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Spring Turkey Report, Snow Bird

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Gonna blog about my spring obsession here again today–spring turkey hunting.  This time I have a report about the bird my son got.  I was not able to hunt with him, but he filled me in on every detail when he got home. Daniel had some business “out west” last weekend, so he planned to spend a little extra time with family out there and slip in some turkey hunting while he was at it.  You all know how lousy the …

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Wild Asparagus!

Wild asparagus. Photo by Greg Wagner.

Morel mushrooms may be the heart of foraging activity in Nebraska, but the spring gathering of wild plants in the countryside for the table goes well beyond fungi. Consider, wild asparagus. Tender, succulent and with a flavor zest that combines subtle sweetness and slight bitterness, asparagus growing in the countryside doesn’t taste anything like the asparagus from the produce section of your large supermarket! Wild asparagus has high nutritional value. It is about as Paleo as it gets. Whether cooked or eaten raw, it is packed with …

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Searching for the Mighty Morel

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It’s official, Lincoln County is in the books for morel mushrooms this year. This week co-workers of mine found the mighty morel mushrooms at one of our wildlife management areas in southwest Nebraska and today I found more along the river near North Platte. Resent rains along with sunshine and warming temperatures have prompted the mushroom to sprout. This weekend I’m sure many morel collectors will be out hunting the rich, nutty mushroom. The central and western part of the …

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Shhhhhh!

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Please allow me to interrupt my usual subject material here on my blog. . . . It is turkey season and my mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time.  Right now it bounces back and forth between spring turkey hunting, mushroom picking and fishing. Every morning I hear the birds singing, they may not be turkeys and I may be in the middle of town, but as soon as I hear them, my ears are straining to …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Workshop in Gering Cancelled

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s youth fishing instructor certification workshop scheduled for April 24 in Gering has been cancelled. These workshops are conducted across the state each year. Youth fishing instructors receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers have access to Nebraska Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also volunteer for such Nebraska Game and Parks programs as Family Fishing Nights and …

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Spring Wild Edibles: There’s More Than Morels!

Wild asparagus. Photo by Greg Wagner.

“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. The morel mushroom picking season is well underway in Nebraska. But, did you know there are other spring delicacies growing wild in the Cornhusker State’s outdoor scene? Oh yes, there sure are! Nebraska offers an abundance and diversity of edible wild plants that can be harvested in the simplest of locations, especially in the springtime. Many of these can be acquired while on a morel mushroom hunt! The spring season (April/May) truly …

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Kids’ Fishing Clinic Set for April 30 at Valentine State Fish Hatchery

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LINCOLN – A free kids’ fishing clinic will be held April 30 at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery. It will be hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Valentine Lions Club. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the clinic starts at 10, rain or shine. Free rod-and-reel combos provided by the Nebraska Walleye Association and donations from other sponsors will be handed out to the first 75 registrants. In the morning, participants will learn about knot-tying, casting, lures …

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Spring Crappies

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There is no doubt that the fish species that can send the largest masses of anglers to the banks during the spring outbreak of fishing fever would be crappies.  Everyone loves to sit on a shoreline on a warm afternoon and experience a good crappie bite.  On the other hand, with schizophrenic weather changes, I can think of no other species of fish that can be more frustrating than spring crappies.  Consistently successful anglers are always adapting and adjusting.  What …

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Some News Items, April 11, 2016

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I know there have already been news releases on these news items, but I like to highlight them again to try to get word around as well as possible.  Although believe me, I know that no matter how much something is publicized there will be someone who did not know when they needed to.  I took a phone call last Friday from a gentleman who had just pulled into the parking lot at Goose Lake and discovered it was closed. …

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“My What Big Teeth You Have!”

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I love big predator fish.  Duh.  Of course part of that comes from the fact that they are just plain big fish, and what angler does not love big fish?  But, it is more than that.  I marvel at the big predator fish in particular because there is such raw power and mystique about them.  It is the same reason I believe that mink, bobcats, coyotes, wolverines, mountain lions, and great whites are such cool creatures.  There is a pure, …

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