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Holiday Adventures

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Spent some time with family over the holidays, not much family and not much time, but some.  One thing I know for sure during this whole coronavirus thing, I am safe in the field or on the water! So, I spent some time chasing roosters.  No, I did not see many, but some.  I did see a lot in a few spots where I could not hunt, naturally, but it is great knowing they are there!  Anyway, I finally was …

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Ice Fishing Workshops

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Yes, the stinkin’ coronavirus is still around, but we are planning to have ice-fishing workshops anyway! Virtual Discover Ice-Fishing events scheduled in January LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can learn the basics of ice-fishing or pick up a few new tips from experienced anglers at virtual Discover Ice-Fishing clinics in January. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Fish and Game Association will host classroom clinics via Zoom on Jan. 16 and Jan. 19. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there …

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Winter Wild Edibles in Nebraska

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 is 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 …

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Resolutions

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I guess some folks like to make resolutions for the new year.  I have never been one for doing that, why wait until some arbitrary date on the calendar?  “Just Do It”! But, a couple of co-workers and I had this discussion concerning our outdoor pursuits.  Many of us are very serious about our time in the field and on the water, and we are always trying to improve our skills.  Setting some goals or resolutions would be a great …

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2021 Fishing Forecast

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It is that time of year again.  Several have been asking about the annual fishing forecast. It is ready!  You can see it online, 2021 Fishing Forecast. I will always tell you that fish populations are dynamic, always changing.  Over time hot fisheries cool off and other fisheries heat up.  That is why the annual Fishing Forecast is so useful.  You better believe I am studying it, I do every year.  I hope you do too. Our demand for hard …

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10 Valuable Tips For Ice Fishing

I can hardly wait for sufficient ice for ice fishing to arrive! I sure enjoy ice fishing but admittedly I don’t do much of it. I don’t quite have all the equipment needed for it. Nevertheless, when there’s an invitation to go with seasoned veterans of the ice fishing lifestyle for a day, you can bet that I will jump at the opportunity. Such was the case in January of 2020 when Ty Stromquist of Norfolk, NE and his dad, …

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Merry Christmas

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I am outta the office for the holidays.  However, that does not mean that I cannot post up a blog now and then. Merry Christmas from my family and our neighbors Margo and Todd! Hope you get a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club! By the way, one Christmas I did get a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.  It was great! Now, before any of you go ballistic, the gift was not a bonus from …

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Trout Slam Update, Fall 2020

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I know some of you have wondered if we were ever going to send out Trout Slam certificates and pins again?  We are, they will be coming soon.  Not making excuses, but we do those things in batches and as long as I was receiving Trout Slam entries this fall, I thought we should wait to do the next batch.  So, sorry to take so long. There will be twenty more anglers receiving Trout Slam certificates and hat pins.  You …

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How to Hunt Nebraska’s Wild Turkeys in Winter

I truly love wild turkeys and it’s no secret that I am a hardcore wild turkey hunter. I hunt wild turkeys in spring, fall and yes, in winter. I believe hunting the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) in the various seasons makes you a better, more knowledgeable, well-rounded turkey hunter and outdoor enthusiast because you gain intimate knowledge of the bird’s behavior. I know what you’re thinking. What kind of crazed hunter sets up for wild turkeys in the frigid, snow-covered …

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Fall Review 2020

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Getting towards the end of the year and some folks like to look back, review what kind of year it has been.  If you are an angler, you like to do that and remember the fish you caught. I could do that, but a year is such a long period, and I fish really hard in the fall.  So my review is not going to be all of 2020; just the past few months–the best open-water fishing of the year. …

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