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Why Hunt the Husker State?

Mixed bag opportunity. Not much pressure. Reasonably priced permits and stamps. Mobile apps for information and some permits. Special $5.00 youth permits. Long seasons. Generous bag limits. Great tradition. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and the nicest folks you’ll meet anywhere! WHEW! Believe it or not, those are just some of the reasons why I think you should consider planning a hunting trip here in Nebraska this fall or winter! Having lived in Nebraska all of my life and traveled the state extensively, …

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With Carp, The Eyes May Have It!

“Anything you can see underwater you can expect a carp to see too – and more besides.” – Marc Coulson, The Complete Guide to Carp Fishing. Have you ever noticed the relatively large eyes of a carp you caught while fishing? Did you know that the big eyes of the carp have a highly developed sense of color vision and an incredibly wide field of view? They sure do. Interesting, huh? Think about it. Carp generally live in a turbid, …

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Carp Fishing Bait: As Many Flavors as Anglers!

Welcome to #CarpWeek!  Let’s address carp fishing bait. It comes in as many flavors (and forms) as there are anglers. It is rare that two carp anglers sit down and agree on the best method or concoction for catching Cyprinus carpio or other cyprinids. Every angler has his or her own individual secret when it comes to making carp bait. The end result is the carp decides what item or morsel it will consume and what it doesn’t want to swallow. We do know a thing or two about carp food preferences though. Carp …

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Ready for Carp Week?

Shark Week begins on the Discovery Channel tomorrow, but are you ready for #CarpWeek here in Nebraska? It starts tomorrow as well! I’m pumped up for it! Those of us at NE Game and Parks who thoroughly enjoy fishing for carp will be sharing some of our best kept secrets on how to catch, clean and cook carp. We also want to encourage you to share some of your own tried-and-true tips with regard to carp and carp fishing on our NE Game and Parks Facebook Page and where possible on …

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Pre-Season Prep for Hunters on WOWT 6 Outdoors

The Nebraska Cornhusker football team is practicing and fall high school sports practices begin on Monday, so it’s time for us who enjoy hunting in Nebraska to begin our pre-season preparation work as well. Find out some key things that need to be done for hunting on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing live on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight at 6 p.m. CST during the sports segment. If you miss the live broadcast of the outdoor report, you have some options.Video replays of the report are always available after …

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Teeing Off for Hunting Dog Rescue

This Saturday, August 9th, I will be participating in the 2nd Annual Scheels Camo Classic Golf Tournament at the Miracle Hill Golf Course in Omaha, NE to help promote and allow for tax-deductible contributions to made to the Great Plains Pointer Rescue, Inc. organization. Come join me, there are still some openings for this way-too-much-fun event for a super cause! Now listen, my golf skills are atrocious, but who really cares, right? By the way, me and my Game and …

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Let Minnow

Greg Wagner shares a #FridayFishFunny for the weekend from our friends at www.takemefishing.org What funny fish/fishing phrases do you know or can you create? Keep ’em clean and share ’em in the comments portion of my blog. Thanks! Have a great weekend, good fishing!

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Throwback Thursday: Exaggeration Postcards

Fishing and hunting yarns and photos have always been part of Nebraska’s great outdoor scene. Beginning in the early 1900s and for decades thereafter, Nebraska postcards depicted altered, exaggerated images of game, fish and agriculture. These were done to promote the unique aspects of a place or product as well as to document local history. They were also used to lure folks to the Cornhusker State to hunt, fish or visit. Considered western-style humor, these exaggeration postcards were extremely popular …

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LIVE Raptors at Great Outdoor Radio Show Broadcast

Join me tomorrow morning for a very special edition of The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host when Denise Lewis and friends from Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery team come with a few live birds to the Waterford Assisted Living facility at Miracle Hills in Omaha. See LIVE raptors of Nebraska! We’ll be highlighting the tremendous conservation work that Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery does with injured, sick or orphaned raptors as well as the vital role that nongame wildlife such as raptors have in any ecosystem! The …

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#ThrowbackThursdayNEParks

Just sharing some fun #ThrowbackThursdayNEParks photos with you. Formerly known as Cowles Lake, this popular state recreation area was acquired in 1958 and opened to the public in 1960. It remains a very popular place for outdoor recreation today!  Here’s an old photo of the Cowles Lake Concession. Alright, now for a present-day photo of the concession on the state recreation area. Do you recognize it? Here’s a couple more old photos of Cowles Lake for you to enjoy. Ready for the answer? The name of the state …

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