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Discovering the Outdoors Through Nature Journaling

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For Holly Green, her peace of mind during finals in college could reliably be found in one place: between the pages of a black composition notebook. The formula was pretty straight-forward: head to one of the bridges at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, notebook in hand, and just observe: the morning fog over the water, chunks of ice floating down the river, brown bats silhouetted against the moon, the croaking of the bullfrog she dubbed “Romeo” for his incessant singing. …

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Application Period for Archery Paddlefish Permits

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Again I am blogging about something you might have already seen, but I want to spread the word as much as possible and there is something upon which I especially would like to comment.  So, as I have often done, starting with the news release: Archery paddlefish applications accepted March 1-14 LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. …

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Sport Show

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Earlier in the week I noted that I would mostly be talking about Nebraska fish and fishing this week.  A large part of that will be the big show, the Omaha International Boat, Sports and Travel Show.  If you have not seen the video already, here it is: Like every year, our Game & Parks booth will be in the middle of the exhibitor’s booths.  Several of us will be there talking all things Nebraska hunting, fishing, camping, boating and …

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Turkey Call Trifecta

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There are three main types of turkey calls: box, pan, and diaphragm. Turkey hunters should be proficient with the following three main turkey calls to maximize their chances of success. Let’s take a look at each type: Box Boxes are the easiest to master. Simply run the paddle-like lid across the lip of the box’s rectangular sound chamber.  Traditionally, chalk is applied to the lid’s underside to create the friction that produces turkey sounds, although some newer models use a …

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Springtime Foraging: The Dryad’s Saddle

While there will be more chilly, frosty nights — and yes, most likely, more snow — in the Nebraska countryside over the next several weeks, it is safe to say that spring is coming! So, in advance of those days exhibiting warm sunshine, calm breezes and moist conditions, there is a widespread edible, palatable fungi that you need to know. Along with finding and picking morel mushrooms, there is the dryad’s saddle to harvest in your favorite woodlands. Dryad’s saddle? The Dryad’s saddle (Polyporus squamosus) , a.k.a., pheasant back’s mushroom, or hawks wing, is …

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Talk, Talk, Talk

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Got a busy week ahead, a week where mostly I will be talking about fish and fishing in Nebraska.  Oh sure, I will try to hit the ice if I have time, but I have a couple of events on the calendar this week. The first is in York tomorrow evening, a fund-raiser for York Adopt a Pet! I do not have a big presentation or anything for tomorrow evening, but I will certainly be around to talk to folks.  …

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It is Valentine’s Day and Love is in . . . the Water?

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I am a fisheries biologist by training, and well, it could be said that many of us look at the world in a warped way.  For example, today is “Valentine’s Day”, the day to celebrate love.  But, why is Valentine’s Day in February?????  What makes the middle of February more “lovey”?  Or, would it be “lovely”?  “Loveful”?  “Loving”?  Whatever? Anyway, I have postulated that the only logic in having Valentine’s Day in February is that it is in the middle …

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Respect The Tasty Snows

They are not “sky carp,” “lutefisk with feathers,” “an over-cooked catcher’s mitt,” or trash birds.  Your blogger displays snow geese harvested during a recent Light Goose Conservation Order hunt in south-central Nebraska. Photo by Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE. They are classified as light geese — snow and Ross’s geese to be exact, and they are to be respected and revered like any other natural resource! In fact, they are a worthy adversary of hunters and actually great to eat! Snow and Ross’s geese, …

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Best Knives from Field to Table 2018

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Few things peeve me more than dull knives. As someone who spends a lot of time breaking down game animals and cooking them, having the right tools to complete the job is critical; my food is already dead, and the last thing I want to do is fight with it again in the kitchen. So over the last few years, I’ve put together a collection of knives that I enjoy using most: knives that will take me from field to …

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Catch & Release on Ice, Do It Right!

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I am thrilled to say that we still have ice and it looks like we are going to be ice-fishing for at least a little while yet.  I have drilled up to 16 inches of ice in the past few days.  Whoot, whoot!  As a matter of fact, the conditions I fished in this past weekend were as “raw” as any I have fished all season.  That reminded me of a subject I have not mentioned yet this ice season–the …

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