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Time to Combo

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Well it’s here.  You can even feel it in the air already.  FALL!  Many of you have been counting the days until you will grab your bow, shotgun, or rifle and head to the field.  Nebraska is a great place for all of those outdoor activities and more.  My problem is having enough time to do all of them.  Yep, I love to hunt too, so I can understand.  But, along the way, I discovered fall also is some of …

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Q and A: Dutch Oven Cooking with Christy Christiansen

I love to eat, but do not cook much. I am the chef’s sampler indeed, but not a chef. There is one thing connected to the great outdoors regarding cooking though that I want to learn how to do – Dutch oven cooking. I have been around Dutch oven cooking for some time, but have been the beneficiary of the culinary talents of many. Over the years, we have had fabulous Dutch oven chefs associated with the Nebraska Game and …

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“Blinded Me With Science”–Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon

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I have not done a blog post on a fisheries science topic in a while.  Time to dust off the theme song, if you want, listen while you read, She Blinded Me with Science, Thomas Dolby. Got another link for you to follow.  This one about some research that has been done on pallid sturgeon in our stretch of the Missouri River.  I found an excellent article in the Nebraska City News Press.  No, I am not going to copy …

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The Agony!

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Found this clip on the interwebs.  Love it. Love it because I know exactly how this kid felt: Admit it.  You’ve been there. Here is the last muskie I had hooked: She was right there.  You can almost see the water swirling yet.  What hurt so much is I had just sat down and sharpened hooks.  I spent at least ten or fifteen minutes sharpening hooks.  Started casting again and it was not three casts and I felt that “thump”.  …

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Topwater Bait Selection

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Summer is the best time of year to fish topwater baits; topwater baits for several species of fish.  Now maybe you spend all your time bouncing bottom while you are fishing, and in that case you are about to ignore me.  But, you should not.  You should be fishing topwater baits at least part of the time, if not a lot of the time. A couple of years back I blogged about the variety of topwater baits, tools, and how …

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A Time To Hunt

Fall sports have been cancelled, postponed or will be highly regulated. Yes, there is no Husker football this season. Bars, restaurants and gatherings are being limited or restricted. Mask wearing mandates are in effect for various businesses and in the cities of Omaha and Lincoln. These are certainly very strange times. One of the oldest pastimes in our American history, however, remains valid and is not damaged or impaired in any way – hunting. The hunting seasons in Nebraska for …

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Some News Items, Aug. 24, 2020

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I have a miscellany of items I want to highlight today, nothing major, but of interest to Nebraska anglers! Boat ramp now open at Indian Cave State Park LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park is open for use following repairs. During the brief closure, silt was removed from the area, a guardrail was replaced and riprap was repaired along the bank. An entry permit is required of each vehicle entering Indian Cave State Park, which …

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Moment of Chill

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If you have not needed a minute or three during this whole coronavirus thing to sit down, count to 10, and chill out, well, maybe you are asleep. Then the stinkin’ “Big 10” goes nuclear and ruins our whole Husker football and volleyball seasons.  AAAAArrrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! The absolute best remedy for that is time on the water.  Hope you get to do that, and soon! But if you need a minute, right now, right where you sit: If you are like …

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Change

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Some of us pointy-headed fish biologists share an adage, “The only constant in nature is change.” If you live in Nebraska, you should know that is truth.  Our weather is always changing.  Our climate changes from year to year.  We have wet spells, dry spells.  I have heard sandhillers say, no matter how wet it has been, that we are never more than about three weeks away from the next drought. That is life in the Great Plains. If you …

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Things To Know When Coaching A New Hunter

One of the most amazing experiences in the hunting lifestyle is taking a new hunter to the field repetitively. I have mentored new hunters for some time and encourage any of you who hunt to join our cadre. Coaching apprentice hunters should start with our own family or friend networks, however, be on the lookout for aspiring hunters in all sorts of unexpected places. It is now vital to reach out to new and different audiences who are eager to …

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