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Dry Spotted Tail Creek in the News

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Simply want to link to another newspaper story in this blog post.  Recently, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald ran a great story on the wetland and stream restoration project on Dry Spotted Tail Creek.  Please follow the link! Agencies Combine Efforts to Improve Fish Habitat at Dry Spotted Tail Creek Oh yes, some great pictures there too!  Take a look at them. I have not taken a trip out to see the project, yet.  One of these days we will be more …

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Finding the Right Duck Call

I remember getting my first “real” duck call. It was a gift from a friend, and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. After several failed attempts to make it sound like a duck, I realized that maybe it wasn’t the right call for me or maybe I just wasn’t very good at blowing it. It was then that I went on a search to find the right call for my skill level and my budget. I forged ahead …

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Five Wingshooting Tips

‘Tis the wingshooter’s favorite time of the year. With quail, pheasant and waterfowl seasons open, why wouldn’t it be? Keep these tips in mind this month: Know the loads you’re shooting. Pellet count, energy and velocity are big deals when wingshooting. The more you know about what you’re firing from your gun, the better you can make adjustments when you’re afield. It’s much easier to diagnose your problems of the day when you know what loads you’re firing. Shoot the …

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Make Safety a Priority Every Deer Season

Most hunters think that an accident won’t happen to them, but anyone who has fallen from a tree stand thought the same thing. Those who have had the misfortune say that it happened so fast they had no time to react. At the end of the day, returning home safely should be every tree-stand hunter’s top priority. Falls account for the vast majority of injuries and deaths that involve tree stands. Although modern tree stands are made better than ever …

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Deer hunting is so much more than just deer hunting

Someone once said: “Deer hunting is a lot about nothing.” “Nothing,” really? In my view, that statement is so far from the truth. It is the time of year for archery deer hunters and soon, firearm deer hunters, to be on their stands or in their blinds all day long, up to 12 hours. During his time off, Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo allows a photo to be taken before he enters his muzzleloader deer hunting season blind in …

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Good Time for a Reminder

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I suppose some might say I am too late, we now have snow and cold.  But, I am betting there is going to be some open water for a while yet.  Certainly, many are now taking docks, lifts and boats out of the water for the winter.  That means it is the perfect time to be on the lookout for unwanted zebra mussels. Check boats, lifts, and docks for invasive aquatic hitchhikers as weather cools LINCOLN, Neb. – As the …

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Marking Time, Big Red Style

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Like most Nebraskans, I have been in withdrawal with no Husker football this fall.  I have degrees from both the University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University, and was looking forward to enjoying the game that had been scheduled between my alma maters.  Stinkin’ coronavirus and the Big 10 took that away from me. To keep my sanity, I have been watching and listening to old Husker games .  Yes, many haters will point out that Husker fans live …

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Front Page Pallid Sturgeon

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Walked by the break table on Monday.  The daily newspapers were lying there. Whoa, there was a pallid sturgeon on the front page of the Omaha World Herald! You gotta read the story! Research Underscores Toll of Human-Engineered Missouri River on Pallid Sturgeon I am proud to know the researchers mentioned in the article.  Proud of the work we are doing on the Missouri River.  I hope some day our “lower” Missouri River in Nebraska is more like a wild …

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Tons of Tips for Hunting Public Lands

Hunting public lands. It can be a real challenge. Why? In a state like Nebraska the overwhelming majority of our total land acreage is privately owned (97%) with only a small percentage of it open to the public (3%). However, Nebraska’s array of public lands offer a wide variety of opportunities for hunting different game species. And there is some good news. John Laux, Upland Habitat and Access Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Wildlife Division, points …

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Fall Trout Stocking Update

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I would blog about something else, but my phone keeps ringing.  Everyone wants to know if their favorite urban or parks pond has been stocked with the 10-inch rainbows yet.  When we publish a stocking schedule, we always post a disclaimer–a breakdown, bad weather, unforeseen events will result in a change in the schedule.  It happens, or should I say, “it happened”: Fremont Lakes SRA No. 2 trout stocking delayed October 15, 2020 LINCOLN, Neb. – Due to vehicle mechanical …

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