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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!

Big Mac on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Nebraska’s massive, scenic outdoor playground, the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala complex in Keith County, will be highlighted on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. My special guest will be Scott Eveland who is a boating safety officer for us at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He works the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala area along with the western portion of the state. Scott thoroughly knows the waters and landscape of Keith County. Scott will also talk about the impressive trout fishery at Lake Ogallala. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat …

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Hunting Withdrawal Syndrome

“A man may not care for golf and still be human, but the man who does not like to see, hunt, photograph, or otherwise outwit birds or animals is hardly normal. He is supercivilized and I for one do not know how to deal with him.”  – Aldo Leopold. It’s mid-June and I’m grumpy. There’s yard work to be done, household projects to be completed, weekly errands to be ran, and a variety 0f other tasks that need to be accomplished. Ugh, the rat race gets …

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Christy Christiansen on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Don’t miss popular Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Education Specialist Christy Christiansen when she comes to the microphone LIVE tomorrow (Saturday) morning on my Great Outdoor Radio Show! Christy will be promoting a number of outdoor educational opportunities and events that are available to you and your family, even if you’ve never set foot in the great outdoors! She’ll also be offering tips on how avid hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts can encourage folks to get interested in the outdoor lifestyle that she …

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Throwback Thursday: Soccer on the American Frontier – Pig Bladder Ball

Today kicks off the World Cup Soccer competition with many of us watching the matches in Brazil. Throughout history humans have enjoyed kicking a ball or something like a ball in the great outdoors. On the American Frontier, pioneer families, many of whom who had hogs, had the custom of taking the airtight bladder membrane from butchered pigs, inflating it and tying it up to be batted and kicked around outside. It was primarily kids who would play a game outdoors with bladder membranes using their feet and …

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Last Call: NEBRASKAland Photo Contest Entries!

I have a quick blog post to let you know that we are in the final stretch of accepting submissions for NEBRASKAland Magazine’s Photo Contest. Have you entered yet? You should! This contest is open to all NEBRASKAland Magazine subscribers regardless of age or skill level in photography! However, those of you who want to submit photos, but don’t get the magazine can subscribe and then enter. There are a variety of adult categories and a couple youth categories as …

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Wildlife is All Around Us

Many of us who enjoy Nebraska’s great outdoors do so as a result of flora and fauna that we see there. But, I am reminded today, that wildlife is, after all, all around us, even in urban Omaha’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood! I think it’s really neat when we have to go no further than our own homes to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate wildlife, especially in late spring and early summer! Case in point: The mourning dove nest at our Wagner abode. Look! On the ledge of our fireplace chimney we have a …

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Throwback Thursday: From Lemonade Ice to Outdoor Recreation

Did you know that a state recreation area near Omaha, NE was the site one of the largest icehouses/ice plants in the country? It sure was! In 1897-98, the Armour and Company Icehouse was constructed just northwest of Memphis, NE in Saunders County on a 154-acre tract of land purchased from a farmer who sold some of his property due to the severe farm crisis of the 1890’s. The Icehouse According to Nebraska State Historical Society records, the Armour and Company …

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Goin’ Tankin’ on TV This Week

Perhaps you have already read about and seen photos of livestock tank floating on Nebraska rivers in the June Issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine. If not, you can read Eric Fowler’s cool article about it here.  However, if you want to view video of what we refer to as “tankin’,” then you’ll wanna tune in to my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast. Yup, we’re goin’ tankin’! We’ll …

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Last Call for Morels

After a morel mushroom hunting adventure with a buddy along the Elkhorn River this weekend, I am issuing a final call for harvesting morel mushrooms, at least in the river bottom woodlands here in eastern Nebraska. Head to your woods for morels as soon as you can! They’re there, most likely in good numbers due to the heavy rain event we had this past Sunday. We did find fresh morels. However, some were dry and had brown tops to them. Fungi/mushroom expert Mark Davis, Writer/Photojournalist for the …

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Throwback Thursday: Old Town Site Within a State Park?

Did you know that one of our Nebraska state park lands actually has an old town site within its boundaries? Know which state park it is? Here’s the sign denoting the old town site that has couple reconstructed buildings. One of them is a reconstructed schoolhouse. There’s also a reconstructed mercantile. And, a reconstructed cabin near the old town site. Founded by Native Americans of mixed heritage to serve their reservation, this town sprung up around a trading post and …

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