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Niobrara River Meetings

The Niobrara River has its origins just across Nebraska’s western border.  Other than that, it runs entirely within Nebraska’s borders and is without a doubt one of the state’s most unique and important natural resources.  Its hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities are among the best not only in Nebraska, but in the country. If you have not had the opportunity to experience any of those Niobrara River recreational resources, you need to, as soon as possible.  But even if …

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Conservation Officer Rich Berggren on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Don’t miss Nebraska Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE on my Great Outdoor Radio Show this Saturday (tomorrow) morning, Nov. 15th, from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Rich and I pre-recorded the one-hour long show on “The Zone” covering various do’s and don’ts, plus regulation reminders and information for Nebraska’s big 9-day firearm deer hunting season on its opening morning. Here are a couple photos of Rich in the field. You’ll find this program to be quite informative, …

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Arctic Opener A Good Thing

Few things on this planet can rival the excitement of  opening weekend of the Nebraska Firearm Deer Season.  Small towns all across the state are a buzz with orange clad hunters making the annual pilgrimage to their favorite haunts to chase deer critters, share stories, spend time with families and just live like outdoorsmen and women for a few days. The recent arctic blast should prove to be a huge bonus for deer hunters this weekend.  Plunging temps should result …

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Preview of Firearm Deer Season on WOWT 6 Outdoors

I’ll be offering a quick preview of Nebraska’s popular firearm deer hunting season (which opens Saturday, Nov. 15th) on my WOWT 6 News outdoor segment. The season looks promising!   There have already been some nice white-tailed deer bucks taken during the archery deer hunting season such as this one by Tanner Podraza of Columbus, NE.  I’ll also be giving you a few fast tips on staying warm if time allows. My Weekly Outdoor Report airs LIVE Thursday evening on the station’s  6 p.m. CST …

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Smile!

Let me tell you about a little project I spent a few days on a couple weeks ago.  The Keith County Visitors Committee was having some filming done this fall promoting the variety of outdoor activities available in the area.  They asked me to come out and do some on-camera interviews about the fisheries, maybe catch a few fish on camera, and provide whatever assistance I could.  I always jump at any chance I have to get around our great state …

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Omaha Deer Check Station Update

Just a short note to let you folks know that we in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha Office will be checking in deer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST  during the 9-day regular firearm deer hunting season. Our new location, 8495 Frederick Street, is located about 1/4 mile north of I-80 on 84th Street behind the Bucky’s Gas Station in the Frederick Plaza. The phone number is 402-595-2144. Here’s the front of our office. Please note that …

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Veteran’s Day 2014

Quick post today.  I am trying to get out of the office here before the “Ice Age” hits.  I will tell you one thing, I am not sure the weather is any worse than it has ever been in Nebraska, but I am sure the hype is WAY MORE than it used to be. I digress. I am betting most of you know tomorrow is Veteran’s Day.  Yep, that means a holiday for me tomorrow.  Yesssss!  However, may I suggest …

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Firearm Deer Season: Enjoying the Experience, Making Memories

We are now just under one week away from the opening day of Nebraska’s largest hunt – the firearm deer hunting season. It opens this Saturday, November 15th. I can hardly wait! This is one of the absolute best times of year to be outside with the deer rut happening! My lovely wife Polly of 26 years says that everything comes to a grinding halt in the Wagner family with the opening of that deer season. It’s a wonderful tradition though. For many …

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Game and Parks Projects Get Boost by AmeriCorps

A special group of workers completed four and a half weeks of sprucing up Nebraska Game and Parks Commission properties in northwestern Nebraska this week. The seven workers of the team were enrolled in AmeriCorps, the federal National Civilian Community Corps program that provides intensive service learning opportunities for adventurous workers ages 18-24. The group joined Commission staff in completing a variety of projects to improve Walgren Lake State Recreation Area, Chadron State Park, Metcalf Wildlife Management Area and Chadron …

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“The Eat”

The weather forecast for next week is cold.  Of course I will be all fired up to hit the ice as soon as it is safe, but I hate to see my fall fishing come to an end. I may never cast a spey rod on some western river trying to catch a steelhead, but there is a lot in this video that I can relate to. A lot that tells you why I hope I have a few weeks of …

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