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Firearm Deer Season: Enjoying the Experience, Making Memories

We are now just under one week away from the opening day of Nebraska’s largest hunt – the firearm deer hunting season. It opens this Saturday, November 15th. I can hardly wait! This is one of the absolute best times of year to be outside with the deer rut happening! My lovely wife Polly of 26 years says that everything comes to a grinding halt in the Wagner family with the opening of that deer season. It’s a wonderful tradition though. For many …

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Ray Schuette on Great Outdoor Radio Show

It’s the prime time to take to the tree stand for an archery deer hunt here in Nebraska! Archery deer hunting expert Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE pays a special visit to my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is an accomplished bowhunter and is a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program.    You’ll find Ray highly informative, friendly and engaging. The Great Outdoor Radio Show I …

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Venison Donation Programs Highlighted on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be highlighting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s two venison donation programs on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this evening! The  two programs that support deer donation in Nebraska are Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) and the Deer Exchange. HHH is funded completely by donations from the public and pays for the processing of whole field-dressed deer that hunters donate at any participating HHH deer processor. The online Deer Exchange program allows hunters who want to donate venison to link …

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Twitter Chat Today #HuntNebraska

Hey, today is the day to talk online about Nebraska deer hunting or anything related to Nebraska hunting during a LIVE Twitter from Noon to 1 p.m. CST. with my fellow Game and Parks compatriots and deer hunting experts Kit Hams, Jeff Rawlinson and Aaron Hershberger. They will be poised and ready for your questions and/or comments! Let’s all talk “deer.” You can simply tweet your questions or comments to them using @NEGameandParks and #HuntNebraska. I’ve already tweeted them in advance of the chat and asked each of them their …

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Capturing Cool Moments

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ~Henri Cartier-Bresson I have seen many cool things when I’ve been outdoors here in Nebraska, especially hunting. I just love being in the field! Years ago though, I never, ever packed a camera on my outdoor adventures. I know, I know, shame on me! But, now I bring a camera on every one of my outdoor expeditions. …

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Get Ready for Firearm Deer Season on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Get ready for Nebraska’s popular firearm deer hunting season by joining Scheels firearms/hunting expert and Omaha Police Bomb Squad Sgt. Matt Manhart on the The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. Matt will be LIVE AND IN-PERSON with me tomorrow (Saturday) morning! He’ll be stopping by to answer any questions of yours pertaining to deer hunting (rifles,  ammunition, field care, blind placement, etc.). Matt will help improve your odds for success. This fun, interactive, informative outdoor talk radio show airs every Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM …

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Go Time for Bowhunters on WOWT 6 Outdoors

 Quick blog post to let you know that I’ll be offering some important tidbits of information for you – the Nebraska archery deer season hunter – during the “magic window” for deer breeding season movement called “rut” on my outdoor TV segment this week. Photo below by Tanner Podraza. It’s a neat time of year where the bucks are rubbing trees to polish their antlers, marking their territory and leaving scent cues for other deer. Whether you enjoy hunting or not, don’t …

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Popular Decoy Maker Visits Great Outdoor Radio Show

Don’t miss popular waterfowl/game bird hunting decoy maker Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE when he comes to The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host LIVE this Saturday morning (Oct. 25th) from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Jim has combined the best of silhouette and windsock decoys to make affordable, easy to transport, quick to set up, effective waterfowl, turkey and other game bird hunting decoys with his Sillosocks Darn Fine Decoys business. Large field spreads of the Sillosocks Canada goose decoys are successfully used by many who enjoy waterfowl …

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Top Spot for Fall Color Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be taking you to what many believe (including myself) is the top spot for viewing fall foliage color in southeastern Nebraska on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Take a look at the photograph below. Any guesses as to where we might be heading? It’s a beautiful state park located about 90 minutes south of Omaha and the fall color peak there is just around the corner! Here’s your answer. The park also has a fun-filled …

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Cops and Bobbers

It was a fun day yesterday for more than 200 youths and their families at the annual Cops and Bobbers fishing event held at Omaha’s Benson Park Lagoon sponsored by our friends at Omaha Police with assistance from us at Game and Parks.  Here’s a really neat, short video from the event that Omaha Police Officer Kevin Wiese put together: It was also nice to have Omaha’s Mayor Jean Stothert waterside. Of course, I got in on the action helping …

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