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Talkin’ Turkey on TV

Nebraska’s popular spring shotgun wild turkey hunting season occupies center stage on my outdoor television segment on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News this week. That’s because the spring shotgun turkey opener is this Saturday, April 12th! I don’t know about you but I am so pumped up for it! Spring wild turkey hunting is one of my favorite outdoor sports/activities. There’s nothing like it! I’ll be offering a safety reminder or two plus few hunting tips for those of you going turkey hunting this spring. A …

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Kids, Turkeys and Tips

If you’re a seasoned, veteran turkey hunter like me, one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll find is to take a kid to the field for the spring season! No question! Be sure to check the regulations/requirements for youth turkey hunting here in Nebraska. You’ll note that there are no minimum age restrictions and that the youth turkey hunting permit price is only $5.00! Conservation Officer Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE, myself, and many, many others at Game and Parks …

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Grandmaster of Turkey Hunting on Saturday Morning Radio Show

With Nebraska’s spring wild turkey hunters taking to the timber, I bring (who I believe to be) the Grandmaster of Wild Turkey Hunting to you on my one-of-a-kind, Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. Who is the Grandmaster of  Turkey Hunting? It’s this man! None other than legendary turkey hunter, veteran turkey call maker, and humorist Dick Turpin of Lincoln, NE! Dick joins me LIVE along with his sidekick Dudley Moore on my hour-long program airing tomorrow (Saturday) morning  from 9-10 a.m. …

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Throwback Thursday: MONSTER!

Did you know that Nebraska has one of the most fascinating accounts of a Loch ness-style lake monster on what is now a state recreation area? According to a 1923 article in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, a man named J.A. Johnson claimed that he and two friends had seen a creature dwelling in what was then called Alkalai Lake (now Walgren Lake State Recreation Area) near Hay Springs in northwest Nebraska. He stated that he knew of forty others who had …

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Pretty Trout Stream on WOWT 6 Outdoors

For my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News, we’re heading to one of my favorite places in Nebraska to do some trout stream fishing – about three hours northwest of the metro area. Take a look at the photo below. Know where we’re going? See how clear the water is in this pristine, spring-fed creek. My wife Polly loves to fish it and catch rainbow trout which are stocked weekly! Prized, wild brown trout thrive in this creek as well. I enjoy catching …

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Nothing to Carp About

The nice spring weather here in Nebraska this weekend was certainly nothing to carp about and neither was the fishing action today along one of Nebraska’s water trails — the Elkhorn River as well as in a nearby backwater pond! My buddy Andre and I took his eight year-old daughter Isabelle fishing on her Uncle Mark’s land. She had a blast catching carp using whole nightcrawlers! Even I landed one. It was just great to be outside and enjoy fishing with Isabelle and Andre. Remember, whenever there’s an opportunity to take a …

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Rain Dance, Smell of the Morel

I did a rain dance outside in the front yard of my home in the Metcalfe Park Neighborhood of Omaha, NE earlier this morning. Like the outfit (my jammies)? My poor neighbor, Brian, had to witness the rain dance while backing out of his driveway to go to work, sorry about that, Brian. Hey, precipitation is falling, woo-hoo! As a nature lover, how could one not think about the benefit of this moisture to the soil and, of course, for morel mushrooms in the woods! …

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Dogs of the Conservation Order Complete the Hunt

“The journey of life is sweeter when traveled with a dog …” Unknown. I have always commented that dogs complete the hunting experience, especially when it comes to waterfowl.  This is so true in the current Light Goose Conservation Order hunting period on Snow and Ross’s Geese here in Nebraska! I have been fortunate to witness some outstanding dog work with some affectionate canines! I thought I’d share some of the images I captured by digital camera of these four-legged hunting companions along with their owners. Above, this is Copper, …

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Post Your Selfies in Nebraska’s Great Outdoors!

We at Game and Parks want to see some selfies of you in Nebraska’s great outdoors! Post your selfies on Twitter or Instagram and use @NEGameandParks and #NebraskaSelfie to tag us. We’ll be reposting some of our favorites throughout the day! Remember, have fun but keep them clean! Here are a few of my “outdoor selfies!” WARNING: These may be perceived by you as funny, scary, nerdy or catchy, HA! Bring on your selfies! The Wags.

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Get to Interview Tom Osborne, Help Teammates at Hunt with Radio Show

With the Great Outdoor Radio Show I host, I am thrilled and honored once again to be part of the upcoming Hunt with the Huskers charity event this Saturday, March 22nd at the beautiful Oak Creek Sporting Club Near Brainard, NE. This is a pheasant hunting fund raiser at a licensed Nebraska Controlled Shooting Area for Tom Osborne’s Teammates Mentoring program. It will be a wonderful opportunity for me to re-connect with Coach Osborne (yes, I said “Coach”), visit with …

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