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Preview of Fort Atkinson Living History on WOWT 6 News

Join me this week on my WOWT 6 News outdoors/park segment (The Weekly Outdoor Report) when we preview the exciting living history weekend (May 3rd and 4th) at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park located on the east edge of Fort Calhoun. Fort Atkinson has fascinating history and is one of my favorite state historical parks in Nebraska! Most likely the reason Fort Atkinson is so special to me is that Park Superintendent John Slader lets me borrow and use the …

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Friday “Fungi” Fun

Just wanted to throw a few Friday “Fungi” Fun pics your way. Here’s a cool t-shirt I want my wife Polly to buy for me. Well, maybe not. I’ll just dirty it up. I really get into my morel mushroom hunting, you know! Now, for a quick quiz on “morelling.” See if you can find all five morel mushrooms in this pic. Good luck! Happy morel mushroom hunting or whatever Nebraska spring outdoor adventure you’re planning this weekend! If only this jake wild turkey would …

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Go Morel Mushroom Hunting with WOWT 6 Outdoors!

Come with us as we go out morel mushroom hunting on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight! Morels have popped up in the moist areas of river bottom woodlands and parks here in eastern Nebraska! Soon morels will be emerging in hilly forested areas. They are one of nature’s tastiest delicacies! I’ll be covering some of the dos and don’ts for morel mushroom hunting on the report which airs LIVE on the WOWT 6 News Thursday at …

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Gobblers, Largemouths, Morels and More in Less than a Week

Timing is everything when it comes to being successful bagging your quarry in Nebraska’s outdoor scene. But, one of the many reasons I enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in my home state of Nebraska so much is its tremendous mixed bag potential when the weather cooperates and wild things come into alignment. In less than one week I have managed to have success with targeting three major quarries with some added bonuses. I called in and shot two, big wild tom turkeys with the spring shotgun turkey season in full swing. I managed …

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BREAKING NEWS: Morels!

BREAKING NEWS: I have received the first report of someone finding morel mushrooms along the Platte River. The pics below are from my friend Keith Anderson! Keith told me they grew 3/4 inch since he had seen them yesterday at 4:00 p.m. Thanks for the morel update, Keith! #Nebraskamorels

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Friday Funny: Turkey Talk

Here’s a #FridayFunny I came across on the Internet from Fatal Approach (Game) Calls about spring wild turkey hunting. The other day, I saw two big gobblers checking out me in my hunting blind. I think they were talking about turkey calling ability (or lack thereof)! That’s why they wouldn’t come within shooting range! Can turkeys laugh? Have a safe, fun weekend in the field. It’s all about making memories and the stories of the hunt! Remember, the helicopter incident with our Jeff Rawlinson of Game and Parks and his …

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Wildlife Wednesday: Fields of Dreams

If you manage it, they will thrive! “ “We don’t always understand that you cannot plant wildlife habitat and let it go, it needs to be managed,” says Eric Zach, Agricultural Program Manager here at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “A landowner must set the stage for better years regarding upland game bird nesting and brood-rearing cover,” he adds. Well put, Eric, well put! With that information in mind, we travel to our Wagner family farm in southeast Nebraska …

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Six Steps to Succulent Spring Turkey

Harvesting a wild turkey in the springtime is quite an accomplishment in the Nebraska hunting scene! When that gobbler, jake or bearded hen is down, there’s the high five with your hunting partner in the blind, along with an immediate cancelling of the tag on your turkey permit, plus the various photo ops with your bird, of course. After all of that takes place, the work begins on establishing the best-tasting wild turkey possible at the dinner table. Here are six steps to follow to a succulent spring turkey. Prompt …

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Don’t Be a Firebug!

We’ve had and continue to have such extremely dry, windy conditions in Nebraska’s outdoor scene. A number wildfires (grass fires, brush fires, etc.) have unfortunately already taken place this spring! It’s critical to not be a firebug in our great outdoors! In other words, you don’t want you to be the person who is responsible for starting a wildfire when you’re having fun this spring camping, backpacking,  picnicking, fishing, turkey hunting, morel mushroom picking, etc. Many folks I know believe that lightning starts most wildfires. In fact, on …

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Talkin’ Turkey on TV

Nebraska’s popular spring shotgun wild turkey hunting season occupies center stage on my outdoor television segment on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this week. That’s because the spring shotgun turkey opener is this Saturday, April 12th! I don’t know about you but I am so pumped up for it! Spring wild turkey hunting is one of my favorite outdoor sports/activities. There’s nothing like it! I’ll be offering a safety reminder or two plus few hunting tips for those of you going turkey hunting this spring. A …

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