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Early Season Morels

It is the time of year when folklore and science start to collide. But, about what?  I’ll tell you what. Morel mushrooms! The two aspects of nature begin to clash bout the emergence of the prized, delectable morel mushroom. So, let the coffee shop conversations and the biological banter move forward! Morel mushroom in Elkhorn River bottom woodlands in Sarpy County, NE. Photo by Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These are just some of nature’s triggers that prompt longtime gatherers of the succulent …

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Big Game Society to auction elk tag April 13

LINCOLN – A bull elk tag will be auctioned off at the Nebraska Big Game Society (NBGS) banquet Thursday, April 13 in Lincoln. The banquet will be held at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, 1800 Wilderness Woods Place. Those who wish to bid but cannot attend may call in their bids for free. Call-in bidders must first notify the NBGS by 5 p.m. on April 7 at 402-430-9191 or via email at NBGS11@gmail.com. Only residents are eligible for the tag, which …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to consider 2017-18 waterfowl season dates during March meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider proposed dates for the 2017-18 waterfowl seasons during a March 17 meeting in Grand Island. The meeting will take place at the Full Circle Venue and Conference Center at Boarders Inn and Suites, 3333 Ramada Road, and is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. During the meeting, the Commission will consider recommendations for waterfowl seasons including opening the early teal season on the Saturday after Labor Day – approximately …

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Corn Your Own Wild Game or Beef for St. Paddy’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the greatest food holidays of all time! All of the savory, salty corned beef you can eat, scrumptiously moist cabbage, hearty Irish soda bread, ice cold Irish beer, leprechauns and shamrocks. What could be better? The Feast of Saint Patrick comes around every year without fail. I love everything about it because I am of Irish-American heritage, but most of us celebrate with the same old corned beef and cabbage recipe, don’t we? This year I …

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Game and Parks, University of Nebraska expanding pheasant research in central Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Pheasants in a portion of central Nebraska will be fitted with leg bands and radio collars this spring as part of a new study to understand pheasant ecology in that region. Starting this month, researchers from the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will put bands and collars on pheasants in the Central Pheasant Opportunity Area (POA). The Central POA is one of the …

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Game and Parks earns national conservation award from NWTF

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission received the Land Stewardship Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) on Feb. 16 during the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. The award was presented to the Commission for promoting responsible forest management, wood procurement and manufacturing practices for the benefit of the nation’s forests, wildlife and people. The Commission and the NWTF have a long history of partnering to enhance wildlife habitats across Nebraska. …

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2017 Omaha Sport Show!

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I call these few months right after the first of the year “Sport Show” season.  This weekend is the big one, the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show.  Might as well watch the promotional video: There will pretty much be something there for everyone, bring the whole family.  Stop by the “Goose Pit” and pick the brains of the experts; I know Keith Kavajecz is one of the very best walleye pros. I love wandering around sport shows and seeing …

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How To Cook Your Goose: Tasty Light Geese

Hey, who says that snow and Ross’s geese are not good to eat, huh? No, they’re not cat food, garden fertilizer, “sky carp,” “bad lutefisk with feathers,” “over-cooked catcher’s mitts,” or any other derogatory  names you want to call them! With these geese, it’s just the opposite! Please don’t roll your eyes. Bear with me. Snow geese and Ross’s geese, defined as light geese,  have dark, richly flavored meat. They can be quite delicious, if, and I mean, if, you take adequate care of them in the field, prepare them …

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Free workshop to focus on spring turkey hunting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn all aspects of spring turkey hunting at a free workshop hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The workshop will be held in six locations across the state and is designed for individuals with limited experience who want to expand their knowledge of turkey hunting. Topics will include strategies, equipment, turkey biology and ways to increase a hunter’s confidence and success. With lots of birds, a long season and plentiful and affordable permits – including …

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Treat Your Taste Buds to Something Wild!

I love to cook! And like most folks, I love to eat.  One of my favorite things to do with family and friends is prepare a big meal with just about everything on the table being something I grew in my garden or harvested from the field.  But when you start to talk to those who have yet to indulge in the bounty of the great outdoors (a.k.a. wild game) you might be witness to some scrunched faces and even an occasional …

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