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Summer of the Pie Iron

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It’s that wonderful time of year when many of us adore cooking OUTSIDE of our kitchens.  Let’s face it, staring at those same, boring kitchen walls all the time can get a bit mind-numbing, not to mention heating up the house . Luckily, backyard barbecues and family camping trips are calling your name. An open-air, change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. Whether it is over a sizzling grill, a flaming fire-pit, or a crackling campfire, the outdoor …

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Locavores – Simple Way to Make a Big Impact

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What is a locavore? A locavore is classified as any person that chooses to utilize the goods and produce that are cultivated or created locally (traditionally within 100 miles of home). Although some people are capable of thriving nearly entirely on the food that they get from their own land or from other farmers, most people do not maintain such resources. Why be a locavore? The most common answer that people have when poised the question: “Why are you a …

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Plan Ahead for Hunter Ed

Bighorn Sheep Hunting in Dawes County. Todd Nordeen, agency staff, guides bighorn sheep hunter Terry Bogle and Bob Dykeman, both of Lincoln, at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford.  Haag, Dec. 9, 2015. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

According to the calendar, summer officially begins on June 20th and the weather is heating up fast.  So instead of rifles, shotguns, bows, and wild game, most folks are probably thinking about baseball, swimming and barbecues.  But now is the time to start thinking about the various options available for completing hunter education so you are ready for this fall. In Nebraska, all hunters age 12 through 29 who hunt any game species with a firearm or airgun, must carry …

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Big Game Handgun Hunting Primer

A single shot handgun rests on the window of a deer blind.   Moments after this photo was taken, it fell a nice 4x4 across the field.

Those that know me know that handgun hunting is my passion.  I would rather use a handgun than any other method of take for small and big game.   I think this started from days when my Dad would take me to the farm for an afternoon of plinking with our 22 LR pistols. We would also watch old westerns movies that made me dream about riding the range with a six-gun on my hip! Those days had a huge …

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Ladies – try something new this summer!

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If you are like me, I am ready for a much-needed escape from normal, everyday life and time to spend enjoying the outdoors.  As a busy mom with a full time job and a farm I find myself in a daily 5:00 a.m. fitness rut walking the treadmill and lifting the same old weights– blah. Longer days and the warmer weather of summer re-energize the motivation to go outside and test the muscles.  Over the years I have found taking …

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Time Outdoors in Nebraska

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You may have already started noticing the sound of happy songbirds outside your bedroom window as you wake to the morning light. You will now! Take their lovely tweets as an invitation. And please… resist your urge to pull up Twitter after reading that. Get up and get dressed – dress accordingly. You will be doing some outdoor exploring today.  You should prepare yourself a backpack for the day. Sunscreen, check! Bug spray, check! Water bottle, check! Some other mentionables …

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Last Minute Gobblers

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Turkey chasers, its officially the late season.  No doubts about it. If you are still holding an open spring turkey permit, such as I am, it may be time to adjust your tactics just a bit to fill it.  The good news is there is about two weeks left of season – including a couple of weekends – which is plenty of time to make something happen. The situation: Trees are fully leafed out now making gobbles harder to hear …

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Give Traditional Muzzleloaders a Try

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For a long time I’ve thought that somehow I ended up in the wrong century – I’ve always felt just a bit uncomfortable in today’s ever expanding culture of high-tech gadgetry.  I’ve been interested in history, especially American history, for about as long as I can remember, and one of the era’s that most intrigues me is that of the American frontier and the days of the “mountain men.”  Their tenacity and self-sufficiency is awe inspiring.  Many of them survived …

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Making Spring Park Plans – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

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Have you made your spring park plans already?  Bob Hanover, from Nebraska’s State Parks will be in studio with Jeff and Hershy to get you the details on maximizing your outdoor adventures this spring.  Discover your new favorite camping place, nature activity or spot away from it all as they explore the treasures available to all park visitors. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. (CDT) online at www.KFORnow.com or in eastern Nebraska on …

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Aflutter with Butterflies – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

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It will be a lesson in lepidopterology when University of Nebraska’s Steve Spomer and Nebraska Game and Park’s Ralph Wall join the guys in-studio.  Discover the state’s diversity of butterflies and some of the current issues these colorful insects are facing.  So, grab your net and tune in the conversation. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. (CST) online at www.KFORnow.com or in eastern Nebraska on 103.3 FM or 1240 AM.

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