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The Sandhills Call To Me

Anyone can appreciate the mountains but it takes a true outdoors person to appreciate the Sandhills.    They are as beautiful as they are rugged.   Inviting yet unforgiving.    Gentle to the eye yet harsh to all who inhabit this rugged and scenic landscape.  Filled with incredible flora and fauna along with some of the coolest people Nebraska has to offer.   Each year I have the good fortune of heading out into the Sandhills, shotgun in hand, to chase sharp-tailed grouse and …

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Go Off the Grid in the Sandhills

“There is delight in the hardy life of the open.” – Theodore Roosevelt. My, my we are all are so reliant on the ‘grid’ of modern technology. With computers, the Internet, Smart phones, IPads and even the computerized sensors and chips that make our motor vehicles run, every move we make it seems cannot be done without entering the technological sphere. Oh, and let’s not forget about the convenience of electricity either.  All of this high-tech gadgetry is a positive thing in our daily lives, right? But wouldn’t it be nice to disconnect and take …

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Waterfalls in Nebraska? Yes, There Are!

I was talking with folks at the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show this past week who had just moved here to Nebraska from Colorado and they just couldn’t believe that this state (our state) has any waterfalls in it whatsoever. Whoa, folks, not so fast. We do have waterfalls in the Cornhusker State and some really cool ones at that! Look at the stair step falls along the Niobrara River near Valentine, NE. So, new friends and Nebraska residents, this blog post is for you! Enjoy catching a glimpse …

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A Sandhills Mixed Bag

I can still remember my fist trip to the incredible Nebraska Sandhills with a shotgun in hand.  It was nearly 25 years ago and it literally changed my life. The Nebraska Sandhills are home to many species of game birds including the northern zone of our ducks coming from the Dakotas into the central part of the state as well as my favorite game bird of all time, Sharp-tailed grouse.   There is no better place to chase this bird …

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THE RIVERS LEAST-FLOATED

While working the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show yesterday, I was reminded about a couple Nebraska rivers not floated much that have nearly constant water levels year-round being spring-fed by the massive Ogallala Aquifer. That reminder was prompted by a good friend in Nebraska’s outdoor recreation scene – float trip outfitter Mitch Glidden of Mullen, NE. Mitch, along with his wife – Patty (she really runs things, sorry Mitch), own and operate Glidden Canoe Rental and the Sandhills Motel …

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SNOW DAY THOUGHTS, THE SNAKE

Here at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha-Metro Office, as Winter Storm “Q” intensifies, I am thinking much warmer thoughts actually. I am thinking mid-summer, sunny skies, warm, gentle breezes, cool, refreshing water, trout fishing, canoeing, hiking, camaraderie and about one of my favorite places on earth – Nebraska’s Upper Snake River Valley in Cherry County. I wanted to share some of those images with you on the snow day that many of us here on the Great Plains …

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