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Going Outdoors Alone: The Splendor of Solitude

I treasure my time spent alone in nature or in a rural setting, especially this time of year in Nebraska. If I don’t get some alone time in the great outdoors, I end up getting a little restless, grumpy and cabin fever-like (just ask my wife, Polly). Alone time is essential in this pandemic. Sure, it is safer and more fun to share your outdoor adventures with others in your household or “bubble,” but going solo isn’t all bad either. …

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Hunters: Share Your Bounty!

If there ever was a time to share your bounty as a hunter, it is now! With the impacts of the coronavirus, folks are hurting. Some have been affected directly by the virus while others have lost jobs or had wages cut because of it. There are people around you that are in need of healthy protein. Enter wild game. YOUR wild game in your freezer, that is. Also, don’t you agree with me that it is the time to …

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Hunting Late-Season Waterfowl

Hunting the late-waterfowl season is not for the faint of heart. Thick ice, biting temperatures and freezing equipment are only a few things that the most die-hard of waterfowl hunters have to contend with in January and February. I talked to four of these hunters, who provided insight on how to best cope with hunting in harsh winter conditions. Julie Geiser is a public information officer and Nebraskaland regional editor for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. She has spent …

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Controlled Shooting Areas

Controlled shooting areas have been popping up over the landscape for several years now, and hunters are taking advantage of the opportunities available at these places. Wanting to try it, our family made a trip to Camp George just north of Arnold. This trip was a good way to spend some quality time together while doing what we all love: hunting. Having never been to one of these areas, none of us really knew what to expect, but we were …

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Duck with Beans Recipe

Servings: 6 Prep Time: Overnight Cooking Time: 6 hours Ingredients: • 1½ pounds bone-in duck or goose legs • 1 pound of dried cannellini beans • Water • 1 onion, separated • 1 rib of celery, roughly sliced • 2 carrots, roughly sliced • 2 bay leaves • Olive oil • 6 ounces of andouille sausage, sliced • 4 cloves of garlic, minced • 1 bunch of kale, leaves coarsely chopped • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste • 4 sprigs …

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ICU nurse turns to outdoors for escape, sees hunting success

Amanda Peters turkey hunting

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Amanda Peters refers to the outdoors as her “happy place.” The Lincoln woman is a cardiac intensive care unit nurse at Bryan Medical Center East, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has leaned on that happy place even more. That escape recently helped her earn her first whitetail deer. When she landed it at the end of rifle season in November, her father, Marv, submitted the memory to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s …

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How to Hunt Nebraska’s Wild Turkeys in Winter

I truly love wild turkeys and it’s no secret that I am a hardcore wild turkey hunter. I hunt wild turkeys in spring, fall and yes, in winter. I believe hunting the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) in the various seasons makes you a better, more knowledgeable, well-rounded turkey hunter and outdoor enthusiast because you gain intimate knowledge of the bird’s behavior. I know what you’re thinking. What kind of crazed hunter sets up for wild turkeys in the frigid, snow-covered …

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Grand Island bighorn sheep hunter successful

CRAWFORD, Neb. – Nebraska’s bighorn sheep hunting season ended Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, as the state’s only permit holder found success at Fort Robinson State Park in the Pine Ridge. Matt Odgen of Grand Island, who won his permit by a drawing open to Nebraska residents, harvested a 10-year-old Rocky Mountain bighorn ram from the herd that roams the northwest Nebraska tourist attraction. Todd Nordeen, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission big game and disease research manager who supervises the …

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What You Need To Know For Late Season Deer Hunting In Nebraska

Sadly, it’s the time of year when many deer hunters start hanging up their gear for the season. Perhaps they have already harvested deer (or two), or are tired of trying to do so with their bow, crossbow or muzzleloader, or are just not interested in taking a doe during the deep-freeze weather of the late season. Whatever the case may be, that deer hunting gear should not be put away! Hunters should not let the word ‘late’ make them …

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Deadline to apply for mountain lion lottery permit is Dec. 9

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Time is running out for hunters to apply for a 2021 mountain lion lottery permit. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications through 5 p.m. (11:59 p.m. if applying online) Dec. 9, 2020. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org to apply online or download an application at OutdoorNebraska.gov/mountainlionhunting. A $15 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with each application. Permits are available only to Nebraska residents, who may have one permit per calendar year. The bag limit for each …

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