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Clear Creek Goose Hunt

An Adventure Story I love to duck and goose hunt and go whenever the opportunity presents itself. One of the first places I hunted waterfowl years ago was at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area near Lewellen. I still love going to this public hunting area. For those who have never been to Clear Creek, there are a few things to know before you hunt. When the duck and goose season begins, hunters can access the seasonal refuge and special hunting …

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Fish and Fowl

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Going to be “outta the office” for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Nope, not going to be the usual holiday.  Nothing else has been “normal” this year, why would it be any different for Thanksgiving? However, one thing has NOT changed, and that is we have A LOT for which to be thankful!  Freedom, this beautiful state we call home, time spent outdoors, friends and family, health, food on the table, a roof over our heads.  Maybe we should all appreciate those …

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Cold Water Boat Safety

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I know many of you have already winterized the boats.  However, I also know that as long as we have liquid water, some will still be launching boats and fishing.  We have lots of folks that are using their boats for waterfowl hunting too.  You all should have made note of this news release at the end of last week: Trenton man injured in Swanson Reservoir boating accident LINCOLN, Neb. – A 46-year-old Trenton man was hospitalized with injuries following …

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When They Do Not Take It Seriously

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I have blogged several times about how everyone needs a good net man, and a good photographer.  Unfortunately, some never take their responsibilities seriously.  What you can do about that? Most of us could tell horror stories.  I can remember one nice walleye, the only walleye of the day, that got knocked off by my net man. It is even worse when you are netting your own! When it happens, and it will,  there will be mental and emotional anguish.  …

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Never Grow Old

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I spent a couple days drifting flies down a river this fall.  Mid-afternoon of the second day I had an epiphany.  It dawned on me that all I was really doing was something I had done probably since the first day I ever fished–watch a bobber. Sure, fly-anglers like to sophisticate-it up by calling them “floats”, or in this case a “hopper dropper”, but in practice, what I did was sit and watch for that ‘hopper to go under water.  …

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Burchard Road

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I know some of my blog topics are of interest to a relatively small audience.  I also know that if you are one of those in that small audience it can be very important to you.  Consequently, I believe it is important to spread the word about some of these “little things”, because, well, I know often the word does not get spread. In this case, I am referring to the road leading to Burchard Reservoir in southeast Nebraska.  Burchard …

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Swan Lake Boat Ramp Improvements

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News release went out late last week: Boat ramp improvements completed at Swan Lake LINCOLN, Neb. – Boat ramp improvements at Swan Lake are complete, providing better angler access to this Holt County lake. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission improved the gravel boat ramp on the north side of the lake by placing articulated concrete mats over crushed rock to form a firm concrete bottom for boat access. While still a relatively shallow slope, the 60-foot-long by 16-foot-wide ramp …

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Friday Tunes

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You all know I like to keep my Friday blog posts on the light side.  Although I have not done it recently, from time to time I like to share a hunting or fishing tune. I know this one is not new, but hey, I am old and sometimes it takes me a while to catch up.  I kind of like it!  Tells a story, captures what we love about fishing!  And, I like the banjo! However, let me say …

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Fall Surveys

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My friend Steve Moseley recently “road along” with one of our field crews doing some of our annual fall, fisheries sampling.  Steve is a writer for the York News-Times and he wrote a great story about his experience.  For those of you interested in Nebraska fish and fishing, interested in the work done by pointy-headed fish biologists, you will enjoy Steve’s article.  Follow the link, take some time, read it!  Oh yeah, there are some pictures too! Game and Parks …

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How to take a quality photo with your 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 members to see and to upload a pic to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website for the Take ‘Em Hunting challenge and …

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