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Summer Squirrels

Most that know me will admit the “kid” has never left me.   My wife would likely agree with that and then some.  Part of my childhood was chasing bushy tails in oak trees on my uncle’s farm.  From the first hunt…I was hooked.  I have been ever since! Early season squirrels (our season starts August 1) can be a lot of fun and a real challenge.  We can finally get back into the field and that in itself is …

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Hunters Take Center Stage in USA Shooting Sports at the Rio Olympics

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Team USA did outstanding at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games. More specifically, Americans competing in shooting sport events were on fire! It is also interesting to note how many of our Olympic shooting sports leaders came to the sport with a hunting background.  In fact, for several Olympians, hunting is absolutely part of who they are! The very first Gold Medal awarded this Olympics was won by 19 year old, Virginia native, Ginny Thrasher in the 10-meter air rifle …

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When Nature Calls…

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As you plan your next hike, camping trip, biking excursion, hunt, fishing trip or any outdoor adventure, think to yourself, are you fully prepared for that moment when nature calls?  Yes, we have all experienced that “OH NO” moment in the outdoors.  One time forgetting to pack the ever important toilet paper, you will never forget it again.  While toilet paper is such an important commodity, it can be so finicky in the outdoor climate.  I have discovered many ways …

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Strive to Stay Alive! Basic Outdoor Survival Skills for Everyone

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“What would you do if you if you found yourself in a survival situation?”  The answer most people give to that question is, “That’s never going to happen to me!”  But according to reports from professional rescue organizations throughout the U.S., state police and authorities from the National Park Service, every year there are countless individuals, couples, even entire families, who go out for what they anticipate to be an enjoyable day-hike or a drive in the scenic wilderness and …

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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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