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Blind Food

What is it about eating food in the great outdoors that just makes it taste so good and makes it so memorable, especially in a hunting blind? Is there something about merely being outside in an outdoor setting and eating that’s wired in our DNA? Is it purely psychological because of the semi-enclosed atmosphere and close confines of the blind with good friends? I don’t know what it is exactly. But, generally, things really do taste better when we eat them outside during an outdoor activity, don’t you think? Such …

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Bald Eagle Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Don’t miss my weekly TV outdoor report this Thursday night when we cover bald eagle viewing in Nebraska and not far from the metro area! Who doesn’t enjoy seeing bald eagles in the wild at places like De Soto Refuge, huh? I certainly do! Learn more about winter bald eagle viewing by tuning in to my outdoor segment which airs on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 LIVE Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. CST sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. Unable to view the live broadcast of the report? Take note that video replays …

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Hunting with the Right Folks

We didn’t get a lot of geese, but if there was a limit on laughter we’d be way over the max. — Mark Davis, Outdoor Writer and Photojournalist for the Omaha World-Herald, reflecting on a recent Canada goose hunt.  The camaraderie part of hunting is big. Your companions can make or break a hunt. The choices you make in whom you share a blind with will ultimately determine your level of satisfaction. Trust me, it only takes one jerk to ruin a hunting trip. I’ve …

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Where to See Wild Geese Up-Close on WOWT 6 Outdoors

Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report tonight on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 when we take you to a state recreation area near the Omaha-metro to show you where you can go to view and photograph wild Canada geese (and perhaps a few wild ducks). You’ll be able to view them up-close from sunrise to about 9:30 a.m. and then from just after 3 p.m. to sunset in the open water and on the ice at a couple of the sandpit lakes on …

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Indoor Outdoors Event Season Kicks Off

Get ready, in the Omaha-Metro area the indoor outdoors-related event season kicks off this weekend! So, I thought it would be the ideal time to prepare a list of upcoming these events for you to have. Look for us – your Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees at these upcoming outdoors-related events around the metro area: – River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat and RV Expo, Jan. 16-18, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA – Outdoorsman/woman Flea Market and …

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The Great Outdoor Radio Show Goes Ice Fishing

Don’t miss the conversation about ice fishing on this Saturday morning’s (Jan. 10th) Great Outdoor Radio Show. A lot of folks have been out on the ice already catching fish through the hard water. Omaha Scheels fishing expert Chris Sell will be on hand to answer any of your of questions about the fun winter sport of fishing through the ice LIVE this morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.”  (If you miss us on the LIVE …

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On the Ice on WOWT 6 Outdoors

The growing outdoor sport of ice fishing will be featured on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight LIVE during sports on the 6 p.m. CST newscast with Ross Jernstrom. Look, there’s Rossy filming our very own Daryl Bauer wetting a line through the hard water! In fact, I’ll be informing you how you and your family how you can learn all about the cool (no pun intended) winter sport of ice fishing at a special, how-to Discover Ice Fishing Clinic …

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Hunting is about Watching Wildlife, Like “Whitey”

I swear that game birds and animals know when hunting seasons close. Sometimes I think they can actually read our Game and Parks hunting publications, don’t you? I’m kidding, just kidding. Such was the case though yesterday when a lone, wayward snow goose lit near our Canada goose hunting spread  in Dodge County, NE. The goose hung out with us all day, eventually ending up in our decoys. It was wildlife watching at its finest as the Nebraska light goose …

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Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo takes your outdoor law and regulation questions on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Jan. 3rd, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I will be covering the gamut of Nebraska’s outdoor scene offering pertinent information on hunting, fishing, state parks, wildlife and much, much more. We’ll also offer regulation reminders for 2015. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field. You’ll find this program to be …

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Platte River State Park’s Yule Log Quest, Do It!

So, what are you and your family doing this Saturday afternoon? Nothing? Have plans, scrap ’em. Because, Platte River State Park’s 2nd Annual Yule Log Quest/Fun Winter Activities Day will be happening! The park landscape is beautiful this time of year, perfect for a scavenger hunt of sorts called a Yule log quest! If you’re wondering about the Yule log quest, it is not your traditional run/walk race. Your pre-registered team of 3 to 5 members will be tested mentally …

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