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Memorable First Teal Hunt

Imagine taking a bucket of stirred-up hornets and throwing them in front of a hunter. That’s what it’s like when a flight of blue-winged teal suddenly swarms in over a decoy set. – Wade Bourne, Colin Moore, Outdoor Life Magazine.


On the waterfowl hunting front, Nebraska’s early teal hunting season has drawn to a close in the Low Plains zone. I wanted to share some photos of my very first early season teal duck hunt this past week in that zone. Yes, it was my very first teal hunt, EVER! I thoroughly enjoyed this new, challenging (let’s underline challenging), memorable outdoor experience in a gorgeous wetland setting along the Platte River in eastern Nebraska.


I have hunted many game birds and animals but never pursued anything quite like Blue-winged Teal. Trust me, I have great respect for this small, acrobatic, beautiful puddle duck!



Special thanks Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE for presenting this incredible Nebraska waterfowl hunting opportunity and being a fantastic teacher! I learned a lot, Kyle, and your dog Cowboy did an excellent job on those blue-wing retrieves in dense marsh habitat!


I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the hunt itself!







Remember, always take advantage of an opportunity to learn a new outdoor activity when you can! I’m 52 years-old and I hate to be cliché, however, I am proof that you can teach an old dog (me) new tricks!




About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Communications and Marketing Specialist and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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