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Cold Water Boat Safety

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Last week the weather was nice, temperatures were warm and none of you would have listened to me. . . . This week the reality of springtime in Nebraska has slapped us in the face, again.  Maybe I can get a few of you to consider some things. . . . I know we are all anxious to get on the water this time of year, and I know we love a warm spring afternoon.  But, even on those afternoons …

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While at Home, Watch Birds

You’re staying at home, hardly going anywhere except for essentials. There’s not a lot to do. Or, is there? Have you ever taken the time to watch or listen to the birds around your yard, acreage, farmstead, ranch house or lake house? After all, it is spring and that means courtship, breeding and nesting. But spring is also means migration. Our overall diversity of birds peaks in early May, so new species arrive every day or week. I have to …

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Stupid Friday

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Considering the circumstances, I have been trying to keep my Friday blog posts lighthearted the past few weeks.  I will continue that trend today with some stupid memes I have saved.  This seems to be as good a time as any to use them. You know there is very little demand for fish jokes.  I will slip ’em in whenever I can, but that is darned seldom.  Like this one: Actually, chain pickerel were stocked in some Nebraska waters years …

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It is Spring and Crappies Are on the Mind

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If you blog about the outdoors, fish and fishing, subject matter is seasonal.  Same time every year the same subjects are relevant and I will probably blog about them in some form.  I hope people do not mind “re-runs”, but I am betting most will not remember, and there are a bunch of new readers.  I re-ran one last week, got another here. . . . As soon as we have some nice weather this time of year, everyone wants …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter, Spring 2020

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I want to get this distributed a little further today: Once again a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteer fishing instructors.  We could not do a lot of what we do without you! If you are not one, and would like to be:  Become a Fishing Instructor. As the newsletter says, I do not know when we will be back to doing the things we love, including kid’s fishing events and community fishing nights.  Hope it is soon, …

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Social Distancing Champion

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With the current status of our world, I have been spending way too much time watching TV and surfing the interwebs.  Idiocy reigns. Oh sure, I have slipped out for some social distancing, sunshine, mental and physical health therapy.  Then, it is back home.  However, I have seen one commercial recently that I kinda like: Who knew?  His name is Daryl.  Good name. For now, spending some time outdoors is still allowed.  As I said earlier, it is good for …

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Kid’s System

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I am going to re-post a blog that I did several years back.  This blog has been a good one to reference over the years, but with web page changes and so forth I can no longer do that.  So, I am just going to post it again.  Perhaps you and the kids have some time to practice some social distancing right now. . . . If you fish, you need to find someone new, find a kid, take ’em …

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Road Closures, Spring 2020

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When we put out a news release like this, I do not know how widespread it is distributed.  My hunch is they need to get out even more, so. . . . We still have some bad road conditions on several areas in the state.  Some of these conditions go clear back to last year, some of these have not improved a whole lot since then. Several road closures on wildlife management areas LINCOLN, Neb. – Roads on several state …

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Some Lightness for the Weekend

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I have been getting “out” and practicing some social distancing when I can.  But, like many, I have spent a lot of time recently watching stuff on the internet.  Let me share a couple that I liked: First one is an interesting, but short, battle with a muskie: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that most of the time I am standing in a pair of waders while I am fishing.  I fish from …

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Just an Eagle

Last spring, I received a call from conservation officer Matt Seitz who asked me to pick up an eagle that had fallen from a nest near Barneston. Although I was on vacation at the time, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hold a baby eagle. I said I would get it and went out to meet the farmer who knew where the bird was located. Gary Remmers was working in his field on April 27 when he noticed something …

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