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Goose Bumps

My buddy Mark Davis of the Omaha World-Herald writes an excellent story, shoots great photos on a Canada goose hunt near Valley, Nebraska this past week with another buddy Jim Druliner of Omaha who has those cool Sillosocks decoys. Give the article a read (you’ll love the title, too): Davis: Goose bumps from cold, from conquest

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Let’s Talk Waterfowl on Great Outdoor Radio Show

If you know me, Greg Wagner, you know that I thoroughly enjoy waterfowl hunting in Nebraska! So, with the north/northwest winds a blowing here in the Cornhusker State as of late, lots of migratory ducks and geese flying, and various waterfowl seasons open, it’s an ideal time to chat about waterfowl hunting on the radio! Here’s Omaha World-Herald Outdoor Writer Mark Davis with his first Canada geese bagged near Waterloo, NE just this morning hunting with my special radio guest! Please join waterfowl …

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The Best Gifts

Last year I listed my top 5 items to avoid for the outdoor-women & sportsmen on your list.  I still stand by them. However, this year just prior to Halloween I received my first Christmas catalog from a large outdoor retailer.  About the same time a third zipper failed on my deer hunting backpack, I busted through a major seam on one of my favorite pair of hunting boots, and my headlamp took a swim in a nearby duck marsh …

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Meat for the Freezer

I don’t get nearly as excited as I used to about deer season. Once upon a time, I hunted all day, every day, though the 9 days of rifle season, hoping to find a trophy buck. In recent seasons, my hunts have lasted a few days. The main goal now is to put a little meat in the freezer. It’s not that I’m too old to hunt that hard, although some will grin as they tell me I am. Life …

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Thanksgiving

Before I head out the door for the Thanksgiving holiday, let me share some thoughts with you. . . . The holiday feast we are going to celebrate this week is one that is uniquely American.  I will not bore you with all the old stories we learned in school, but it is our history, from the pilgrims to Presidents Washington, Lincoln and FDR this has been designated as a special day set aside for the celebration of harvest and …

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Rooster Pinch

To me the week of thanksgiving means chasing pheasant.  And by this time of the season pheasants have become wily critters that make a living…well…staying alive.  In fact, it doesn’t take very long after opening day shots are fired for the roosters to begin to use some crafty ways of dodging the hunter – both two and four-legged.  This holds even more true in years when fewer young pheasants are on the landscape.  This is when a it’s time to …

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A Day in the Pit by Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner Lynn Berggren, District 6

My sons Pat, Kevin and myself were joined Saturday by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife chief Scott Taylor for a duck hunt. In a conversation earlier this year Scott had told me he grew up hunting waterfowl. This would be the first hunt of the season from of our pit. Scott arrived at 7:30 to help set out the decoys and last minute prep before hunkering down below ground. I made it a point to arrive early to get …

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Deer Heart: As Good as Tenderloin!

Did you save the heart of that deer you harvested this season or did you toss it in the gut pile for the coyotes? Next time, save it, trust me! Venison heart is “muscle meat” and is as good as a piece of tenderloin! Packed with B vitamins and protein, with little fat, and a very mild flavor, venison heart is positively delicious if prepared properly! It’s actually simple to make, is best eaten fresh, not frozen, at least within a …

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Whitetails and Mulies: Tips for the Taking

Whitetails Most white-tailed deer live in heavy cover offered by woodlands, and hence, are most abundant along rivers and in forested areas of eastern Nebraska. The easiest way to harvest a whitetail is to spend an evening waiting for one to arrive at its dining room: a crop field adjacent to heavy cover. Chances are you found one of these feeding areas while you were looking for a place to hunt. All you need to do now is find a …

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