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Here is What you Gotta Know

Maybe I am running out of stuff to blog about.  Maybe I am just getting growly from all this coronoavirus stuff. . . . Judging from the activity I am seeing on our waters and the questions I am answering over and over and over again, we gotta bunch of folks fishing this spring that have not been fishing for a while, or maybe never before.  So, let me go back to the very basics and compile a bunch of …

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Go Fish, and Take the Kids In Your Household!

Through the COVID-19 pandemic it’s hard to find things to do with the family and others in your household, especially when the weather is nice. Have you ever considered going fishing? Kids love it! Look, we all must follow CDC, state and local health guidelines and regulations, but if there ever was a time to legally, allowably wet a line in Nebraska, it is now in the springtime! In fact, May is the best fishing month of the year when …

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Spurs on the Necklace

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If you have followed my blog for a year or three, you know this time of year I am distracted.  Distracted by gobbling turkeys.  Yep, I am pretty much all fishing, all the time, but when the turkeys are gobbling, I am gone. I love everything about wild turkeys.  They are beautiful birds and provide hours of entertainment every spring.  I love just watching their interactions and antics.  They are a challenge to hunt, and when taken they are great …

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Restoring Antlers

Have you ever left a deer mount outside for too long and now the antlers are chalky and bleached? All you need to restore them is dish soap, a paintbrush, wood stain and fine steel wool. If the antlers are chalky and porous you will also need two-part molding compound and fine sandpaper. Start by cleaning the antlers with soap and water and allow them to dry. Wrap the skull in paper to protect it during restoration. When the skull …

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Dutch Oven Cooking

In the summer, cooking with a Dutch oven outside prevents me from having to heat up the house, and while camping, it allows me to cook a homemade meal. Here are my tips on using and maintaining cast iron cookware for outdoor use. Dutch ovens come in many sizes. I recommend an 8-inch oven to feed two or three people, a 10-inch oven for four and a 12-inch oven for six. For outdoor cooking, buy an oven with three 1-inch …

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Something to Listen To. . .

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I know what you have all been doing the past few weeks.  While you are “working at home” you are watching a lot more TV, listening to a lot more radio.  By now you have seen all the same stupid movies a couple, three times.  Sports TV is worthless, but still better than sports talk radio is right now.  Sure, you can listen to music, but that gets old too. The best solution would be the sounds of nature; there …

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Fight!

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When I am in the office, which has not been much lately, at the bottom of the stairs is a mount of two Tom turkeys fighting.  I love that mount, love that I walk by it at least a couple times every day.  It reminds me of a story. . . . My sister married a guy from Pennsylvania.  Rick loves to hunt, still does, but at the time had been unsuccessful hunting turkeys in the spring.  Of course our …

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Go Through Your Outdoor Gear

Those of us who enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating and camping are spending an awful of time around the house, aren’t we? Nevertheless as you plan your next outdoor trip, this is an opportune time to go through your gear – cleaning, repairing, restoring and organizing various items that most likely were shelved, locked in a cabinet or safe or  neglected. You have the time to do this, trust me. I do. Keep in mind money can …

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Fly Fishing Guide

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Haven’t posted anything from Hank Patterson for a while.  This is a good one, and I believe, a little teaser of more to come. Of course you know, what makes things like that humorous is that there is at least some truth to it!  If you know a fishing guide or two, especially a fly-fishing guide, I will bet at least some parts of that video reminded you of them!  Yes, Seth, I am thinking of you!  Man, do I …

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