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Lock, Stock and Bedlam

Skills I Have Learned from Hunting

February and March just seem like the months for reflection.  Maybe Hershy hit the nail on the head when he said February-March were the months for planning…for me it is reflection.   I was born with really only one skill.   Had to learn the others.  Now when I say learn…I use that term loosely because life is full of trial and error.  Some years more error than trial.  When I was 12 I started reloading my own ammo.  I won’t suggest …

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Hunt Master Trainings – Mentor Workshops

In time for spring, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting two Hunt Master – Mentor Trainings for individuals interested in mentoring during the turkey hunting season.  The first will be held on Friday, March 8, at the AkSarBen Aquarium south of Gretna on Hwy 31.  The second will be in Kearney on Friday, March 15, at the ERC Building at Yanney Heritage Park.  Both workshops will run from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required and includes …

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Become a Volunteer Hunter/Bowhunter Education Instructor

Have you ever thought how fun and rewarding it would be to become a Nebraska Hunter or Bow-hunter Education Instructor and give something back to the sport you love?  Here is your opportunity!  Trainings in Lincoln are held once in spring and once in fall (generally) so don’t delay.  Having been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, I can tell you it is pretty rewarding.  I have been able to meet some of the neatest people in the …

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Outdoor U

It started around a year ago.  I could not wait to release a new program we had been working on called “Outdoor U” and once released, I could not wait to participate.  Outdoor U is a new program that allows hunters, anglers, campers and shooting sports enthusiasts to track their recreational and life learning activities and obtain various achievement levels.  Each level says something about you.  In the beginning, well you start out as a Pathfinder.  For newbies, this is …

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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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