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Gobbler #3 – The Chocolate Tom

My 2013 Nebraska spring wild turkey hunting season is complete. Took Gobbler #3 Saturday evening hunting in the woodlands of northern Douglas County with Son Zach Wagner. Thanks for shooting the pics, Zach! What a beautiful bird! Since it didn’t have much white on it, Zach and I declared this turkey a term we acquired from the Daryl Bauer Family  — “The Chocolate Tom.” Here’s a different perspective and a closer look at the bird. If you’re curious, according to …

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Fort Atkinson Living History Weekend

As a private and an infantryman from the 1820’s in the U.S. Army, I had the privilege of marching with men from Fort Atkinson’s Rifle Company and even pulling guard duty at the building of the Indian Agent this evening. It’s living history weekend at the fort! Click here for the details of the event: http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2013/04/living-history-scheduled-4-5-fort-atkinson-shp/ Hope to see you there!

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Summit, Fort Atkinson Featured on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Two gems in the Nebraska State Park system will be featured on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Jason Grof, Park Superintendent I at Summit Lake State Recreation Area near Tekamah and at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Fort Calhoun will be filling us on what’s new and exciting at both areas. A couple items that we will be discussing — Summit Lake’s new Bob Eckdahl RV campground and Fort Atkinson’s ever-expanding living history programs. The Great Outdoor …

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Fine Day Yesterday on the Corne de Cerf

With yet another cold, wet weather pattern upon us here in the Heartland, I thought I’d share with you what a fine day it was yesterday on the river French Fur Trappers called Corne de Cerf, French for the horn of the elk, because of its meandering nature and tributaries. It was a nice spring day indeed to be on the Elkhorn! My buddy and I weren’t the only living, breathing things on the river this last Tuesday afternoon in April …

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Preview of Ft. Atkinson Living History on WOWT Outdoors

Join me this week on my WOWT-TV/Channel 6 outdoors segment when we preview the exciting living history weekend (May 4th & 5th) 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 U.S. Army’s 1820’s uniform for …

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Line to Anglers: Don’t Hook, Tangle Wildlife!

Discarded fishing equipment such as abandoned line, hooks, weights, etc. continues to be a major problem for the environment and a major threat to an array of wildlife in and around the water. It can maim and kill birds and other wildlife! Look what happened to this cormorant! Just yesterday at Carter Lake in northeast Omaha, avid birder Jim Ducey of Omaha, NE brought to my attention yet another graphic incident involving birds getting tangled up with discarded fishing tackle. This …

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The Voice of Teddy Roosevelt

I perform a wide variety of duties here at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and honestly love every challenging minute of it! A couple weeks ago Ralph Wall who does a fantastic job of shooting video and making video productions for the agency, I might add, hit me up to be the voice of one of our country’s first conservation-minded presidents — Theodore Roosevelt. “Say what? Are you serious, Ralph?” was my response to his asking me to be the …

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Daryl Bauer Comes to Great Outdoor Radio Show

Nebraska’s fish and fishing guru Daryl Bauer of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Fisheries Division comes to your airwaves Saturday morning on The Great Outdoor Radio Show. We have much to talk about when it comes to fishing here in the Cornhusker State this spring, don’t we? Absolutely! I know Daryl’s looking forward to your phone calls (he gets tired of hearing from me, HA!). I will tell you that Daryl spends tons of time on the water and …

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Morel Mushroom Hunting Outlook on WOWT Outdoors

After talking to area experts, watching nature’s signs and thoroughly checking the weather forecast, I’ll be giving you my best guess as to when the morel mushrooms are expected to emerge in our southeastern Nebraska river bottom woodlands on my WOWT-TV Weekly Outdoor Report. My Son Noah’s gettin’ excited to look for those morels in our woods! And, so am I! Don’t miss The Weekly Outdoor Report which airs on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 and on its website @  www.wowt.com LIVE …

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Another Great Gobbler Experience in Nebraska!

I was fortunate enough to have another great gobbler experience this weekend here in Nebraska and was even able to bag yet another bearded bird in northern Douglas County yesterday! I had to really work to bag this adult gobbler with his thick 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. The toms were active but the birds were pretty well bunched up probably due to the weather. It’s frustrating when those big toms have their girlfriends (hens) right around them! It’s hard …

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