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#HuntNebraska – Live Hunting Chat Today @ Lunch

Today is the day to join the guys from the Nebraska Game and Parks over lunch and talk all things hunting during the live Twitter Chat (12 noon – 1:00 p.m. CST).  NGPC Hunting Outreach Specialists Jeff Rawlinson and Aaron “Hershy” Hershberger, along with Big Game Manager Kit Hams, will be online to offer up tips for the upcoming November deer season.   Feel free to ask them for thoughts about waterfowl, upland bird or any Nebraska hunting season, too. …

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November. Too much to do?

Welcome to November and all it has to offer in its short 30-day span.  For the hunter the toughest part may be choosing just what to chase next. The migration is on and all parts of Nebraska’s duck zones are currently open. There are a good number of local Canada geese around the state and there will be more added as it cools down further north. Bird season is open and you can pursue grouse, chickens, pheasant and quail.  (and …

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Nov 5 – #HuntNebraska LIVE Twitter Chat

It’s prime time for hunting in Nebraska and next Wednesday, November 5, over the lunch hour you will have the chance pick the brains of NGPC Hunting Outreach Specialists Jeff Rawlinson and Aaron “Hershy” Hershberger.  Hit them up for tips, tricks and thoughts regarding the upcoming November deer, waterfowl, upland bird or other hunting season. You can be part of the live Twitter Chat (12 noon – 1:00 p.m. CST) by tweeting questions to @NEGameandParks using  #HuntNebraska.  If you are …

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A Sandhills Mixed Bag

I can still remember my fist trip to the incredible Nebraska Sandhills with a shotgun in hand.  It was nearly 25 years ago and it literally changed my life. The Nebraska Sandhills are home to many species of game birds including the northern zone of our ducks coming from the Dakotas into the central part of the state as well as my favorite game bird of all time, Sharp-tailed grouse.   There is no better place to chase this bird …

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Let the Bird Season Begin

As I pointed out in a 2012 Blog,  tomorrow (10/25) marks the beginning of a new year for many upland bird hunters.  And according to the 2014 Upland Game Outlook we can expect to do a bit better than last year, especially with quail.  I hope this an upward trend that continues for some time – suitable habitat and weather being the limiting factors – and know I am not alone. I am a bird hunter, with a slight bias …

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An Old Coot Trick

It happens just about every year.  The ducks that are around have been around for a while and they seem to have it all figured out.  They not only avoid your decoys, many disappear during shooting hours and those that stick around land on the wrong side of the pond. Some call it the October Lull.  But all of us wildfowlers grumble bad words as we watch our lonely dekes bobbing in the water. We try our best to derive …

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23 years of Firsts – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

The 23rd Annual Nebraska Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend took place this past weekend in the Nebraska National Forest – Bessey Unit, near Halsey, NE.  What a tremendous weekend it was, too.  Some great October weather was made even better as 110 adult women came together to talk nature, conservation, fishing, hunting and shooting. You can check out some pics from this weekend on the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Nebrask Facebook Page. With 65% of the women attending for the first time …

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Old Hunter Tales, Myths and Outright Lies

We hunters are continually in search of tips and secrets that will help out in the pursuit of our prey.  We read articles, watch videos, talk to biologists and listen to experienced hunters.  There are many great sources of good information.  There is also a lot of misinformation out there.  Some are Old Hunter Tales, others are often repeated myths and a few simply outright lies. I have several people to thank for getting me into duck hunting.  Rhett was …

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Youth Waterfowlin’

Youth-only waterfowl seasons are nothing new.  They have been around for about a decade and a half.  I took part almost religiously for the first half of their existence, thanks largely to my involvement with the local Ducks Unlimited chapter and my excitement for being in the marsh.  Though, my interest in the special event has not waned, my fall work obligations have all but kept me from taking part.  Not this year.  This year will be different…in more than …

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The benefits of Teal

At thirty minutes before sunrise this past Saturday one of my favorite events arrived in Nebraska – teal season.  The short season gives me an annual opportunity to renew the fondness I hold for this small duck and a chance to try out new excuses for missed shots. Blue-winged, green-winged and even cinnamon teal pass through Nebraska but they can all be summed up in one word – quick.  Teal are quick to arrive on the scene, sometimes quick to …

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