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Let’s save Hunting

I really hope that is not something we have to say in the coming years but to tell you the truth…it is not looking good.  All hunters, anglers and shooting sports enthusiasts should be very concerned.  Things are about to change.  How they change depends on you! The Problem Each state continues to witness declining hunter and angler numbers, a trend that has been occurring for the past 30 years.  In 1992, peak hunting license sales Nationally peaked for hunters …

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March Means Migration Near You (Even in the City)

When I was kid, I always looked forward to taking a drive with my grandparents during the March thaw to see the spring migration of birds in Sarpy County, Nebraska. We never had to travel very far from our homes in Gretna to see the migrating birds either. It’s those drives that helped to develop my appreciation for birds. Truth is, you still do not have to venture far at all to enjoy the spectacular March migration of birds in Nebraska. Extraordinary spring migration bird watching awaits you in …

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Commission Reviews Draft of Pheasant Management Plan

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reviewed a draft of a comprehensive pheasant management plan at its meeting Feb. 25 at Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club and Kennel north of Tekamah. The Commission approved the concept of the proposed plan and will refine it. The objective of the draft Nebraska Mega Plan is to produce the best pheasant hunting experiences for the most people over the next five years. The plan’s goals are to increase pheasant abundance, increase the …

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What’s all the buzzzzz about? Nebraska’s state insect

Did you know that the state of Nebraska appointed the honeybee (Apis mellifica) to be the official state insect in 1975? Though not native, these little guys do a lot for us Nebraskans. Honeybees produce beeswax, propolis (aka bee glue), bee pollen, royal jelly, and one of my absolute favorite commodities, HONEY! Honey, or liquid gold, as I like to call it, has endless uses. Spread it on your peanut butter toast, drink it with hot tea to soothe your …

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March Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 1 – Women’s Firearm Series: Introduction to Handguns, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6:30-9 p.m., 402-471-6141 March 1, 3, 5 – Women’s Combo Hunter Education, Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville, HuntSafeNebraska.org March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Outdoor Skills Discovery Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, …

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View Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny SHP and SRA

LINCOLN – Sandhill crane enthusiasts are invited to visit Fort Kearny State Historical Park and State Recreation Area to enjoy the spring migration. The visitor center will open daily March 5 – April 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff will answer questions and direct visitors to viewing areas. One popular viewing location is the hike-bike bridge over the Platte River at the recreation area. The bridge is one-third mile from the parking area. The best viewing times are a half …

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Feed Birds in your Backyard this Spring

The spring migration will soon be here bringing weary travelers; bird lovers may want to consider providing our backyard feathered friends with food as it may be limited in some areas. This time of year the food supply for birds is scarce leaving some birds searching for food and burning needed calories. Late season snowstorms may cover up any natural food sources adding to their stress. Help the birds that visit your yard with what they need by providing them …

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Purposes of Camo

As I was rooting through my camouflaged clothing the other day in the Wagner basement/outdoor cave looking for a particular garment, some questions came to mind. Does all of this camouflaged clothing really matter? I am using each of these? What purposes does camouflaged clothing really serve? Why do I end up wearing it much of the time yet I’m not entirely outside? Whether for function or fashion, whether heading to the ground blind or golf course, I do not truly believe that camouflage is ever off-trend or out …

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Great Backyard Bird Count – Nebraska Outdoors Radio

Give the nation a snap shot of the birds living in your backyard this weekend as part of the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Dave Titterington from the Wild Bird Habitat Store will tell us how when he visits Nebraska Outdoors this Thursday evening.   We will also find out what our feather friends are up to this time of year and how you can attract them closer. Nebraska Outdoors radio can be heard every Thursday evening starting at …

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Public Meetings to Discuss Possible Hunter Sight-In Range in Lancaster County

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host two public informational meetings to discuss the proposed placement of a single bench and berm for hunters to sight-in firearms at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lancaster County. The meetings will be Feb. 16 at the Spring Creek Audubon Center, 11700 S.W. 100th St., Denton, and Feb. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. …

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