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Purposes of Camo

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As I was rooting through my camouflaged clothing the other day in the Wagner basement/outdoor cave looking for a particular garment, some questions came to mind. Does all of this camouflaged clothing really matter? I am using each of these? What purposes does camouflaged clothing really serve? Why do I end up wearing it much of the time yet I’m not entirely outside? Whether for function or fashion, whether heading to the ground blind or golf course, I do not truly believe that camouflage is ever off-trend or out …

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Public Meetings to Discuss Possible Hunter Sight-In Range in Lancaster County

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host two public informational meetings to discuss the proposed placement of a single bench and berm for hunters to sight-in firearms at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lancaster County. The meetings will be Feb. 16 at the Spring Creek Audubon Center, 11700 S.W. 100th St., Denton, and Feb. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. …

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Sharing the Bounty

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I like to share some of the treasured wild game I harvest with others for consumption. Why? Some of you may be asking. I know, I know, I should keep it all for myself, right? After all, it is so healthy and delicious! Well, I like to breakdown stereotypes in the lifestyle of hunting with others, especially when it comes to dining on wild game meat. What I continually find is that some folks are fearful of preparing, cooking and, more so, …

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Three Positives for CWD Found in Recent Testing of Deer

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LINCOLN – The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Nebraska deer has spread eastward, according to findings by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Commission conducted a CWD sampling operation in its Northeast District deer check stations during the 2015 November firearm deer season. Three samples tested positive for CWD. Those samples were taken from deer harvested in Boone, Nance and Harlan counties. The deer taken in Harlan County, which is in south-central Nebraska, had been taken to …

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Collecting Old School Outdoor Things

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My wife thinks I am a hoarder. I believe I am a collector of things. Everybody collects stuff, right? Some folks collect baseball cards and other sports memorabilia while still others collect everything from Mason canning jars to antique jewelry to knives. Me, well, I collect outdoor things  –  vintage outdoor things. The outdoor world is rife with items to collect, whether legally obtained from the wild, homemade or manufactured. I even have an old Nebraska Game and Parks Commission …

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The End is at Hand

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Please consider me the proverbial town-herald, rather than an alarmist. But…The end is near! THE END IS NEAR!! January 31, draws nigh and with it comes the end of my beloved bird season.  And what a season it has been, too.  Last season (2014/15) I was pleasantly surprised with bird numbers.  This season (2015/16) I was shocked.  The birds bounced back. Yes-yes, I heard all the good news prior to heading to field this past fall, but data is just …

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Kourtnie’s first duck hunting adventure

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The following blog post was written by Nebraska Game and Parks District 3 Commissioner Mick Jensen.  Serving as a Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, I have the great privilege and opportunity to help introduce people to outdoor recreation and the excitement of hunting and fishing. Last year, Clint Kantor and I became acquainted at the Big Game Society dinner and auction in Lincoln.  The Big Game Society auction raises funds for big game habitat in Nebraska. The event brings together …

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February Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February: Feb. 1, 5 – Hunt Safe Session, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville, 5:30 p.m., 402-234-2217 Feb. 2 – Big game public informational meeting, Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N. Main St., 7 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 – First Steps Pistol, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., …

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January Turkeys

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I am always about learning new things in Nebraska’s outdoor scene. I believe it makes you a better, more knowledgeable, well-rounded outdoor enthusiast. So, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to hunt in a variety of habitat and hopefully harvest a wild turkey (or two) in January, the last month of the fall season, which I have never done. I know, I know. What kind of crazed hunter goes after wild turkeys in the frigid, snow-covered landscape of a Nebraska January, …

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Commission Approves Outdoor Trail Projects for Federal Funding

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved outdoor trail projects for 2016 federal funding through the Recreational Trail Program at its meeting Jan 14 in Lincoln. Funding is provided by legislative apportionment authorized under the Federal Highway Administration. The approved projects are: — City of Kearney, $250,000, to build a 5,400-foot-long, 8-foot-wide concrete Archway Trail with a 5-foot-wide crushed rock shoulder for use by pedestrians and bicyclists. — City of Genoa, $184,694, to build a 5,420-foot long, 8-foot …

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