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Legendary

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I have been blessed to have opportunities to fish with some really good anglers.  Had another couple days on the ice deep in the Nebraska sandhills doing that again this winter. It all started when a buddy let me know he had a legendary ice angler coming down to spend some time chasing big Nebraska bluegills.  He invited me to come out and fish with them.  It took some shuffling of my schedule, but I jumped at the chance.  Who …

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Why Walk On Water For Fins

In a casual conversation, whenever the topic of ice fishing is brought up, and I’m visiting with folks who don’t ice fish, predictably many questions arise. The most common one: “Why do you even go ice fishing, it’s not very safe, is it? Then, there are these:  “It looks so cold, why on earth would any reasonable person consider going fishing sitting on a big ice cube?” “I don’t get it, why try to catch fish through the ice in the winter?” And, then there’s this question I had recently: “Have you …

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Trout Slam

I am always touting the diversity of fishing opportunities Nebraska has to offer; I believe that is one of the unique things we do offer anglers in the state.  That certainly includes cold-water fisheries that are capable of supporting trout year-round.  No, I am not talking about the urban and parks waters where we stock put & take trout in the fall, winter and early spring, I am talking about some of the prettiest places in the state where we …

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Become a certified youth fishing instructor

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors in Bellevue on March 3 and in Lincoln on April 21. The Bellevue event will be at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 24th and Crawford; the Lincoln training will be at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St. Each of these free workshops will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. …

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Big, big game up at the lodge!

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Unless you live under some kind of big rock, you know that this weekend is the “super bowl”.  This year Minneapolis is hosting this great American event.   In conjunction with the big game, Rapala and a Minneapolis TV station are hosting a promotional event like you have never seen before! WCCO Presents: The MinneCentric Experience How many of you can say you've caught a fish on the third floor of a downtown Minneapolis building? WCCO's got our lines ready at our …

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FaceBook Live, On Ice!

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I did not get a blog post up today; not because I have nothing to blog about, believe me I have plenty, but because we did another FaceBook Live today–on the ice!  Those of you who might be new to the ice fishing game may be interested in watching: We are LIVE with fisheries biologist Daryl Bauer to talk about ice fishing. Post your questions in the comments. Posted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 …

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Hunters: Share Your Bounty

With Nebraska’s 2017-2018 hunting seasons having ended or being close to ending, many of you who hunt probably have a bountiful supply of wild game meat in your freezers, don’t you? I thought so. You know what? That wild game meat offers an opportunity to share some healthy protein and enlighten people about the hunting lifestyle that you thoroughly enjoy! As hunters, we get a lot from nature every season through new memories, insightful lessons, lasting friendships, doing conservation work, and of course, reaping the reward of delicious meat! Therefore, it’s fitting that …

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Wild Game Banquet

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It is that time of year again, banquet, sportshow, and workshop season.  I am actually as busy, if not more busy, at this time of year than any other.  Planning to be in Maxwell this coming weekend! Here are some more details: For the latest updates be sure to check out the Maxwell Outdoor Expo and Wild Game Feed FaceBook page. Stop by, say “Hi”, tell me a fish story, show me your fish pictures, take a look at mine!

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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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