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Deer Opener

“Big, big weekend up at the lodge this weekend!”  Yep, it’s opening weekend of the Nebraska firearm deer season.  No, I am not going to blog about fishing today.  I am betting many of you are getting ready to hunt tomorrow.

I love to hunt too, but admittedly do more fishing than hunting.  A lot of that is because there is so much to do and so little time.  I have done a little big game hunting, but not a lot.  Again, not that I have anything against it, or dislike it, I just have spent more time fishing or hunting other game.

So, I do not have many deer hunting stories to share.  Oh sure, I have one that involves a mis-fire, and a buck that still stood there looking at me, but what I really know is this:  For many, the firearm deer opener is about tradition, about family.  Many of you will be gathering with family and friends tonight in anxious anticipation of a weekend of hunting, but more importantly a weekend of time spent together!

And that is what it really is all about!

My mis-fire buck happened with my uncle sitting right behind me, coaching me.  He and I spent that deer opener together, just the two of us.  Man, what I wouldn’t give to jump in a time machine and re-live that day again!

My son’s first deer was also taken while hunting with one of his uncles and a cousin.  And, taken with a flint-lock!  How cool was that?

So, I hope you have a great hunt, but more importantly a great weekend!  I know none of you can relate to this song, but maybe you “know a friend” that will appreciate it!

Take some time to read my buddy Greg Wagner’s blog post before you hit the field, How to Best Photograph a Hunter with their Harvested Deer.


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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