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In The Wild

Sharing the Bounty

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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Collecting Old School Outdoor Things

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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Snow Ice Cream

Someone I knew once said: “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a snow day, you make snow ice cream!” I couldn’t agree more! With an ever-expanding blanket of snow cover over much of Nebraska, I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you my recipe for making snow ice cream. Creating this scrumptious “snow cream,” as I call it, is a fun activity to do with the kids on a cold winter day here on the Great Plains. They’ll …

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January Turkeys

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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The Splendor of Solitude

I treasure my time spent alone in the woods, 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). For the record, I do not advocate venturing outdoors alone because of safety purposes, plus it is more fun and rewarding to share your outdoor adventures with others, but the alone time is essential! If you, like me, enjoy periodically going outdoors by yourself, please take …

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Goose Hunters: Try Flagging

Anyone who waterfowl hunts knows that motion in a decoy spread is crucial.  Sure, there are a plethora of motion decoys on the market to buy — battery-powered ones, mechanical flappers, windsocks, bags, kites, moving shells, etc. However, there is another kind of motion decoy used in waterfowl hunting by the hunter him or herself — the flag. Who would have thought that attaching a set of fabric wings with fairly stiff wire on a wooden dowel in a T-shaped form …

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Sixteen Fun Things to Do in Outdoor Nebraska in 2016

Looking for some ideas on what to do outdoors in 2016? Here are sixteen fun and interesting things I think you should consider doing in Nebraska’s outdoor scene in the New Year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016! 1. Enjoy a winter activity in one of our state park lands. 2. Mentor youth in your favorite outdoor activity. 3. Visit a place you’ve never been. 4. Experience living history at a state historical park. 5. Take a back road. 6. Do something you’ve never done, learn a new outdoor skill. 7. Float …

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Merry Christmas, Best Holiday Wishes!

I wanted to take this time to extend to you and your family a very Merry Christmas greeting and offer my best wishes during this holiday season! To put you in a festive, outdoor mood, here are a couple of pics of my brother-in-law Dean’s Christmas tree. We call it the “nature tree!” It will be a special holiday period for us to celebrate in the Wagner family with our new grandson Jackson Edward Wagner. Like me, I also hope …

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The Revenant

I have a movie that I can’t wait to see. No, it’s not Star Wars. I’m  not a sci-fi guy. I’m a realist. I’m an outdoor guy into the history and lore of the American west and that, of course, includes Nebraska. The movie that I am so anxious to see is The Revenant, Rated R,  starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the 19th century frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. The Revenant, which opens in theaters on January 8, 2016, is mainly fictional, but was inspired by actual, …

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Staring at the Nebraska Sky

When me and my friends are hunting Canada geese in southeastern Nebraska this time of year, we find ourselves continually staring at the sky. Sure, we are watching the sky intently for flocks of Canada geese flying, but it goes far beyond that. Oh yes, far beyond that. We find ourselves mesmerized by the ever-changing sky here on the Great Plains. And, our Nebraska sky invites you to stare. Some say the sky is our mountains. By staring at the sky, you discover that there are no boundaries or limitations. You can see that …

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