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Foraging for Winter Wild Edibles in Nebraska

Gathering wild foods in Nebraska is not just a spring, summer or fall outdoor activity, it can be done in winter. What? Winter! Seriously. Don’t stop reading. Stay with me here. 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. It’s challenging, to say the least. Frigid temperatures, snow cover and low-light add to the difficulty. Winter foraging can sometimes be about slim-pickings, too. However, …

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Annual Ice Safety Reminder

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I have been on the ice, in Nebraska and realize a few of you have too.  Hoping there will be a few more in the coming days.  So. . . it is that time again. . . . This time of year I am as anxious to get on the ice as anyone.  However, you can bet the ice safety reminder is appropriate every year.  From what I am seeing on the interwebs, some of you are pushing it a …

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While We Wait

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We are getting closer, but depending on where you are we still are waiting for safe ice and ice fishing.  Might as well at least read about it!  One of my buddies here at Game & Parks, Jeff Kurrus, had a good ice-fishing story in the recent issue of Nebraskaland.  He even got the cover! Check it out, Tales and Tips From the Hardwater.

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Going Outdoors Alone in Winter: Survival and Splendor

I treasure my time spent alone in nature or in a rural setting, especially this time of year in Nebraska. If I don’t get some alone time in the great outdoors, I end up getting a little restless, grumpy and cabin fever-like (just ask my wife, Polly). Alone time is essential with the hustle and bustle of the season and all that is happening in this world. Sure, it is safer and more fun to share your outdoor adventures with …

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Merry Christmas, 2021

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Heading out the door for the Christmas holiday.  I will be “out” more than “in” over the next week or two.  Will blog when I have a chance.  Hopefully, I will have some adventures to blog about! Until then: OK, full disclosure, that photo does not come from Nebraska.  I have to be honest with you, my Mom took the picture in her backyard in . . . Montana.  But, I thought it was a great photo, and the soapweed …

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Flagging for Canadas

Anyone who waterfowl hunts knows that movement in a decoy spread is crucial. Yeah, there are a plethora of motion decoys on the market to buy — battery-powered ones, mechanical flappers, windsocks, bags, kites, moving shells, etc. However, there is another kind of motion decoy used in waterfowl hunting by the hunter — the flag. A longtime waterfowl hunter “flags” to try to entice a flock of Canada geese off in the distance to come within shooting range in his …

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When?

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I am trying to patiently wait for ice.  I am about out of patience.  Pretty much every day I check, double-check the forecasts and long-range forecasts.  It ain’t looking good. I am ready.  The tree is up. The lights are hung. Even the missletoad. I am ready for ice! And this is all we get: “70 degrees in November”????  It is even worse in December!!!!! Don’t tell me how great this weather is.  I am losing patience. Cannot come soon …

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Trout Slam Update, Fall 2021

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I promise, we have not forgotten about Trout Slam certificates.  Quite a few entries came in this fall; time to get a batch of certificates sent out and time to give you an update! There will be sixteen certificates sent out to fifteen different anglers.  Ten anglers completed their first Trout Slam.  Of the other six, three completed their second Trout Slam and three completed their third Trout Slam.  One, Eric Einspahr from Lincoln, finished his second Trout Slam and …

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Repairs

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You all know that we had some crazy flooding around the state a couple of years ago.  I am sure you are also aware that it has taken some time to repair and recover from the damage.  Some of that work has not been finished yet. Disaster funding is great, but it can take a while to come through.  Seems like everything takes longer right now.  However, I recently drove by a couple of places where we have been able …

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