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Light Geese: They’re Not Cat Food!

Gosh darn, I hate it when any wildlife specie, especially a game specie, is demeaned in any way. All wildlife matters. On my personal Facebook page, I had one of my friends (I ‘friend’ everyone, by the way) call snow and Ross’s geese that I had harvested during the Light Goose Conservation Order hunting period “cat food” on a pic I shared. I know it was meant somewhat in gest, but also with some personal candor. I deleted the comment. Here’s the pic. Look friends, migratory snow and Ross’s Geese …

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Great Outdoor Radio Show, Game and Parks Staff at NE Safari Club Expo

The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host on will be broadcasting LIVE this Saturday morning, March 7th, from the the Nebraska Safari Club International Hunting Expo and Convention. This event is a benefit for wildlife conservation projects as well as youth outdoor education programs in Nebraska. The safari club has financially supported or been directly involved with such programs/projects as the Water Festival at the Two Rivers SRA, Halsey 4-H Camps, Archery in the Schools, Trout in the Classroom, Nebraska Pronghorn Antelope Restoration, and Nebraska River Otter and Bighorn Sheep Reintroductions, …

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State Record Update, March 2015

It has been a few years since we had any state record fish that have been caught through the ice.  We had a couple of fish caught & released through the ice last winter that were state record class ( Big Fish! , Big Fish! Its Happened Again! ), but none in recent years that have been certified as state records.  I have one that was caught through the ice this winter, and it is a bit of an unusual …

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Pond Management Workshops

I have often said that all of our waters can be important fisheries in Nebraska, and that includes some of the state’s smallest waters–pits and ponds.  Angler surveys have consistently shown us that at least a quarter of licensed Nebraska anglers spend some time fishing pits and ponds each year.  Those small waters produce some of the best largemouth bass and panfish fishing in Nebraska every year and there are a variety of other species caught from some of those …

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Public Welcome to Lincoln Wildlife Club Awards

The University of Nebraska (UNL) – Lincoln Wildlife Club extends an invitation to the public for their annual Wildlife Club Awards Banquet on April 11 at the Izaak Walton League, with the social hour beginning at 5:30pm. This year, UNL Lincoln Wildlife Club will be hosting John Chapo, the president and CEO of The Lincoln Children’s Zoo, as the keynote speaker. His presentation is titled “The Lincoln Children’s Zoo- Small Zoo, Large Success.” The banquet, which includes a catered dinner, is $20 …

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More Elk Collared in North-central Nebraska

BASSETT – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission placed tracking collars on three elk near Bassett in north-central Nebraska on Tuesday, the latest installment of a multi-year effort to use real-time location data to determine populations, make harvest recommendations and monitor herd health. Game and Parks contracted a helicopter wildlife capture crew to catch the elk and equip them with GPS tracking collars and ear tags. In addition, samples were taken from the three cows to obtain health and genetic …

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Fish Passageways in Nebraska?

I have an interesting news release I want to share with you: Now I know this open house, this particular fish passage project, is not going to be of great importance to many of you unless you are familiar with the Cedar River particularly in the Spalding and Ericson area.  But, I am betting that very few reading this have even considered that there might be a need for fish passageways on Nebraska rivers and streams.  No, we do not have migratory …

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Let’s Talk Light Geese on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Dr. Mark Vrtiska, Waterfowl Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, visits this Saturday Morning’s (Feb. 14)Great Outdoor Radio Show. Mark, will be discussing all aspects of the current Light Goose Conservation Order hunting period on snow and Ross’s geese. The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Give us a listen! Remember that you can be part of the conversation on the program. Here are the phone numbers …

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Memorable Snows

I know what you’re thinking. No, this is not going to be a blog about the memorable snow storms I’ve experienced growing up in the Cornhusker State. Nope. This is a going to be blog post about the memorable times I had last year hunting snow and Ross’s geese during Nebraska’s Light Conservation Order hunting period here in Nebraska. I can favorably recall each and every experience! I saw huge flocks of light geese. I watched superb dog work. I was fortunate to harvest …

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Nebraska Bait Guide

As I write this I am not sure if we are in ” ‘tween” season or not–between safe ice and open water fishing.  I know there are parts of the state where folks are still getting on the ice, and looking outside my window today, I am thinking there are parts of the state where we may be back on the ice again.  Regardless, this is as good of a time as any to post a little review of bait …

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