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THE FISH CARS

My job at Game and Parks is always interesting and everyday is a learning experience (even with my 34 years of knowledge, HA!). Below is an example of that. Recently, I was forwarded an inquiry about a postcard a gentleman had come across of a train car with the name Nebraska Game and Fish Commission on it. I knew from working at the Ak-sar-ben Aquarium fisheries facility near Gretna many moons ago that this was indeed a fish car. Interestingly, …

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GET TO INTERVIEW COACH, HELP TEAMMATES AND HUNT WITH THE HUSKERS

I am thrilled and honored to be part of the upcoming Hunt with the Huskers event on March 23rd which is a pheasant hunting fundraiser for Tom Osborne’s Teammates Mentoring Program (www.teammates.org). It will be a wonderful opportunity for me to connect  with Coach Osborne again (yes, I said “Coach”) and visit about his program and various outdoor topics on my radio show! It will also be nice to see my good friend and legendary Nebraska sports broadcaster Adrian Fiala …

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TALKIN’ SNOW AND ROSS’S GEESE ON TALK SHOW

Waterfowl hunting guru Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE  with his famous Sillosocks Darn Fine Decoys (www.SilloSocks.com) comes to my talk show airwaves this Saturday morning to talk about what he knows thoroughly — hunting Snow and Ross’s geese during this late winter/early spring light goose conservation order on them. Trust me, this is an exciting hunt! My live, one-hour, interactive outdoor program is called The Great Outdoor Radio Show. It’s title-sponsored by Mahoney State Park and airs on Saturday mornings …

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VISITING SCHRAMM PARK ON CHANNEL 6 OUTDOOR REPORT

We’re heading to southern Sarpy County on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 this week. We have our park permit and are going to the Schramm Park State Recreation Area/Ak-sar-ben Aquarium on Highway 31 about nine miles south of Gretna (my hometown) for some fun winter recreation and wildlife viewing. The Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE on WOWT-TV/Channel 6 and online at www.wowt.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. Rossy and I …

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TURKEYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

I received a phone call yesterday from a woman who lives in a neighborhood just north of Zorinsky Lake in west Omaha concerning problematic wild turkeys. We have a lot of wild turkeys in and around Omaha, and, as some of you know, they are not wary of us humans. In fact, as neat as they are to see, turkeys may become a nuisance by roosting on roofs, in trees near homes, and on decks, and they are known to …

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THE RIVERS LEAST-FLOATED

While working the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show yesterday, I was reminded about a couple Nebraska rivers not floated much that have nearly constant water levels year-round being spring-fed by the massive Ogallala Aquifer. That reminder was prompted by a good friend in Nebraska’s outdoor recreation scene – float trip outfitter Mitch Glidden of Mullen, NE. Mitch, along with his wife – Patty (she really runs things, sorry Mitch), own and operate Glidden Canoe Rental and the Sandhills Motel …

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SNOW DAY THOUGHTS, THE SNAKE

Here at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha-Metro Office, as Winter Storm “Q” intensifies, I am thinking much warmer thoughts actually. I am thinking mid-summer, sunny skies, warm, gentle breezes, cool, refreshing water, trout fishing, canoeing, hiking, camaraderie and about one of my favorite places on earth – Nebraska’s Upper Snake River Valley in Cherry County. I wanted to share some of those images with you on the snow day that many of us here on the Great Plains …

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THE SHOW WILL GO ON AND THE BROADCASTS, TOO!

Despite the big winter storm named “Q “coming our way, the state’s largest sports show — the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show — will go on as scheduled! The show will run from this Thursday night through Sunday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha. Most, if not all the exhibitors and presenters for the show are in town already, have their hotel rooms and are in the process setting up their displays, etc. When’s the best time …

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FARMERS/AG PRODUCERS: GENERAL CRP SIGN-UP COMING IN MAY!

I’m helpin’ to get the word out to you – fellow farmers/ag producers – that a USDA General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Sign-Up Period is coming in May. It is set to get underway on May 20th, WOO-HOO!!! This was announced by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this past Saturday, February 16th at the National Pheasant & Quail Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here’s the press release from Pheasants Forever on the details of the announcement: http://www.pheasantsforever.org/default.aspx Keep in mind that …

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COUNTING BIRDS IN THE BACKYARD

My family and I are counting birds amid the old-growth trees in our Metcalfe Park neighborhood in north-central Omaha. We are counting birds for The Great Backyard Bird Count www.BirdSource.org This is a fun, very worthwhile citizen science project for the whole family to do! As you’ll note by clicking the link to the website for the count, it’s in full swing and it’s not too late to get involved where you live! Here are a few of the birds we …

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