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Oh Happy Day!

Tomorrow is the opener of our Nebraska spring shotgun turkey season.  Yessssssss!  Actually, many Nebraska hunters have been actively hunting spring toms since March 25 with bow, crossbows and arrows.  And beginning last Saturday youth permit holders could get after ’em with a shotgun.  But, the next time the sun rises, it will be “on” for the rest of us. My kids and my hunt started a couple of weeks ago now.  To be successful, we have learned to spend …

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Hang Up!

I blog about fish and fishing, most of the time.  I try at least once in awhile to maybe pass along some tips or ideas that might help folks catch more fish, or catch & release a big fish.  I have one of those in mind today, but I am going to warn that this is going to ruffle the feathers of some of you. . . . I spend a lot of time on the water, observe a lot …

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10 Tips for Taking Kids Turkey Hunting

This weekend marks the opening of Nebraska’s 2015 youth shotgun spring wild turkey hunting season. Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE, myself, and many, many others at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continue to work hard to pass along that wonderful wild turkey hunting heritage to young people and instill in an interest in the lifestyle with an appreciation for nature and the game specie. With that stated, here are Rich and I’s top ten tips for taking kids spring wild turkey hunting. Remember …

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Pretty Fake

When I started chasing gobblers in the spring very few people used them. Now many feel naked if they walk into the field without a turkey decoy or three. I hunted several years before getting my first fake which was made of foam and looked more looney tunes than lonely hen.  But I put her to use with some great results. In the (over) two decades that have passed since then turkey decoys have changed – a lot.  As manufacturing …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter, Spring 2015

If you are one of our youth fishing instructors, you have already received this.  If not, that is OK, the rest of you can read it too! Here is a cleaner, sharper version if you would rather read this, Spring 2015 Newsletter . And once again let me put out the plea:  We can always use more help, get involved, Become a Youth Fishing Instructor.  For those of you who have already joined the ranks, THANK YOU!

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Secrets Exposed

Some of you will recall my blog post from a week ago about taking quality fish pictures, Hero Shot. Today I must come clean and admit my fish-photo secrets have been revealed. “Busted!” Never fear, you can have your own “fish fingers“. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Early Season Turkeys Can Be Fickle

It is hard to type on the ipad as I sit here strapped to my bow release.  But we are finally back in the spring turkey woods.  Aaaaah does it feel good to be  home.   I almost forgot how fickle these early season birds can be. Throughout the winter, turkeys have been grouped up into winter flocks.  Partly because resources are limited and partly because they had nothing better to do.  Now that we are entering the early phases …

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Turpin Talks Turkey on Great Outdoor Radio Show

On this Saturday morning, April 4, 2015,  I bring the “Grandmaster of Nebraska Spring Wild Turkey Hunting” to you on my Great Outdoor Radio Show. Who is the “Grandmaster of Nebraska Spring Wild Turkey Hunting?” It’s this man! None other than legendary turkey hunter, veteran turkey call maker and humorist Dick Turpin of Lincoln, NE! Dick joins me along with his sidekick Dudley Moore on the show airing Saturday morning  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM …

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#NebraskaTurkey on Twitter – April 10

There are few things as exhilarating as dueling with the king-of-spring – the wild turkey.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is here to help as educators and biologists answer your spring turkey hunting questions and provide strategy-insight with a live Twitter chat on Friday, April 10.  Follow along on Twitter from noon to 1 p.m. (CDT).  Tweet questions to @NEGameandParks using #NebraskaTurkey. If you are unable to participate during that time, tweet your question before the fun begins. Whether …

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Let’s Go RV Camping on Great Outdoor Radio Show

On the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host, we’re going RV camping. It’s gonna be everything you’ve ever want to know about RV camping (but may have been afraid to ask)! Come along for the ride to the state recreation area campground! David and Nancy Sothan of Apache Camper Center are both scheduled to join me tomorrow morning LIVE on the show which runs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Feel free to call in to the …

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