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How To Not Let The Big One Get Away

All of us who love to fish have a story or two about the one that got away, don’t we? Invariably, the tale involves hooking the fish of a lifetime and losing it to unforeseen circumstances. Without question, these stories, however embellished, are actually devastating to those who have a passion for wetting lines. For as many wild and crazy occurrences that aren’t preventable when you lose a large fish, there are a number of things you can control that …

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Trout Slam Update, May 2018

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It was a couple of months ago when I blogged about our first angler to complete the new Trout Slam, First Trout Slam Completed.  Let me catch you up on where we are now: We have had four more anglers complete the Trout Slam, Timothy Engelland from Gering, and his wife Roxanne, Chris Nelson from Alliance, and Donald Elliott from Fremont.  Congratulations to all, and yes, we finally got the hat pins and certificates, they will be coming in the …

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Learn to Fly Catch

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I will admit it.  Some of us who are really serious about our fishing can get a little too uptight sometimes.  At the risk of stereotyping certain anglers, well, let’s just say Hank Patterson puts things in perspective! Seriously, fly-catching can be the best way to fish at certain times, and who cares how well you cast?  You know what?  The fish don’t care a bit, especially bluegills! Get out there and practice your fly-catching, and have fun doing it! …

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Still Time for Nebraska Gobblers

Still have an open Nebraska Spring Turkey Permit?  If so, you could be holding the golden-ticket to some of the best memory-maker hunts the spring has to offer.  You might need some minor tweaks to your strategies, though… More and more hens are starting to nest full time now.  While some others, for whatever reason, won’t be nesting at all this year.  So gobblers are trolling for any and all the remaining hens interested in breeding while avoiding hens that …

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Spring Turkey 2018, Chapter 1

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Once again this blog will be interrupted from its usual fish and fishing content because its author has been distracted by gobbling turkeys.  Actually, Nebraska’s spring turkey season has been ongoing for several weeks now, about time to give a report. . . . One advantage that Nebraska offers spring turkey hunters is the ability to hunt statewide on the same permit.  Each spring I enjoy some casual hunts close to home, when time allows, as well as some more …

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Davis Creek Improvements

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Found a news release I want to share with you, last fall at the end of the summer irrigation drawdown, there were some boat ramp improvements done at Davis Creek Reservoir: LLNRD announces better access at Davis Creek New outdoor opportunities are coming to Davis Creek Recreation Area, located south of North Loup inValley County, thanks to an on-going partnership between theLower Loup Natural Resources District and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Lower Loup NRD has obtained funding through the …

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Learn the basics of handgun shooting in ladies’ introductory series

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women who want to learn how to shoot and increase their knowledge of handguns are invited to attend an introductory handgun series at Platte River State Park in June. Part of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, the Summer Shooting Series features a variety of topics throughout four sessions, including firearm safety, gun handling and range rules. Sessions will be held June 6, 13, 20 and 27, at $15 per class; attendance is required at the first …

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I Love (Hate) Muskies!

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I noted last week that spring was in full swing and I would be in the field as much as possible taking advantage of it.  That has been true and I have some turkey hunting stories to tell. . . . Before I get to that, you know I have been on the water this spring, literally went right from ice-fishing to open-water fishing, but I have not posted any fishing updates for a few weeks.  You also know that …

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Tuxedo Time

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There is no doubt that crappies are a popular fish in the spring.  They can be relatively easy to catch, accessible to every angler, even those fishing from the shore, and tasty on the table.  Given some warm spring weather, which we have finally seen the past few days, and folks are out to catch crappies.  But, there are a lot of misconceptions about crappies in the spring, and clearing some of those up might help you catch even more …

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