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Tracking Fall Turkey

Getting between a turkey's bed and its breakfast usually means success

November is hunting season in Nebraska and as I write this there are no shortages of choices or opportunity for the hunter. Ironically, one option that often gets overlooked around Thanksgiving is the elusive wild turkey. With strong turkey populations, a long season and two-turkeys allowed per permit Nebraska may be the best place to chase fall turkeys, too. Fall turkeys are a bit different in their habits than the ones we chase each spring. Hens are still with the …

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There are literally millions of things to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week in this great nation of ours. In Nebraska’s nature scene, there are also millions of wonderful things of which to be thankful, large and small. During the nine days of the recent firearm deer hunting season here in Cornhusker State, I picked at least one thing each day to focus on and be extremely grateful for while I was in the field. As you look and read through these, I want you to …

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Leftover (Wild) Turkey? Try this Soup Recipe!


Like its domestic counterpart, the wild turkey is a bird that keeps on giving after your Thanksgiving holiday feast and even after everyone has enjoyed having a turkey sandwich or two. So, when your looking at what’s left of the great game bird’s carcass, it offers the final, arguably – the most delicious dish – (wild) turkey soup! And, WOW! Have I got a (wild) turkey soup recipe for you to try! The scrumptious recipe below was given to me …

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Deer Hunting Summed Up in Unique Way

Noah Wagner with his white-tailed deer buck he harvested during the 2015 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season.

I am currently in the field enjoying spending quality time with family and friends during Nebraska’s 2015 firearm deer hunting season (despite some of our ever-changing Nebraska weather conditions, HA!). We are seeing improved numbers of white-tailed deer on our farm and the adjacent farms that we hunt in southeastern Nebraska and had success on the opening weekend. My 18 year-old son Noah, a high school senior, who has enjoyed playing football at Omaha’s Creighton Prep High School, sums up his firearm deer hunting experience in …

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Hunting for Traditions

Family = My Favorite Hunting Tradition

Hunters it’s ok to admit “it”. In fact, you should celebrate “it”. A big chunk of the hunting doesn’t involve shooting something and sometimes doesn’t even take place in the field. Some of “it” happens back at the cabin, farmhouse, camp or the local diner when the gun, or bow, are safely put away. In its best form “it” starts before opening morning and runs well after evening shooting hours close. It is our hunting buddies who we plot and …

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NGPC Rooster Roundup: Aurora

Sam Sampson receiving a rooster from his black Labrador retriever Bella.

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 second stop on their journey is described below.   Continuing the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Rooster Roundup, which left off at Sherman Reservoir Wildlife Management Area on Monday, Commissioners Lynn Berggren, Bob Allen, Dick Bell and friend Sam Sampson headed out to the rainwater basin wetlands south of Aurora Thursday morning. An Aurora …

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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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Veterans Day Has Special Meaning

Spec. Tyler Nichols is pictured third from left to right preparing for a "jump" with fellow 82nd Paratroopers.

U. S. Armed Forces Veterans are all around us. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to each and every one of them who have served and are currently serving to protect our freedoms, especially with Veterans Day, November 11th upon us this week. For me, Veterans Day takes on special meaning. It hits close to home and in the Nebraska outdoor scene. Me, my wife and family are very proud of my son-in-law, Specialist Tyler Nichols of Omaha, NE, who is presently serving with …

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Hunting Stereotypes


Our Nebraska hunting seasons are in full-swing right now.  I know this has been floating around the internet and many have seen it already, but it is funny and it is a good Friday blog post: What is funny about stereotypes is that they are so true.  I am betting you can see these stereotypes in your hunting partners.  I am betting you can look in the mirror and see at least one! GO FISH, GO HUNT, get outside and …

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