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Six great winter getaways in Nebraska

It’s just that time of year – the winter doldrums are settling in, and your feet are itching to escape and go somewhere new. Your office mate across the hall might be headed to Aruba, but that’s not an option for all of us. Rest assured, though, if you’re in need of a mid-winter getaway, plenty of options are tucked right into your backyard. 1. Ponca State Park Hiking Marathon Challenge Winter and hiking – an unlikely combination, you say? …

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The “Love” of Outdoor Cooking

Whenever the occasion arises, whether camping or in the backyard, I always light the fire pit for an outdoor treat.   The outside weather has never been a factor, anytime of year will do.   My family agrees a meal cooked over the campfire, grill or in the Dutch Oven, is simply irresistible. Skip the restaurant this year, and make your own Valentine’s Day dinner – in your backyard! This February 14, I will be preparing an Italian dinner, consisting of lasagna, …

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NGPC Offices Close at Noon on Dec. 24

LINCOLN – All Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will close for Christmas at noon on Dec. 24 and be closed all day on Dec. 25. The offices will reopen for business at 8 a.m. on Dec. 28. While the offices are closed, permits still may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.

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Rooster! Rooster!

I am a bird hunter. Shaped by my experiences.  A product of my surroundings.  As I was growing up the opening of bird season was a grand celebration that rivaled any holiday gathering or football game.  Family reunited, old friends came back and you even had a chance of running into an orange-vested celebrity or two.  In fact, as a hunter you kinda felt like a celebrity with all the welcome signs and hunter breakfasts. Read a couple (or more) …

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20 Experiences Hunters and Anglers Can Relate To

Kit Hams, a Fisheries and Wildlife Program Manager at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, offered up a few experiences of the most exciting events that make even the most routine hunting trip memorable. Hams defines an unforgettable trip as “usually not by what went right, but about what was unique or, in many cases, what went wrong:” 1. Getting stuck, lost, and scared are usually memorable events that we laugh about later. You had to be there… 2. Finding your …

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Commission Sets 2015 Early Teal Dates at July 16 Meeting in Sidney

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission set the 2015 early teal season dates at its July 16 meeting in Sidney. The teal hunting season will be Sept. 5-20 in the Low Plains and Sept. 12-20 in the High Plains. Teal hunting season dates are set to coincide with the teal migration through Nebraska, and the opening day is typically the Saturday following Labor Day. This year, because Labor Day is Sept. 7, an earlier opening day in the …

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Krzyzanowski Wins 16-Yard Title at Cornhusker Trapshoot

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Zack Krzyzanowski of North Platte repeated as the 16-yard champion in the senior high division at the 46th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot. He broke all 75 clay targets, and then later broke all 100 in a shoot-off. While Krzyzanowski, a junior in high school, was perfect, several others were close behind. Ten other shooters shot 75s, 30 shot 74s and 68 shot 73s. Saturday’s scores in the 75 handicap targets will be combined with Friday’s scores to determine …

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Long Live Trashtalker!

Once in a great while we are blessed with a bird that challenges us to the core!  Trashtalker was that bird.  We met four years ago during a hunt with my daughter.  We had set up in a large hollow or draw that had not shown much activity in the past.  But then…it happened!  A bird sounded off not 100 yards away in the hollow.  It gobbled….roughly 70 times in 45 minutes!  Never met such a vocal bird.  We called …

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Youth Day at the Range – Seward County Ikes

If burning some powder, breaking some rock and flinging an arrow or two sounds like fun – and you are between the ages of 11-16 and graduated from Hunter Education – then you will want to check out the Day at the Range hosted this Saturday by the Seward County Izaak Walton League.  This FREE event, which starts at 9:00 a.m., takes place just south of Seward, NE and features shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader and archery ranges with instruction from certified …

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Arbor Day Hunts

Weather permitting I will be celebrating Arbor Day my traditional way by dressing up like a tree, making sexy, fowl noises and hoping to seduce the bird that takes center stage in the Nebraska woodlands each spring – the wild gobbler. To appropriately do so I will rise well before daylight, dream about a hearty breakfast while munching on stale granola bars and drinking bad coffee on the morning commute to the river bottom.  Once parked at the field entrance …

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