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Ice Trolling

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Some of us hard-core ice anglers refer to “ice trolling” when we talk about drilling lots of holes and keep drilling them until we find fish.  I am a big believer in “ice trolling”. Looks like I am going to have to step up my game! Yes, sometimes ice-fisherman spend a long time between bites. Have a great weekend everyone, make sure the ice is safe, and GO FISH!

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Is It Time To Begin Looking For Shed Deer Antlers?

Is it too early to go out and try to find shed deer antlers on my hunting lands? After all, there is snow cover and snow drifts in places. On the other hand, I am hearing rumors of bucks dropping their antlers earlier than normal on the Great Plains. So, when should someone venture to their deer woods and fields in search of those prized shed antlers? Beginning in late December and continuing through April, white-tailed and mule deer shed their antlers for regrowth purposes …

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State Record Summary, 2017

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Time for my “annual report” on state record fish in the past year.  As with most years there was some state record activity and there were some surprises! Surface Spearfishing  There were no fish entered for surface spearfishing records in 2017. Underwater Spearfishing We had four fish certified as new underwater spearfishing state records in the past year.  The smallest of those was a whopping 1 ounce alewife taken from Lake McConaughy. In September, a 10 ounce shortnose gar was …

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Fisheries Meetings

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Again I know this news release already went out, but I want to spread the word as widely as possible. Fisheries public informational meetings scheduled across Nebraska LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers are encouraged to attend the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s fisheries public informational meetings this winter to offer input on the future of fisheries management in Nebraska. The meetings will begin with an overview of the 2018 fishing forecast, an update on special projects, and a report of potential …

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Tip-Up Hook Keeper

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Keeping tip-ups from being a big tangled mess after they are rigged with hooks and weights can be a challenge.  In my surfing around the inter-webs, I have found a couple of ideas you might like! Here is a website for that product:  TUHK. Or, if you have some corks lying around, here is another DIY idea: Never forget, proper etiquette dictates that when you get a bite, you yell at the top of your lungs, and run as fast …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter Winter 2018

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I like to put the Nebraska Youth Fishing Instructor’s newsletter in my blog when I get them.  Most, if not all of the youth fishing instructors have already received this, but in case they have not they can see it here, and a whole lot of other folks can stay updated on our youth fishing instructor program as well. For those of you who may be interested in becoming a youth fishing instructor, notice in the newsletter that there is …

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Grandpa, Can We Go Fishing?

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My kids, nieces, and nephews grew up watching a video we, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, produced, Grandpa Can We Go Fishing?  For those of you old enough to remember VHS, we may have worn out one or two of those tapes. So, I was thrilled to see we have posted the entire video to our YouTube page.  Now we can keep watching! Hope you and yours enjoy that video as much as we have over the years.  Better yet, …

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It’s On!

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Just want to get a quick blog post up today and say that we’ve got ice and our ice-fishing season is “on”! My “New Year’s Day 2018” was deep in the Nebraska sandhills.  I see these news stories about New Year babies and so forth, well here’s mine, first fish of the year! No, it was not a big bass, but it was the first fish of the New Year, it hit shortly after dropping a bait down an ice …

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Winter Wild Edibles

Foraging for wild foods on a cold, snowy day in Nebraska’s wintry landscape is an interesting and enjoyable outdoor activity. After all, foraging doesn’t have to be a fair-weather activity, right? But, let’s get this straight: Foraging for wild plant foods in winter is not easy. It’s tough, it’s rough, it’s cold, it’s hard work. Frigid temperatures, snow cover and low-light add to the difficulty. Winter foraging can sometimes be about slim-pickings, too. However, if you have basic knowledge of specific plants, bundle up and put forth the effort …

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Ice Fishing To-Bring Checklist

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When heading out on frozen lakes or ponds to ice fish, you won’t want to leave home without these important items. Even in a one-person ice shelter, there is room for essential ice-fishing items that you should never leave home without:  Tip-ups and ice fishing rods/reels  Ice shelter (anything to keep out of the wind)  Propane heater for cold days Spud bar (for checking ice thickness)  Ice auger Sled to carry auger and supplies  Five-gallon bucket to carry …

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