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It Is All Just Fishing!

You all know I am an In-Fisherman junkie.  No other publications, videos, TV shows, radio shows, etc. have taught me more about catching fish!  I was reminded of that again when I picked up the October/November 2015 issue and saw the “Inside Angles”, lead-off column by Doug Stange, From Shore.  In that column, Doug makes the case for fishing from shore and that a person does not necessarily have to own a boat and all of the latest modern toys …

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Carping

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The fisheries biologist side of me will always tell you what a scourge invasive carp are to our aquatic habitats, water quality and sport fish populations.  Common carp have been here for over a hundred years and have been detrimental to a lot of our fisheries.  Pointy-headed fisheries managers will continue to manage carp populations by eliminating them as much as possible in some situations. On the other hand, as an angler, I will tell you that we are always …

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It’s All in Your Head

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Throughout a year of fishing open water, I spend a lot of time casting and retrieving, over and over again.  Depending on the season, water, and species pursued, I know I may spend hours in between bites.  That does not bother me especially if those few bites result in big fish.  This fall I have been standing in the water doing a lot of that, and I have been thinking. . . . You hear a lot of athletes, especially …

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Need a Good Venison Burger Recipe?

Need a good venison burger recipe for a Nebraska deer that you have harvested or will harvest during one of our seasons? Here is a must-try, very healthy, tasty recipe for those of you who have or will have some wonderful, lean ground deer meat available fresh, or in the frig or freezer. The recipe is actually a healthy twist on an older recipe in my file. Even non-hunters and non-wild game meat eaters visiting the Wagner abode have greatly enjoyed this recipe! It …

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Rooster Roundup Nebraska Game and Parks Style

Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners and staff are in the midst of the Rooster Roundup — a quest to hunt pheasants on public land throughout Nebraska. The first stop on their journey is described below. The morning was a typical fall Nebraska morning as hunters hit the field at Sherman Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for pheasant hunting. Pheasant and quail numbers are up this year providing upland game hunters with plenty of opportunities to get out and walk many …

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Fishing Basics

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In my position I have taught a variety of fishing classes and workshops.  Those classes have ranged from introductory levels for folks who barely know which end of the rod to hold, to hard-core anglers who have spent literally thousands of hours on the water.  One of the things I love about fishing is the learning process.  It is never-ending, you can always learn more about the fish and how to catch them.  That is a huge reason I never …

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Rooster! Rooster!

I am a bird hunter. Shaped by my experiences.  A product of my surroundings.  As I was growing up the opening of bird season was a grand celebration that rivaled any holiday gathering or football game.  Family reunited, old friends came back and you even had a chance of running into an orange-vested celebrity or two.  In fact, as a hunter you kinda felt like a celebrity with all the welcome signs and hunter breakfasts. Read a couple (or more) …

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Hunters: Do You Know the Pheasant’s Itinerary?

Ring-necked pheasants are really a lot like us humans. They live their lives on a fairly predictable, routine basis. When a pheasant hunter learns to understand that schedule and interrupt the pattern, he or she will be on the path to having increased opportunities for success. Pheasants begin their day waking at roost sites, usually in areas of short to intermediate height grass or weeds where they have spent the night. At first light, they head for roadsides or other areas …

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Twelve Tips for Taking Kids Pheasant Hunting

One of the most rewarding experiences for me has been making time to take my own kids out hunting. I have worked hard to pass along that great Nebraska hunting heritage and to instill in them an interest in hunting with an appreciation for nature. Consequently, today all of them enjoy various hunts here in the Cornhusker State. Having four kids ages 27, 23, 21 and 18, I know what it is like to usher in, nurture and train young hunters. …

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BO-W 2015

I gave you a little preview of our main Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop a couple of weeks ago, BO-W.  I have caught my breath after that busy weekend, let me give you a little review.  Believe me, it ain’t about me, but let me give you a little review of how the weekend went for me. Thursday Once again this year our big BO-W weekend was held at the 4-H camp at Halsey.  Each year I like to head out …

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