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Name Dropping

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  This blog ain’t about Nebraska.  It IS about a lifestyle that includes family and fishing.  Even though this particular post is not Nebraska-centric, I suspect many of you will be interested in the adventures anyhow.  In fact, most of us have a list of waters in-state and out-of-state that we love to fish, let me drop the names of a few of them here. . . . My immediate family and I spent a week in Montana recently. …

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Hunting Experience Feels Like Husker Game Day

The morning air is crisp and cold. Hardwood trees stand motionless and silent — faint brush strokes against the slowly lightening predawn sky. As light emerges, wild plants still green are bejeweled with dew. Small sounds begin to carve the creek bottom. A raucous calamity of crows can be heard in the distance. An assertive, vociferous blue jay appears on a limb. Two fox squirrels squabble amid the leaves on the woodland floor. The insistent nasal yammering of a white-breasted …

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The Big Suck

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Today I want to blog about a little project some of our fisheries staffed did at Victoria Springs State Recreation Area (SRA), recently.  To give you a little background, I have to tell you about duckweed, a small aquatic plant. Duckweed is a common aquatic plant on some Nebraska waters, it is a small plant that floats on the surface.  It is NOT an algae, it actually has leaves and small roots.  Typically, duckweed grows on small waters that are …

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Snausages

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All you bass anglers know about Texas rigging, but it is time for you to take up a notch! Sorry to give away secrets, but big fish love snausages.  I learned that from my cousin.  I know a lot of you are already fishing with snausages.  If you ain’t, you should be!

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Native Mussels

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Our communications staff recently produced a 4-minute video on some ground-breaking and interesting work our fisheries production staff has been doing.  Yes, our state fish hatcheries and fish production staff produce millions of fish for stocking in Nebraska waters every year.  Recently they also have been dabbling in the production of freshwater, native mussels as well.  Watch the video, you will get the idea: Let me add some details to what the video told you.  Several species of freshwater mussels …

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Why Hunting Is Important

With September just a one more quick flip my on NEBRASKAland magazine calendar, it is time once again to reflect on the age old question of why hunting is so important. Yeah, I know hunting is important. But, why do you think hunting is important? Give it some more thought. Really think about the question: Why is hunting important? Why is hunting important to you, if you hunt? Sure, hunting offers a multitude of benefits. It is quiet dampness on a frosty morning. Hunting is the ease of camaraderie. …

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What’s It Really Like Down There?

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One of the biggest challenges of fishing is locating fish and understanding their behavior; that challenge is complicated because much of the time we cannot see the fish!  I am not a diver, cannot even swim very well, so I am fascinated by fish in aquaria, fascinated by underwater pictures of fish! A few weeks ago I referred to a blog and the website on which it was hosted, Engbretson Underwater Photography.  I love resources like that because they give …

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Can You Smell It?

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Found a new “KVD” commercial recently: That reminded me of an oldie, but one of my favorites: I do believe that the more time an angler spends on the water the more of a “sixth sense” he or she will develop when it comes to finding and catching fish.  I cannot explain it, but sometimes you can just feel it, have an unexplained hunch about it.  Maybe it is not so much in the smelling, but then again. . . …

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Solar Eclipse

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A few months ago I blogged about one astronomical phenomenon, Black Hole; upcoming events compel me to blog about another one now. . . . Unless you live, oh say, on the backside of the moon, you have heard something about a little shadow that will be racing across planet earth next Monday, August 21.  My buddy Greg Wagner has already published a blog post with all the details and hysteria surrounding this event, you should read it, Are You …

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Water Snakes

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Someone called to my attention this headline on the internet a few weeks ago: Snake steals, eats fish caught by fisherman I read the story, thought to myself, “So what?”  However, I suppose to some journalist, and maybe to a bunch of city folks reading, that might have been sensational news! The story comes from Iowa, but the same snakes, common water snakes, are found throughout Nebraska, Nebraska Snakes. Having spent a bit of time around water, especially tromping along …

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