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Some Muskie Love

Nebraska muskies have received some love recently; let me share a couple of articles with you: The first ran in Omaha Magazine and was written by Doug Meigs: The Fish of 10,000 Casts The second was in Nebraskaland: A 50-inch Minimum STORY BY JEFF KURRUS Merritt Reservoir has long been one of Nebraska’s top fishing destinations. Merritt is an irrigation reservoir, but unlike some others, it fills every year because of the ample flow of the Snake River. It consistently …

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The Invasion of Garlic Mustard

Morel mushroom hunters will know this plant: Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), a biennial, is one of the first signs of green-up in Missouri River woodlands. This low-lying plant prefers moist soils, shade and limited sun, and while its heart-shaped leaves might look inviting during the bareness of early spring, garlic mustard is highly invasive. It outcompetes native plants and threatens the biodiversity of our woodland ecosystems. Distribution The story of how garlic mustard arrived to the New World is similar …

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Something to Listen To. . .

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I know what you have all been doing the past few weeks.  While you are “working at home” you are watching a lot more TV, listening to a lot more radio.  By now you have seen all the same stupid movies a couple, three times.  Sports TV is worthless, but still better than sports talk radio is right now.  Sure, you can listen to music, but that gets old too. The best solution would be the sounds of nature; there …

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Fight!

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When I am in the office, which has not been much lately, at the bottom of the stairs is a mount of two Tom turkeys fighting.  I love that mount, love that I walk by it at least a couple times every day.  It reminds me of a story. . . . My sister married a guy from Pennsylvania.  Rick loves to hunt, still does, but at the time had been unsuccessful hunting turkeys in the spring.  Of course our …

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Fly Fishing Guide

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Haven’t posted anything from Hank Patterson for a while.  This is a good one, and I believe, a little teaser of more to come. Of course you know, what makes things like that humorous is that there is at least some truth to it!  If you know a fishing guide or two, especially a fly-fishing guide, I will bet at least some parts of that video reminded you of them!  Yes, Seth, I am thinking of you!  Man, do I …

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Comfort

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In these unusual times I think we are all just hoping for a little bit of normalcy.  We all hate change and the unknown.  It would be nice to know things are going to be “normal” again.  Would be nice to know things are normal now. I found some of that the other evening.  Found it sitting on a hilltop watching the sun set. What I found was quiet, peacefulness. Deer still ghosted from their bedding areas as the sun …

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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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