Home » How To

How To

Deer Opener

DSCN6339

“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 …

Read More »

Notable Fish

20191016_AnglerPallid2

Some Loup River anglers caught a notable fish last month. . . . No, it was not a catfish as big as a bus.  It was a pallid sturgeon, a federally-listed endangered species.  Pallid sturgeon are similar to shovelnose sturgeon, but larger and much rarer.  Nebraska Game & Parks Commission research crews spend a lot of time monitoring pallid sturgeon in the Missouri and lower Platte rivers in Nebraska, but none have ever been documented in the Loup River. That …

Read More »

How To Best Photograph A Hunter With Their Harvested Deer

You are a deer hunter and you’re mentoring a new, young hunter in the field. The young deer hunter has just successfully shot their first deer. Congratulations! Knuckle bumps and high fives! Now, the opportunity is there for you to photographically capture the moment with the young hunter and their deer for all your friends and family to see and to upload a pic to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website for the new Take ‘Em Hunting challenge and …

Read More »

Obviously an Ice-Fisherman!

IMG_0710

My thoughts are turning more and more towards ice-fishing, and if your thoughts are the same, you will love this. . . . I found this TV news report on the interwebs. . . . How did that guy end up in Oklahoma?  OKLAHOMA????  Of all places!  I would tell you he has to have been from someplace north of Oklahoma originally, but he has the Oklahoma accent!  At the least, he needed to travel “up nort” during the ice-fishing …

Read More »

On Stand

SunsetSilo

A long, long time ago, I used to do some bow-hunting.  Actually, I started shooting a bow before I ever went to school, kindergarten that is.  Back in those days, bows did not have wheels and wires, and arrows had cedar shafts.  The only thing I ever knew was a Bear recurve, and the arrows my Dad manufactured. Along about grad. school, I really got into fishing in the fall.  Oh, it is not that I do not love to …

Read More »

Find Does, Find Bucks

“I wish more deer hunters would forget about all the stuff they have read or heard over the years and focus their deer hunting on the does in order to be more successful in the field,” says Jeff Rawlinson, longtime deer hunter and outdoor educator at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. And he’s right! Far too many of us who hunt bucks get wrapped in a rub and scrape lines, grunt calls, rattling antlers, decoys and a multitude of …

Read More »

Fall Sampling

IMG_7624

Our fisheries field biologists are busy in the fall.  That is the time that we do most of our fish population sampling on waters across the state.  I say all the time that the data we gain from that population sampling is worth its weight in crankbaits.  Simply put, this is how we monitor the health of our fisheries and evaluate our fisheries management strategies.  A really nice secondary benefit is summarizing that data to produce the annual Fishing Forecast. …

Read More »

Happy Halloweeny, 2019

img_0236a

Quick blog post here on Halloween.  Do not know about you, but while trick-or-treating, I will be looking for this place! If you see someone who looks like Red Green, that will be me. Don’t worry.  I will only take one. Happy Halloween from the mink with evil eyes!

Read More »

State Record Update, Spearing 2019

StateRecordRedearUnderwaterSpearJuly2019

It has been a while since I have done a state record update.  I usually do an update about this time of year, and usually I have some spearfishing and bowfishing records to report.  This time I only have one. . . Daniel Nelson of Ogallala took a 1 pound 12 ounce redear sunfish by underwater spearfishing back in June.  That fish was taken from a private pond in Keith County. Congratulations, Daniel, your state record certificate will be coming …

Read More »

Deer Hunting Offers Tranquility and Personal Introspection

Someone once said: “Deer hunting is a lot about nothing.” “Nothing,” really? In my view, that statement is so far from the truth. It is the time of year for archery deer hunters and soon, firearm deer hunters, to be on their stands or in their blinds all day long, up to 12 hours. Doesn’t sound like it’s too difficult to do, does it? But it is. Deer hunting for long periods of time demands complete fortitude, conviction and tenacity. To …

Read More »