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Bowfishing Mentor Program at Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park’s first Bowfishing Mentor Program will run from July 9 through August 6 on Wednesday nights, 6 p.m. until dark. The program is open to ages 10 and above; program is free with gear provided. Enrollees are encouraged to attend all sessions, which will cover basic archery, fish identification, water safety and more. Sessions will be conducted by local Bow Hunter Education Instructors. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Cajun Archery, Muzzy Bowfishing, …

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Big Time!

I got a phone call a couple of weeks ago, a request.  It was one of the folks from Nebraska public TV’s Backyard Farmer.  Somehow they had my name and wanted to know if I would film a segment on native fish people could put in their backyard ponds.  I told them I was in no way an expert on backyard ponds, but I was honored they asked, and  if they wanted to talk about some Nebraska fish in those ponds …

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Carp-O-Rama 2014

Next Saturday is the day!  Time for our annual Carp-O-Rama carnival at Pawnee Reservoir! We will have another major “Carp-O-Rama” event next month at Lake Maloney south of North Platte; stay tuned, I will post some reminders about that later. I always say that basically we just show up and have fun at these family fishing events and we hope folks come out and have fun with us!  Our Carp-O-Rama event at Pawnee Reservoir is one of the biggest examples …

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Christy Christiansen on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Don’t miss popular Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Education Specialist Christy Christiansen when she comes to the microphone LIVE tomorrow (Saturday) morning on my Great Outdoor Radio Show! Christy will be promoting a number of outdoor educational opportunities and events that are available to you and your family, even if you’ve never set foot in the great outdoors! She’ll also be offering tips on how avid hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts can encourage folks to get interested in the outdoor lifestyle that she …

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Taking Trophy Angling to the Bank

I do not own a boat, that is unless you want to count my float tube or “belly boat”.  Yes, I have a life-long dream of owning a boat, but I figured out a long time ago that a person can catch a lot of fish, and a lot of really big fish, from Nebraska waters without a boat.  I have even suggested in the past that in some fishing situations I can flat out out-fish boat anglers (The View …

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Fly Fishing School

If you are interested in learning to fly-fish, and do not be intimidated, it is not that hard to learn, I found this on the calendar for this coming Saturday, June 14. That is being held at our Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, directions are included and a little map to let you know where it is located.  Class size is limited, there are a few spots still open, so be sure to call ahead and reserve yours.  The Cornhusker Fly Fishers are …

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Old Lenses

Looking closely at photography blogs on the internet, there seems to be a quiet but growing realization that film and digital cameras may come and go as the technology rapidly changes, but good lenses can stand the test of time. All photographers should take note of this. Even the least expensive interchangeable lens digital cameras available today often use that same brand’s pre-digital lenses. Perhaps surprising, many older film camera lenses are available on the used market at reasonable prices …

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Outdoors in a Thunderstorm: What do you do, or not do?

It’s the summer storm season in Nebraska. And, today, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, looks very stormy! That stated, here are some key tips for being outdoors or camping when a storm is on the horizon. This information was compiled from Omaha’s NBC/WOWT 6 News Weather Authority Chief Meteorologist Mike LaPoint, The Weather Channel and survival/outdoor expert Kirk Brown of Trails.com Step 1 Avoid the storm in the first place. While enjoying the great outdoors, you need to always pay attention to  changing weather. Look at …

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Family Fishing Events 2014

The Memorial Day holiday is past, all of summer lies ahead!  I know we have already had some Family Fishing Events, but the schedule really ramps up in the coming weeks! Here is the .pdf of the same poster if you want to see a “cleaner” version, Family Fishing Poster 2014 11×17 .  Be sure to check out the Family Fishing Webpage for more information.  These events are being held in a number of communities across the state, check out the MAP. …

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Robinson Reports: Ups and Downs

This past weekend was really described by the title above, and for once I’m not describing the weather. Speaking of the weather, it absolutely impacted our plan. My buddy Steve and I fished a walleye tournament at Elwood Reservoir this past Sunday, and saying it was brutal is a real understatement. The water temp the previous week had been all the way up to 60, but when the 30 degree nights came along during the week, the water dropped all the …

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