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Go Big Red Means Go Outdoors

 “Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” Question: When is the absolute best time to go outdoors — hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. in the fall here in Nebraska? I’ll tell you. There’s no debating it either. It’s a Saturday (like the one coming up) when the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team is playing a game during the daytime on television. Home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln take even more people away from the woods, waters and prairies here in Nebraska …

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Soldiers Point the Way at Fort Atkinson SHP

By Julie Ashton, Friends of Fort Atkinson If you have driven into Fort Calhoun lately, you’ll notice a few new soldiers standing on the north and south sides of town. These soldiers, made of iron and painted to look 3-dimensional, are part of an effort to bring additional recognition to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and help brand the area as a “fort” town. A plan was laid out that would involve the Commission, the Fort, the City of Fort …

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BOW Workshop Empowers Women

Nestled in beautiful fall colors and cool temperatures of the Nebraska National Forest, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop was held last weekend at the 4-H camp near Halsey. The BOW workshop is a place where women of all backgrounds and ages gather to learn more about the outdoors in a non-intimidating, friendly environment. It is a weekend of hands-on experiences, learning new skills, making new friends, renewing old friendships and having a great time. I write about this …

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Tweet Me Tomorrow

My first LIVE chat on Twitter is tomorrow from Noon to 1 p.m. CST and I hope you’ll be joining me! Use @NEGameandParks and ‪#‎AskWags to ask a question or two or share a comment about Nebraska’s great outdoors. I’ll be directed and assisted by Game and Parks compatriots Dylan McCaugherty and Maximillian Wesely. Now, I don’t pretend to know everything about the Husker State’s outdoor scene and am always constantly in learning mode, but I’ve been around for a while, spend a ton of time …

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Portraits from the Past: 50 MPH Stagecoach

50 MPH Stagecoach (Held her at 50 most of the way) We drove 600 miles this way to Estes Park, making it in 16 hours in 1939 (& back). On top were 5 blanket rolls covered with heavy canvas which was tied with rope running to bumpers both “fore” and “aft.” On back was a platform that carried all of the grub, army cots, and cooking utensils. On the left running board – carried all the suitcases and any additional …

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Entering the Twittersphere with LIVE Chat Oct. 8th

Lookout, Twitter followers, I will soon will be entering the Twittersphere! One week from today, on Wednesday, October 8th from Noon to 1 p.m. CST I am inviting you to engage in a LIVE Twitter chat with me. Now, during this time, you – the  Twitter follower, can ask me questions related to fall scenery, events happening in Nebraska’s State Parks and fall outdoor activities such as  fishing and hunting.  One of the things I’ll be offering up is advice on the best places to see fall …

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Final Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s final Living History event of the 2014 season will be held October 4 and 5. Visitors will witness this 1820’s Military Post come alive as volunteer interpreters portray the daily activities of soldiers and civilians as they prepare for the upcoming winter. In addition to normal activities portrayed, such as military demonstrations, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, coopering, carpentry and textile trades, Omaha’s Old Dominion Dance group will present three period-style dances on Saturday, and on Sunday, Matt …

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Fox Hunting in the Sandhills

Bob Grier wrote a story called Horses and Hounds in the 1994 April issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine. Twenty years later, I’m revisiting the same subject, except this time, I will be telling the story and photographing from horseback. My story on Nebraska fox hunting is still a work in progress, but since our bloggers here love to write about themselves, I guess this is a perfect opportunity for me to do the same. If there is one thing I love …

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Reel ’em in Roadtrip: Labor Day Weekend

With high expectations Commissioner Burke and I spent a few hours on the water at Johnson Lake to kick off the holiday weekend. Trolling is the method we prefer, however after two-plus hours we drew the big goose egg! Saturday morning I left Johnson early to meet the Forney brothers and son Shane at Lake McConaughy. The walleye bite has been strong all summer and I always enjoy outings with a new group. Trolling nine hours produced four good catfish and, finally, the last …

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Fair Bound

Tomorrow morning I’ll be bound for our brand new Nebraska Game and Parks Commission exhibit at the NE State Fair in Grand Island’s Fonner Park. I can’t wait to work it all day! Our free exhibit area is bigger and better than ever! Called the Nebraska Outdoor Encounter it encompasses over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space in the Nebraska Building and features unique displays and interactive activities designed to get people outdoors. Take a look at a few photos of it snapped by fellow Game …

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