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Venison Chili Recipe

Cooked with red wine, this is the best chili you will ever taste. I would venture to say this is not only the best venison chili you will find, but the best chili you will ever taste, period. It differs from other chili recipes in its red wine base. Don’t spend a fortune on the wine, but get a robust variety like malbec or cabernet sauvignon that will hold up to the spices. Serve with a dollop of sour cream …

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The Woodland Double

You have heard of and perhaps been participating in the Upland Slam challenge. Maybe you’re working on successfully completing your Trout Slam. But, have you ever done a woodland double? Woodland double? What’s the “woodland double?” It is harvesting a deer and a turkey in one hunting session, when legally possible. Oh yes, after checking regulations, you will find that it’s very doable in Nebraska. It’s an unofficial competition though, more of a personal test of skill and ability. And, guess what? …

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Fisheries Science 101

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Ever since my days as a wide-eyed graduate student, I have known that folks, especially outdoors- and fisher-folks, have a great interest in what we do as fisheries biologists.  Early in my career I took every opportunity to communicate with people the work and projects I was participating in, and over the years my job has evolved into one where I do that all the time! However, it dawned on me last week that there are a lot of misconceptions, …

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A Couple of Updates, Nov. 2, 2018

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I know what I am going to post will be of interest to only a couple of small areas of Nebraska, but if you are one of the anglers within those small areas, these news releases will be of interest to you.  I also realize that these news items have been making the rounds and many are already aware, but something else I have learned after several years of blogging is that the more you can “spread the word” the …

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Halloweeny 2018

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Had a YouTube film I wanted to post today, an entertaining, humorous film with a dark twist at the end, perfect for Halloween.  What made it even better is it made a person think. . . .  Do we take our fishing too seriously? Gasp! Too seriously?  No way! On the other hand. . . . I take it real seriously, it is who I am, it is what I do. Just remember, it is supposed to be fun! I …

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Tons of Tips For DIY Public Lands Hunting

Hunting public lands. It can be a daunting challenge. And, it can be especially tough in a state like Nebraska where only 3 percent of its total land acreage is open to publicly hunt, though more public access walk-in property (approximately one-million acres) is available to hunters this year than ever before in history. So, how does one successfully pursue wild game birds and animals on publicly accessible lands here in the Cornhusker State? It doesn’t come easy. It takes time, effort, research and …

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Fishing Regulation Changes

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October meetings of the Nebraska Game & Parks commissioners are typically when changes in fishing regulation are enacted.  This news release went out late last week following the commission meeting: Commission adopts changes to fisheries regulations, orders LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted changes to fisheries regulations and orders at its meeting Oct. 26 in Kearney. Many of the changes will result in increased fishing opportunities for Nebraskans. The changes to archery and snagging paddlefish regulations …

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Bells

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If you have ever done any still-fishing you likely have a rod holder or three.  In addition, if you have been serious about fishing that way, you might even have some sort of bite indicator, some audio alarm to get you outta your lawn chair and over to your rod. Back in the day, the Bauer clan took rod holders and bite indicators to a whole ‘nother level. At least once a summer, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, aunts, …

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Trout Tactics

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My friends at Seven Fish recently posted a video on casting spinners for some of our put & take trout.  There are some excellent fishing tips in the video, take a few minutes and watch it! That reminded me a similar video from a few years back, and besides the spinners you can catch those trout on small crankbaits and spoons too! If I am fishing one of our put & take trout fisheries, I often start by casting and retrieve …

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Get Out And Scout For Firearm Deer Hunting Season

Nebraska’s most popular hunting season – the firearm deer season – is right around the bend. Opening day for it is November 10th. Are you participating in it? Awesome! Many of us are. I am, as well! Hey, let me ask you some questions. Have you purchased your firearm deer hunting permit and habitat stamp? Have you brushed up on your deer hunting regulations and nearest check station locations? Have you firmed up permission with your farmer or rancher friends to hunt their private land? Have you sighted in your centerfire deer hunting …

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