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Goose Bumps

My buddy Mark Davis of the Omaha World-Herald writes an excellent story, shoots great photos on a Canada goose hunt near Valley, Nebraska this past week with another buddy Jim Druliner of Omaha who has those cool Sillosocks decoys. Give the article a read (you’ll love the title, too): Davis: Goose bumps from cold, from conquest

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Morgan’s First Turkey

Congrats are in order for 8 year-old Nebraskan Morgan Shaner who shot his first wild turkey! That’s a nice bird there, Morgan, AWESOME BUDDY! Young Mr. Shaner’s first turkey is a vivid reminder that there is no age restriction for youth who want to hunt wild turkeys in Nebraska and that youth turkey permits for those 15 and under are only $5.00! Be sure to check the requirements for youth hunting. As many of you are I’m sure aware, wild …

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NE High School Anglers at Regional Bass Championship

At the FLW Southern Conference High School Bass Fishing Championship at Lake Texoma (with its 1,250 miles of shoreline) this Past Saturday, Payne Ahrens and Eric Soe of Gretna High School along with their boat caption, Cory Roll, had a great time and represented Nebraska and their hometown of Gretna well! There were seven teams with thirteen anglers. They fished seven hours and weighed just four fish. The winning team won with two fish weighing in at three pounds to …

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Talkin’ Trout on TV

Pan-sized rainbow trout stockings for fall and winter trout fishing come front and center on my live Weekly Outdoor Report, Thursday at 6 p.m. CST  during the sportscast with Greg Ortiz on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. In northwest Omaha,  Standing Bear Lake at 138th & Fort Street already has received 7,000 of these hearty 10-inch rainbow trout! You can get information on the trout stockings in advance of the broadcast on Daryl Bauer’s Barbs and Backlashes blog. On my report, …

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The Sanity of Camping

Spent the other night basking in the magnifique of Bluestem Lake with the camper and friends and man was that time well spent. Funny how a campfire, some good food and friends can help clear the mind and warm the soul. There is still plenty of camping opportunity this summer and with the weather we have been having I cannot imagine not getting out. Camping is a “sport” made for 60 degree night temps and luckily we have that. I …

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Playing the Purple Worm!

This month of June is usually a tough one for me.  It is the first of two months in Nebraska that has no open hunting season.  Now, ordinarily this would seem perilous but the fishing has been so good this June that I think I will make it to the squirrel season opener!  You need to get out there too! My favorite tactic is fishing for large-mouth bass with a 6″ purple worm.  The dark purple seems to work best …

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Sandhill Swans

Today was a great day in the sandhills!! The day was windy and partly sunny but it made for a great day of viewing 14 trumpeter swans on a sandhills lake. I love the sandhills! There is so many cool places to see and take in. Anyone that can get away for a Sunday drive should consider a drive to the sandhills of Nebraska. These 14 swans were simply beautiful to watch, they are a massive bird. It was with …

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Ice at Swanson Reservoir – Julie Geiser

My drive to Swanson Reservoir today made for a great scenic day! It was a bit windy but despite the wind it was beautiful. The lake is open with ice only along the north edge of the lake. Come on walleye!! Anyway…for some reason I was totally infatuated by the ice that had gathered along the edge of the reservoir. The video and pictures I took do not do the scene justice. It literally looked like diamonds floating on top …

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Don’t forget our feathered friends

Had a request for this recipe…It is a good one for those of you that like feeding birds! Suet is an excellent source of energy and be purchased or made very inexpensively. This recipe was handed down to me from a North Platte native. It gives birds nutrition during the winter months and won’t freeze and become inedible when it gets cold; use 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup lard, 2 cups oats, 2 cups cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1/3 …

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