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The Worth of a Wild Goose

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Canada Goose Hunting in Nebraska and “the Leopold tingle” In his classic 1949 book A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife conservation, asked: “What is a wild goose worth? I have a ticket to the symphony. It was not cheap … but I would forego the experience for the sight of the big gander that sailed honking into my decoys at daybreak this morning. I saw him, I heard the wind whistle through his set wings, as …

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How To Cook Your Goose: Tasty Light Geese

Hey, who says that snow and Ross’s geese are not good to eat, huh? No, they’re not cat food, garden fertilizer, “sky carp,” “bad lutefisk with feathers,” “over-cooked catcher’s mitts,” or any other derogatory  names you want to call them! With these geese, it’s just the opposite! Please don’t roll your eyes. Bear with me. Snow geese and Ross’s geese, defined as light geese,  have dark, richly flavored meat. They can be quite delicious, if, and I mean, if, you take adequate care of them in the field, prepare them …

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Waterfowl hunters reminded to identify their target

LINCOLN – Waterfowl hunters are reminded that they must identify their target when hunting this winter. Trumpeter swans recently were shot in southeastern Nebraska after allegedly being mistaken for geese. Trumpeter swans are listed as an At-Risk species in the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project. They are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and state game laws, making it illegal for anyone to shoot them. The trumpeter swan is one of North America’s largest birds. All swans should be …

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Report Shows High Numbers of Mallards, Green-winged Teal for 2016

LINCOLN – Nebraska duck hunters will find good news in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent 2016 waterfowl population status report. The report shows mallard numbers are near record highs and the estimated green-winged teal population is the highest since estimates began in 1955. The estimated mallard population this year is 51 percent above the long-term (1955-2015) average, while the green-wing teal numbers are 104 percent higher than the long-term average. Other dabbling duck species varied in abundances from …

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Commission Approves Comprehensive Pheasant Management Plan

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted a comprehensive pheasant management plan at its meeting April 22 in Chadron. The goal of the Nebraska Mega Plan for Improving Pheasant Hunting is to produce the best pheasant hunting experiences for the most people over the next five years. Since the first reports in Nebraska around 1900, pheasants have become a fixture of the state’s agricultural and cultural heritage. Hunting is not only a management tool but a tie that …

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Commission to Consider Pheasant Plan April 22 at Chadron State Park

LINCOLN – Improving pheasant hunting in Nebraska is the goal of a draft comprehensive pheasant management plan that the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider at its April 22 meeting in Chadron. The objective of the Nebraska Mega Plan for Improving Pheasant Hunting is to produce the best pheasant hunting experiences for the most people over the next five years. Since the first reports in Nebraska around 1900, pheasants have become a fixture of the state’s agricultural and cultural …

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Game and Parks Seeks Input on Potential Waterfowl Changes for 2016-2017 Season

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on potential changes to duck zone and goose unit boundaries for the 2016-17 hunting season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) allows changes to duck zone boundaries every five years, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has paired this with dark (Canada) goose unit boundary changes. Duck zones and goose units provide an opportunity to coordinate duck and goose migration patterns and hunter preferences with hunting season …

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Hunting is about Watching Wildlife, Like “Whitey”

I swear that game birds and animals know when hunting seasons close. Sometimes I think they can actually read our Game and Parks hunting publications, don’t you? I’m kidding, just kidding. Such was the case though yesterday when a lone, wayward snow goose lit near our Canada goose hunting spread  in Dodge County, NE. The goose hung out with us all day, eventually ending up in our decoys. It was wildlife watching at its finest as the Nebraska light goose …

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Hunting Nebraska’s Reservoirs

Big water reservoirs are often hunted by Nebraska Game and Parks commissioner Lynn Berggren along with family and friends. Commissioners Berggren, Jerrod Burke and Norris Marshall along with Burke’s son Logan, and Berggren’s sons Kevin and Pat and grandson Kaleb were all out waterfowl hunting this past month – making lasting memories and enjoying morning sunrises. Part of hunting is spending time with family and friends, chasing sunrises and sunsets and enjoying time spent together in the field or on …

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Youth Waterfowlin’

Youth-only waterfowl seasons are nothing new.  They have been around for about a decade and a half.  I took part almost religiously for the first half of their existence, thanks largely to my involvement with the local Ducks Unlimited chapter and my excitement for being in the marsh.  Though, my interest in the special event has not waned, my fall work obligations have all but kept me from taking part.  Not this year.  This year will be different…in more than …

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