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Let No One Tell You Snow and Ross’s Geese Aren’t Delicious!

As a conservation professional, I get sick and tired of people calling snow and Ross’s geese nasty nicknames and saying that they are downright unfit to eat. Look, they are not “sky carp,” “lutefisk with feathers,” “an over-cooked catcher’s mitt,” “rats with white feathers,” or “trash birds.” No, not by a long shot!  Your blogger displays snow geese harvested during a recent Light Goose Conservation Order hunt in south-central Nebraska. Photo courtesy of Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. They …

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March outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more event details and a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. March 1-14 – Archery paddlefish permit application period March 2 – Fisheries public informational meeting, Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, Chadron March 3 – Fisheries public informational meeting, Mid-Plains Community College North Campus, North Platte March 7 – Jesse James in Nebraska, …

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Addition made to proposed waterfowl zone changes for 2021-2022

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission still is seeking input on proposed changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries for the 2021-2022 hunting seasons. Additional proposed changes for dark (Canada) goose units have been made in Boone and Wheeler counties. Also, an updated map clarifies proposed duck zone boundary changes in Merrick and Hamilton counties. To view the maps, find more information and provide input, visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/DuckGooseZones. Hunters can download maps and follow instructions provided to …

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Hunting trip planners available on Game and Parks’ website

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Start planning a 2020 spring turkey hunt today by downloading trip planners at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website. These printable, species-specific trip planners – which are available for prairie grouse, quail, pheasant, upland bird mixed bag, mule deer and wild turkey – condense a variety of useful information into two easy-to-read pages. Areas offering best hunting and public access opportunities for each respective species are highlighted in the trip planners. They reference lodging options, highlight …

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More than 100 hunters complete Nebraska Upland Slam

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The second year of the Nebraska Upland Slam gave more than 200 hunters a reason to take advantage of the state’s excellent mixed-bag hunting opportunities. The Nebraska Upland Slam, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska chapter of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, challenged hunters to harvest all four of Nebraska’s primary upland game bird species – ring-necked pheasant, northern bobwhite quail, sharp-tailed grouse, and greater prairie-chicken during a single hunting season In all, …

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February outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Feb. 1 – Pheasants Forever State Habitat Meeting, Kearney Feb. 2 – Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun Feb. 2 – Youth fishing instructor certification, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln Feb 3, 10, 17, …

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Late-Season Deer Hunting Tips

Sadly, it’s the time of year when many deer hunters start hanging up their gear for the season. Perhaps they have already harvested deer, or are tired of trying to do so with their bow, crossbow or muzzleloader, or are just not interested in taking a doe during the deep-freeze weather of the late season. Whatever the case may be, that deer hunting gear should not be put away! Hunters should not let the word ‘late’ make them feel pressured or …

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8 New Year’s Resolutions for Hunters

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions — a promise to do good on acts of self-improvement — has been around for thousands of years on both the eastern and western hemispheres. While many individuals vow to eat better, exercise more, stop smoking and build up their finances, it is far easier to make and fulfill New Year’s resolutions for an activity of which you are passionate, like hunting in Nebraska. So, here are eight suggested hunting-oriented New Year’s resolutions …

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Holiday Gift: A New Muzzleloader!

I have received an early Christmas gift from lovely wife of many years – Polly Wagner. What is it? Well, it is a brand-new, in-line .50 caliber muzzleloading rifle that is fully scoped for deer hunting. Thank you so much, Polly! I am thrilled, to say the least! For the record, by and large, the federal government doesn’t classify muzzleloaders as firearms and an ATFE Form 4473 (background check) isn’t required. So, a person can purchase a muzzleloading rifle for …

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How To Hunt Nebraska’s Wild Turkeys in Winter

I truly love wild turkeys and it’s no secret that I am a hardcore wild turkey hunter. I hunt wild turkeys in spring, fall and yes, in winter. I believe hunting the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) in the various seasons makes you a better, more knowledgeable, well-rounded turkey hunter because you gain intimate knowledge of the bird’s behavior. I know what you’re thinking. What kind of crazed hunter sets up for wild turkeys in the frigid, snow-covered landscape of a Nebraska December …

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