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How To Not Let The Big One Get Away

All of us who love to fish have a story or two about the one that got away, don’t we? Invariably, the tale involves hooking the fish of a lifetime and losing it to unforeseen circumstances or mistakes. Trust me, I have made my share of mistakes when it comes to large, prized game fish. Without question, these stories, however embellished, can be devastating to those who have a passion for wetting lines. For as many wild and crazy occurrences …

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Catch Up Time

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I get the same feeling every spring; so much to do, and so little time.  The fist are biting, the turkeys are gobbling, spring keeps moving along. That feeling has hit me even more recently after spending a few days “under the weather”.  Now, I feel like I have some catching up to do.  One reason I feel that is because my son jelly-headed a turkey already: Not only that, but my sister got one out in Montana too.  My …

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State Record Update, Spring 2021

I have a couple of state record applications sitting on my desk; might as well tell you about them. . . . Both of them were caught on rod & reel, and both of them broke records that were just recently set.  One of those will be no surprise, the other, well, you never know. . . . Actually, the first one crossed my desk right after I had updated state records for 2020.  We do not have a lot …

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Take ‘Em Fishing, 2021

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Doing the “Take ‘Em Fishing” promotion again this year! Take ’em Fishing to share love of the sport LINCOLN, Neb. – Catching fish is fun and addicting. The more fish you catch, the more you want to keep fishing. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages experienced anglers to share that feeling and introduce people to fishing in the third year of Take ’em Fishing. Experienced anglers who participate will know they’ve introduced someone to an activity they can enjoy …

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Hunting Turkeys in Foul Weather

Nebraska weather. Don’t like it? Wait a short while. It’ll change, maybe. Reality is rarely so kind. The Cornhusker State’s spring wild turkey hunting seasons are in full swing amid the ever-changing, ever-fluctuating weather patterns here on the Great Plains. Nevertheless, should we wait to turkey hunt until we have those beautiful bluebird-like days with warm sunshine and slight to no wind? If time is not available to do that, we might have to hunt when the weather is dealing …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Workshops

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Maybe things are beginning to trend back to some sort of normalcy.  We are starting to talk about events and programs again. You may have seen this advertised already, I know it has been “around”.  But, I want to make sure it gets “around” even more: Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at workshops in Lincoln and Kearney in the coming months. Instructors are …

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Don’t Be Stupid

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I heard another report from the weekend that brings to light another topic I have blogged about before, going to again. . . . Some of you may know what I am talking about; apparently, a couple of kayak anglers were able to aid another kayaker who had capsized.  First of all, THANK YOU GUYS!  Thanks for being aware, thanks for being prepared, thanks for helping!  WELL DONE! Now, I know everyone wants to be on the water this time …

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Know What you Caught!!!!

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It is Monday.  That is really no big deal, sun comes up and sets on Monday just like it does any other day of the week.  However, this Monday I could tell there had been “stuff” blow up on the interwebs over the weekend.  Oh, it was “stuff” that I have blogged about before, more than once.  But, obviously it is “stuff” that might be new to some folks.  “Stuff” that others just plain do not care about. What am …

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Morels Aren’t The Only Edible Mushroom In Spring

Topside photo of a dryad’s saddle, a.k.a. pheasant’s back or hawks wing, in Nebraska. Photo by Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Hey, what’s that mushroom? Hmmm … Wonder if it’s edible? Along with finding and picking morel mushrooms, there is another edible wild fungi growing in your moist woodlands that you should know and consider harvesting and making for dinner — the dryad’s saddle. Dryad’s saddle? The dryad’s saddle (Polyporus squamosus) , a.k.a., pheasant’s back mushroom, or hawk’s wing, is …

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Location of the Locators?

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On the eve of my annual spring turkey addiction, I am a bit flustered. I have misplaced my locator calls.  I had four calls on a lanyard.  Where they have gone I have no idea.  I have looked everywhere. For those of you who might not know, let me back up a bit. . . . You do know Tom turkeys gobble in the spring.  It is how they attract females.  It is a huge reason I love spring turkey …

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