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Adventure Report, Early Summer 2014

I know there are folks who believe I do nothing but fish all the time.  I wish I could say that was true.  Don’t get me wrong, I fish whenever I have a chance, as I will tell you about in this blog post, but that does not mean I am on the water as much as I would like.  I share a lot of personal things here and if you have been reading you know there are times when …

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Come Join Us at Family Fishing Night in Papillion

You and your family are invited to come join us at our annual Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Sports Family Fishing Night at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE this Thursday night, July 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. Find out how fun fishing is! Lake Halleck is located just a quarter mile to the east of the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets in downtown Papillion. We at Game and Parks will be furnishing the fishing tackle and bait as well as fishing instruction. Family fishing nights provide a wonderful opportunity for you and …

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Stop the Presses, Big Fish!

I am going to share a photo of a big fish that was caught in Nebraska recently.  Yes, I realize that some of my blog readers will know all about this catch already, it has been making the rounds on the internet and that is where I got the photos and information.  But,  I want to blog about it because there are a lots of other folks who have not heard about it.  If there is one thing I have …

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Ilimitado (Limitless) Pico De Gallo

C’mon, admit it, don’t you just love good pico de gallo? It’s one of my family’s favorite summer dishes. Healthy, fresh, crisp, with a touch of heat and hints of cilantro, it adds zip to your chips! Pico de gallo goes with so much more than the usual bag of tortilla or corn chips though. You can use it as a sauce for if you’re broiling freshly caught fish or toss it with grilled chicken; spoon it over thinly sliced strips of steak; top off your scrambled eggs with it …

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Spider Dogs & Banana Boats

When it comes to camp cooking I usually trend toward the simple.  I leave the complex eats to those with more skills than I.  That in mind I thought I would share a couple standard eats around my campsite that seem to go over well and need little prep or time.  You can also getting everyone regardless age involved in the process which helps out, too. Spider Dogs This is simply a twist on the standard fire-roasted wiener and adds …

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Happy Independence Day!

I do not know what your family traditions are for the 4th of July holiday, but I know this cartoon is very appropriate for ours: I have to tell you that the 4th of July has probably always been my favorite holiday.  Yes, I suppose that is due at least in part to all the fireworks, but a couple of years ago when it was very dry and the fire hazard was very high we did no fireworks and still …

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Viva La Difference!

If you have been reading my blog for anytime, you know I am a huge fan of catch & release.  In fact there are those who have accused me of being a catch & release fascist. I do not care.  Catch & release is an established part of sport fishing today, and an important part of fisheries management.  Simply put, if you fish today you will be releasing at least some of the fish you catch if not voluntarily, by …

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Grilling an American Bird

For those of you that still have some turkey left in the freezer from the this past spring’s season it’s time to introduce the bird to the grill. Now there are lots of great ways to grill wild turkey, but one of my favorites is the shish-kabob. (Ironically, the term ‘shish-kabob’ has Turkish origins). They are simple, fun to make and extremely delicious. Start by cubing turkey meat into roughly 1 inch pieces. Oftentimes I give the meat an overnight, …

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“Shocking Flatheads”

The July 2014 issue of NEBRASKAland magazine is available on-line right now. It is way too early in the summer to find any of the gayfeather that is pictured on the cover, but inside you will find a variety of great stories, as usual. Of course I am going to point out a fish story on pages 42-45, “Shocking Flatheads”.  In that, NEBRASKAland editor Jeff Kurrus interviews Jordan Katt, the fisheries biologist in charge of the flathead catfish research that has …

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Setting the Stage for #NGPCFoodWeek

I am setting the stage for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s exciting online Food Week #NGPCFoodWeek beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 30th and running through the Friday, July 4th. You’ll want to follow us on Facebook or check our other online and social networking sites at least daily to get a variety of cool recipes to help make your Independence Day get-together or summer outing the most enjoyable ever at the table! In advance of our food week, I thought I’d share some basic information about cooking wholesome, nourishing wild game. A good number of us …

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