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Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter, Spring 2020

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I want to get this distributed a little further today: Once again a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteer fishing instructors.  We could not do a lot of what we do without you! If you are not one, and would like to be:  Become a Fishing Instructor. As the newsletter says, I do not know when we will be back to doing the things we love, including kid’s fishing events and community fishing nights.  Hope it is soon, …

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Wild Game Cooking 101

Are you feeling stuck inside your house with not much to do? Do you have wild game meat in your freezer? Good. Time to get a little “wild” and cook some! With so many options for cooking cuts of wild game meat, it can sure be difficult for the inexperienced cook to know where to start, right? No matter what the scenario is, any professional chef or wild game processor will tell you there is nothing magical or mystical about …

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Social Distancing Champion

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With the current status of our world, I have been spending way too much time watching TV and surfing the interwebs.  Idiocy reigns. Oh sure, I have slipped out for some social distancing, sunshine, mental and physical health therapy.  Then, it is back home.  However, I have seen one commercial recently that I kinda like: Who knew?  His name is Daryl.  Good name. For now, spending some time outdoors is still allowed.  As I said earlier, it is good for …

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Road Closures, Spring 2020

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When we put out a news release like this, I do not know how widespread it is distributed.  My hunch is they need to get out even more, so. . . . We still have some bad road conditions on several areas in the state.  Some of these conditions go clear back to last year, some of these have not improved a whole lot since then. Several road closures on wildlife management areas LINCOLN, Neb. – Roads on several state …

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Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Goes Beyond the Hunt in These Times

As avid spring wild turkey hunters, we possess a major advantage over other outdoor enthusiasts: We know what it feels like to be completely isolated, and to be alone, most notably in a turkey hunting blind for hours. As Henry David Thoreau once said: “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” For us hunters, we are used to sitting alone in different blinds quietly for long periods of time with our thoughts, waiting for a moment …

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Some Lightness for the Weekend

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I have been getting “out” and practicing some social distancing when I can.  But, like many, I have spent a lot of time recently watching stuff on the internet.  Let me share a couple that I liked: First one is an interesting, but short, battle with a muskie: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that most of the time I am standing in a pair of waders while I am fishing.  I fish from …

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The Pine Ridge Special

Step away from ordinary equipment to fly-fish Nebraska’s trout streams. Let’s get this out of the way early. When looking for fly-fishing advice, you might want to go elsewhere. Mind you, I have fly-fished many times, but when it comes to getting serious about catching fish, a spinnerbait or can of nightcrawlers is usually involved. My fly-fishing dates back to the 1990s when I was gifted a rod-and-reel combo package. As with all fishing, it was fun. Too often, though, …

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A Break, and Some Thoughts

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Other than my wife and daughter, I have had little interaction with any other humans for the past several days.  Anytime I touch a surface, or come within 10 yards of another person, off I go to wash my hands. At least to this point, our governor has not ordered us to lock down for a couple of weeks.  So, yes, I would still tell you that you can sneak away for a little fishing and practice social distancing. I …

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Ft. Robinson Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Project

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One of the biggest Aquatic Habitat rehabilitation projects we are working on right now is out at Ft. Robinson.  Yes, that is way out in northwest Nebraska, and yes, you should make a trip there sometime!  There are a lot of fishing opportunities in and near Ft. Robinson, as well as a ton of other things to see and do.  Oh, and it is some of the purdiest country in the state! Some of the fishing my family and I …

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Cure cabin fever, check your yard for wild foods this spring!

Coronavirus concerns have you pretty much confined to your home. You’re tired of sitting around the house.  Perhaps you have even been a little cabin feverish as of late. Don’t fall into despair. The lawns are greening. The flowers will soon be blooming. And the trees will be budding before you know it. But, let me ask you a question: Did you know you that you may have food growing right under your feet in your yard, lot, garden, acreage …

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