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Lock, Stock and Bedlam

Bargain Hunter Season – Now Open

We are in that great in-between time called February/March as I write this.  We wrap up the winter hunting seasons (cottontail, coyote, etc.) and begin the spring seasons (snow goose and spring turkey).  This is a tough time for a guy like me – and a tougher time for the family’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  You see I am still very much in the mindset of hunting, and though the options have become a bit more limited at present, the …

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Nebraska Outdoors Radio Show

Hey folks, join Hershy and Me this evening as we talk with Mr. Walleye himself, Daryl Bauer on the Nebraska Outdoors Radio Show.  We will discuss ice out fishing and some of Daryl’s favorite techniques and tackle that pay off big time in March as well as lots of upcoming outdoor pursuits to keep you busy in late February to early March.  Join us every Thursday evening from 6-7pm on Lincoln’s own KFOR 1240 AM. Rawly

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The Great Migration

Folks you are about to witness one of the greatest natural wonders  in the entire world play out right in front of your eyes in good old Nebraska.   It has been happening for hundreds of thousands of years, it is critical to the survival of many species, and it plays out in dramatic fashion on the stage set in central Nebraska.   The great spring migration.  Millions of ducks, geese, and cranes are beginning to pour into the Cornhusker state.  While …

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What’s That Smell?

“What’s that smell?”  It was cold out and the wind was sustaining tornado like forces as I struggled to hear my own predator calling.  The weather app said rain but but this is crazy!  Actually, it was an entire series of crazy!  Nothing had gone right up to this moment.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had hunts like this but I am thankful they only come around ever so often for me.  It started with the alarm clock….actually it …

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Valentine’s Day Courtship Strategies – For the Birds

Listen up, men. As you read this there are three days until Valentine’s Day. That means you have just a few more days left to figure out how to make your special someone feel – well, special.  Fear not, as the birds of this great state have many ideas you can capitalize on to make the holiday one that your significant other will not soon forget – even if they wanted to. The first bit of birdly advice is you …

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End of the Season

Not sure when it started.  Perhaps when I was 16 and could drive myself.  Maybe I was younger and the day just happened to fall on a weekend.  Regardless, I have tried my best to hunt the final day of the bird season each year, and I have succeeded for a bit over 2 decades. I do my best to spend the full day in the field, but sometimes things get shortened by the weather or by an abundance of …

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Out With A Bang

I could not resist.  It was cold, bitter cold, but I had to get out just one more day to enjoy one of my favorite hunts…squirrel with a handgun.   Usually it is a single action pistol but this time it had to be the racier semi-auto.  Good thing…I needed it! I sat for over an hour knowing full well that the squirrels would be holed up in a tree den, defying the arctic cold temps and wind.  I tried calling …

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2013 Pheasants Forever Habitat Tours Welcomes Everyone!

A note from our good friend Pete Berthelsen, Senior Field Coordinator for Pheasants Forever in Nebraska: “Attached is an updated flyer highlighting the location of Landowner Habitat Tours for 2013.  This year, there will be a total of 15 tours conducted across the state  These tours are open to anyone interested in attending and are available at no charge.”

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Time to Think Spring Turkey

It arrived yesterday in the mail.  My 2013 spring turkey hunting catalog.  Just last week my hunting buddy from Iowa called to schedule our annual spring hunt.  Then this morning we received a picture of my father in-law’s front yard.  So it’s not entirely my fault that my thoughts are currently turkey-centered.  With several more weeks until we can chase these big birds many of us find ourselves buying turkey gear.  All you springtime tom-chasers reading this can relate.  So, …

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Save The Great Plains in Three Minutes?

Who Can Save the Plains…in Three Minutes? Come to the Conservation Jam on Friday, February 1st at 5:30 p.m. What if you had only three minutes to save the Great Plains? The Center for Great Plains Studies and The Nature Conservancy put this challenge to some of Nebraska’s leading conservationists. Come and hear their answers. They will offer lessons, arguments, and calls to action on topics like grassland health, ground water protection, and what citizens can do to save what …

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