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Common Scents

A No-nonsense Approach to Scent Control Besides Nebraska farmers, no group in the state frets over the weather more than deer hunters. They study barometric pressure, moon phase, temperature and daylight hours, trying to figure out when deer will move and where. Of all these factors, they pay the most attention to the wind, and for good reason. While we experience the world through our eyes, deer live in a world of smell, and the wind is what delivers that …

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R3 Summit

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I need to spread the word on this: Registration open for virtual Hunting, Fishing R3 Summit LINCOLN, Neb. — The 2020 Hunting and Fishing R3 Summit is going virtual this year, streaming live over Zoom from 10 a.m. to noon CST Aug. 5. Register at OutdoorNebraska.org/r3summit on or before Aug. 2 to receive the virtual meeting Zoom link via email. Those unable to attend will be able to watch a recording of the summit online at a later date. “We …

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DIY: Harvesting Wild Fruits and Berries in Nebraska

I always get rather impatient this time of year. Is it the hunting seasons that are forthcoming? No, not really. Then, why? Well, I am anxiously waiting to harvest elderberries. Elderberries! Ripe elderberries growing on a Sarpy County, NE farm. Elderberries are never to be eaten raw, but must be properly prepared and used in proven recipes only. Photo by Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Yep. I am thinking about that tasty elderberry jelly that a buddy of mine …

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Some Updates, July 27, 2020

Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area has experienced back-to-back storms that have washed out roads in July 2020. | Photo courtesy Julie Fraley

Yes, there have already been news releases on these, and no, I am not letting anyone know before the weekend.  But, I am betting there are still some who have not heard.  So. . . . Rock Creek Lake SRA, hatchery temporarily close after storm washes out road July 24, 2020 LINCOLN, Neb. — Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and Rock Creek Hatchery in Dundy County are closed until further notice after a Thursday night storm washed out access …

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Funniest Place on Earth

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I have seen a lot of funny things happen at boat ramps.  The hotter, busier the boat ramp, the better it gets. Watched a fiberglass inboard/outboard get deposited about ten feet short of the water one time.  The crunching sound sent shivers up my back. Another time it was a husband and wife team, the greatest entertainment potential.  No matter what, they could not get the boat to come off the trailer.  Back it in deeper, rev the boat motor, …

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Good, Better, Best

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Have not blogged about this for a while.  I usually “stir” a few folks when I do.  I grin maniacally when that happens; it means some have had to stop and think for a minute. It is mid-summer, it is hot, time to do it again. . . blog about catch & release and proper fish handling. Now, understand where I come from on this subject.  I AM ALWAYS GOING TO COME DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE FISH, THE …

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A Summer Checklist for a Safe and Successful Hunt

The intense heat and humidity of summer’s “dog days” are here. Ears of sweet corn are being harvested. Boating, swimming, tubing and fishing are being widely enjoyed now. But, wait a second. For those of us who are avidly involved in the hunting lifestyle and its year-round process, summer means a myriad of things to do if we are to have a safe and successful fall hunt. I don’t know about you, but in mid-summer, my thoughts begin to drift …

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New Lake Map

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Many of you know about the complete aquatic habitat rehabilitation project recently completed at Conestoga Reservoir.  If you have not had a chance to check it out, you need to.  As a matter of fact, a bunch of folks are catching fish there already, although none of the fish are very big yet. There was a ton of dirt work done at Conestoga.  We also built/installed a variety of angler access improvements and fish attractors.  I said you need to …

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My Idea of Social Distancing

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I do not understand why, but I have had several fishing partners accuse me of being “anti-social”.  They think I am always off fishing 200 yards away, by myself. I do not know what they are talking about, but yes, this is my idea of “social distancing”: Social Distancing Keep it movin bro no fish here⁠! Posted by Mystery Tackle Box on Friday, March 20, 2020 Which, by the way, has been hard to do with all the folks fishing …

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Trout Slam Update

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Been a while, too long, since I have given an update on our Nebraska Trout Slam.  I am sure most will remember, but in case you do not, follow the link to learn what a Nebraska Trout Slam is.  Briefly, it is catching one of each of the four species of trout found in Nebraska; brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow.  Get that done, register your catches, and you will receive a certificate and hat pin. According to my latest ciphering, …

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