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Last-Minute Notes for The Great American Eclipse

Are you gearing up and getting excited for the historic spectacle on Monday, Aug. 21st, when a total solar eclipse will race over Nebraska from the northwest to the southeast? Good! Thought so. Me, too! Here are some last-minute notes to assist you in safely and enjoyably experiencing The Great American Eclipse in The Cornhusker State. Plan ahead. Buy your state park permit ahead of time. Take additional supplies (water, food, insect repellent, sunblock, etc.). Carry park brochures and a road map. Fill your vehicle …

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Jump at the Chance for Bullfrog Season

It is a season that opens at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15th. It is an unusual season, but one that reeks of adventure, challenge and tremendous entertainment value. And, trust me, this is season that will create memories and stories like no other! No, it is not a hunting season. IT is Nebraska’s bullfrog season. Bullfrog season. Really? Yep. I know what you’re thinking at this point. Why would any sane, rational person trudge through backwater areas at night, risk getting bitten on the legs by creatures that you can hardly …

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Outdoor Ambassadors

Every hunter I know is an ambassador of our sport and our outdoor heritage.   Some realize this daily while others…well…don’t see themselves there yet.   When you think of what an ambassador does, it really makes you understand our importance in hunting and conservation.   By definition, an Ambassador is an accredited person sent by an organization to represent them.   So…how well do each of us represent the hunting community?   Do we speak of hunting and its associated partners in a positive light …

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FALL ARREST SYSTEMS SAVE LIVES – DON’T CLIMB WITHOUT ONE!

Statistics show hunting ranks among the safest of outdoor sports, and hunting related injuries have dropped considerably with required hunter education. However, the annual figures don’t tell the whole story because it’s difficult for game agencies to keep track of the injuries sustained in falls from tree stands. Frequently, treestand accidents don’t involve firearms or even archery equipment in the case setting up, moving or taking down a stand. As a result, many treestand accidents aren’t included in these statistics. …

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Are you REALLY ready for the total solar eclipse?

It will undoubtedly be among the most stunning sights you have ever witnessed. It has been labeled as one of the most awe-inspiring events in nature, and it’s coming! For the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in our great country, and we, in Nebraska, will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers along with eleven other states on August 21st for about a minute or two around the lunch hour depending on local time. To find out exact times of the …

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Squirrel Season!

If it weren’t for fishing and camping, summer would be tough to get through.  After all, June and July are the only two months where we do not have a hunting season in Nebraska.  But….August is finally around the corner.   While the fishing has been awesome this year, the small game season will be upon us and first out of the shoot…squirrel season.   From August 1 – January 31, squirrels will provide families across Nebraska with all the excitement and …

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Can I get permission to hunt your land?

Maybe it’s because I am a lifelong Nebraskan with deep farm roots. Maybe it’s because I am a person with an outgoing, assertive personality who thoroughly enjoys interacting with people. Maybe it’s because of what I do for living and my employer. Maybe it’s because I am a legal hunter, an ethical hunter. I don’t know for sure. But honestly, I have never had difficulty acquiring permission to hunt on private land with good habitat. I feel the quest for private …

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Wild about Nebraska Fruits and Berries

Who needs to buy fruit at the store, when nature’s fruit market is open for business, at no charge, right? In Nebraska, from a general standpoint, we are either at or nearing the time when many edible wild, native fruits and berries, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and tasty to the tongue, are ready to be picked! There are so many things you can do with wild fruits and berries. They can be eaten directly in the field, or taken home …

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Shoot for the Cup

As many archers are developing their respective bow disciplines, they will inevitably be told to come shoot a tournament or two. Many novice shooters may be nervous to compete in one of these tournaments because they fear their shooting skills may not be good enough. This could not be further from the truth! A great shoot that is coming up on Saturday, August 19, is the 2nd Annual Director’s Cup Tournament. The Director’s Cup, similar to other outdoor tournaments, follows …

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Big Catfish Manifesto

Never in my outdoor life have I ever endured so much negativity, so much criticism, and taken so much flak for an action. It all was the result of a photo and video I shared recently on my personal social media accounts. Both were of a large, master angler-sized flathead catfish that I caught in an eastern Nebraska sandpit lake and then duly released back into it. Here are the photo and short video clip shot by my fishing partner, Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE. Alright, I know what you’re thinking: “Nice fish, good job on the release,” …

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