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Is Your Goose Cooked?

Hello all, Katie Stacey of Game and Parks in Omaha, NE here. It’s been quite some time since I’ve taken over Greg’s blog, but after I told him about my family’s Christmas dinner he told me I needed to share with you as well.                 This year Greg generously gave me several Canada geese he’d harvested just in time for me to be able to prepare them for my family. In order to enjoy this treat to its fullest potential I …

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What Happens in the Blind, Stays in the Blind?

What happens in the goose hunting blind, stays in the goose hunting blind, right? Nope, wrong! I thought I’d share some of the more fun photos I snapped at our eastern Nebraska Canada goose hunting blind thus far this season. I hope you enjoy the pics (my buddies are going to boot me out of the blind after seeing a couple of these, you realize, and even the dog and the decoys weren’t sparred!). Happy 2014, keep warm!

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Goose #1138-33826

Yesterday afternoon, I harvested a large Canada goose with a leg band on it. How cool, I thought! How fortunate I was to bag a goose with a leg band! That’s never happened to me! This was Goose #1138-33826. Waterfowl bands are treasured collectibles by hunters. But, far more than being a collectible item to be cleaned up and put on a duck or goose call lanyard, reporting band numbers from ducks and geese is vital! This information gives waterfowl …

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Goose Hunting Means Aerobics

Many people I know, perhaps you, think hunting Canada geese over decoys from a heated pit blind is a comfortable, easy thing to do in the out-of-doors. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s not! At least, not with my goose hunting scenario. First there’s the hike in to the blind with gun and associated gear — almost a half-mile in distance. Then, there’s the dozens and dozens of decoys to set out which takes about an hour or so to complete. After that, you get …

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The Christmas Tree with the Spirit of Nature

A very Merry Christmas wish to you and your family! This is a fun blog post to celebrate Christmas as well as the spirit of nature with photos of my brother-in-law Dean’s unique holiday tree. Deer antlers, rooster pheasant and wild turkey feathers provided by yours truly here. Enjoy and I wish you “Merry Everything!”

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Goin’ to the Dogs on The Great Outdoor Radio Show

On The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host Saturday morning, we’ll  be goin’ to the dogs, or, I should say, they’ll be coming in-studio! It’s all about hunting dogs, puppies, hunting dog training and the unique small munsterlander breed with friends Kris Hill of the Hunting Hills Kennel near Brainard and Pam Robinson of Robingun Kennels near Lincoln along with a small munsterlander or two, of course. Thanks to top-notch photographer Mario Robinson for the use of his pics from prior …

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Last-Minute Outdoor Holiday Gift Ideas on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll have some last-minute holiday gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for outdoor enthusiast in your family (my hand is up!), on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE Thursday at 6 p.m. CST during sports with Greg Ortiz. Here’s one idea that I’ll be suggesting to you that’s on my Christmas gift list!  I hope Santa Claus is good to me so I can spend a lot of time in the field in 2014! Photo by Mark …

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Happy Holidays from the Wagner Family!

A quick blog post to wish each and every one of you the very best during this holiday season from the Wagner’s! Here’s our 2013 Christmas card which celebrates our kids, our youth! My wife Polly and I are very, very proud of them, as I’m sure, you are of your children! Our oldest son Zach has his Master’s Degree from U.N.O. in political science and works at Mutual of Omaha. Micah is a 2nd Semester junior at U.N.L. majoring in human sciences. Emma is a 2nd …

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So, Why Do You Hunt?

Just last night, after returning home from my outdoor TV gig at Omaha’s WOWT Channel 6, and unloading my vehicle filled with various pieces of waterfowl hunting gear/TV props (goose decoys, layout blinds, camouflage clothing, etc.), a new neighbor and I got to talking. After exchanging pleasantries and ‘small talk,’  she asked me the question: “So, why do you hunt?” I explained to her that hunting is who I am, it is part of my fabric and I conveyed to her my deep, eternal affection of and the connections I have …

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The Dog Makes the Hunt

For me, watching and hanging out with a good hunting dog really makes the hunt! This week I went Canada goose hunting with friends along Nebraska’s Platte River corridor in western Douglas County and thoroughly enjoyed Buddy, a three year-old black labrador retriever. The moment I entered the blind, I instantly fell in love with Buddy! Here’s Buddy at work having fun on a goose retrieve. Buddy and I after one of Buddy’s face-licking sessions on me, HA! Whenever you …

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