stories too. Seriously, it is good knowing that a lot of folks have been in the field making a lot of memories this past week! In the past I have commemorated the deer season …

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Ice Fishing Primer

I know I am not the only one.  There are some of you that are just as crazy as I am. . . . This cold snap has us wondering how soon we might be on the ice! Now, I am not going to post my annual reminder about ice safety, yet.  My bet is it is going to be a while yet before we have enough ice to be ice-fishing.  However, I know it is not too soon to …

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