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Turpin’ Time: Homemade Bucket Warmer

Dick Turpin, legendary turkey hunter / call maker (www.turpincalls.com) and how-to humorist describes how to keep your seat comfortable during the cold: Some days, even when the sun is shining, an unheated waterfowl blind can feel as cold as the dark side of the moon. And when a camp stool begins to crackle under your backside like a bag of crushed ice, the pleasure of a day’s ice fishing can disappear as quickly as the last cup of tepid coffee from …

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Electric Augers

I do not have a lot of experience with any of the electric ice augers showing up on the market.  However, my buddy Teeg Stouffer over at Recycled Fish has put together a nice video comparing some electric augers, check it out: I am running an old 2-stroke Jiffy.  I have had that auger for years, so when I bought it, the 2-stroke augers were the only ones on the market.  My auger is big and heavy, but I knew …

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Corn Your Goose for St. Patty’s Day

With all of the Canada geese that us waterfowlers have harvested this year here in Nebraska, and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take this opportunity to pass along what I’m told is among the best recipes for Canada goose — corned Canada goose! This corned goose recipe that we need to try comes from my good friend and fellow waterfowl hunter Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE who owns Lost Island along the Platte River in Butler …

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Tree Pruning Tips: Go Ahead and Remove The Whole Branch

By Jon Morgenson, Horticulturist I commonly encounter trees in our state parks that have had an offending low branch tipped back. I have no doubt that the reason for removing the branch tip was justified – I don’t enjoy being poked in the eye by a low branch any more than the next person. Remembering that point, I have a thought to pass along. Tipping is the removal of the terminal end of a branch, at some random point without …

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On The Ice for WOWT 6 Outdoors

The growing outdoor sport of ice fishing will be featured on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News Thursday night LIVE during sports on the 6 p.m. CST newscast with Ross Jernstrom. See video of action on the ice at the Mahoney State Park CenturyLink Lake while I provide some quick tips and reminders for you ice anglers with a focus on ice conditions and safety for beginners. Fish caught through the ice are absolutely delicious! Tune in …

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Hanging Pheasants and Other Wild Fowl

After a pheasant hunt last winter, I mentioned to my friend, Mace Hack, that we should go to my place and clean the birds. “Oh no, I now hang my birds for a few days before I clean them,” said Mace. “My English brother-in-law turned me on to it. Aged birds are so much better eating.” Though I knew that the choicest beef and venison steaks result from aging, the thought of hanging pheasants with feathers and entrails intact and …

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Is Your Goose Cooked?

Hello all, Katie Stacey of Game and Parks in Omaha, NE here. It’s been quite some time since I’ve taken over Greg’s blog, but after I told him about my family’s Christmas dinner he told me I needed to share with you as well.                 This year Greg generously gave me several Canada geese he’d harvested just in time for me to be able to prepare them for my family. In order to enjoy this treat to its fullest potential I …

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Goose (or duck) Kabobs

Ingredients: Skinless, boneless duck or goose, bacon, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. You know, kabob stuff. Marinate: 1 can beer (the cheap stuff is fine), ½ cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon ginger Directions: Cut duck or goose breasts and thighs into 1-inch cubes and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Drain meat, wrap in bacon and thread onto bamboo or metal skewers with cubed vegetables between each chunk. Grill until medium or medium-rare (don’t overcook), turning often and dousing fire started …

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Woman In Search of Long Underwear

New in Lincoln and a new job with the Nebraska Game and Parks has made me think about some new purchases.  Working in the Outdoor Education department one of the questions asked of me is do I have a good pair of Long Johns (aka Thermal underwear or long underwear) as I spent last Saturday outside at our Catching Fire Archery Event.  My answer of course was no.  I am the type that likes to spend most of the winter …

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