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Pre-Season Checklist For Hunters

You are a hunter. You are a Nebraska hunter. Your thoughts are now drifting toward cool, crisp mornings, falling leaves and maybe a bit of snow cover on the ground. You can picture yourself throwing out teal duck decoys on warm, early September morning in your favorite wetland. You have been spending some time on the target range practicing with your firearm or bow. You have been down the aisles at nearby sporting goods stores perusing the latest hunting clothing and equipment. But even with some tasks done, there’s more to do in the domain of hunting …

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Why Not Jump At The Chance For Bullfrog Season

It is a season that opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15th. It is an unusual season, but one that just reeks of adventure, challenge and tremendous entertainment value. And, trust me, this is season that will create memories and stories like no other! No, it is not a hunting season. IT is Nebraska’s bullfrog season. Look at the size of this adult North American Bullfrog being held by your blogger. Photo by Jo Momsen/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Bullfrog season. Really? Yep. I know what you’re thinking …

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Success in the Salt Marsh

The sun sets as shadows fall over a saline wetland and a muskrat hut at the Little Salt Fork Marsh Preserve.

It is just before dawn in Nebraska’s eastern saline wetlands.  You sit quietly on the edge of a salt marsh – a mearly level pan of sparse vegetation and mud. Just in front of you water laps in rhythmic beats at the shoreline. On the opposite shore, the growing light gently begins to fill in the dark spaces, giving definition to the dusky shapes that have been murmuring in the distance. They are a mixed flock of shorebirds and waterfowl …

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Fishing is about catching fish, but so much more

It’s a sport. It’s a hobby. It’s a profession. It’s a pastime. It’s a lifestyle. Fishing. The image of a parent and child on a fishing trip is one that’s historically iconic in our country. For those of us who are of the “baby boomer” generation, think back to the classic sitcom likenesses of The Andy Griffith Show with Andy and Opie sharing a heart-to-heart when wetting lines. This scenario cements the American idea of fishing as a parent-child bonding activity and teaches a great deal of life skills. As a parent, I can tell …

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Go Bowfishing: Aim Low, Think Big, Shoot Often, Have Fun!

Zac Hickle is an avid fisherman. He could take a rod and reel, tackle box and bait, and sit by the river’s edge to try to catch catfish and a variety of other fish. But, he doesn’t do that. Instead, at home he gets his young 6-year old son, Gavin, ready, then hitches up his customized Jon boat loaded with archery fishing gear, life jackets and large tubs, and sets off for the backwaters of mighty Missouri River. You see, Zac Hickle of Elkhorn, NE is a hardcore …

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Time Will Soon Be Ripe For Much Wild Fruit And Berry Picking

The mulberries have been ripe for a couple weeks now. Wild strawberries and raspberries have been picked already. But, soon the bulk of the edible wild fruits and berries in the Nebraska countryside will be ready for harvest. Before you get started in the fun of harvesting wild fruits and berries in Nebraska, here are a some foraging rules, regulations and guidelines that you need to know. Ask the farmer or rancher first! You must acquire permission before gathering wild …

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Sun, Sand, Swimming And Safety

The Nebraska state park system offers some fantastic beaches for swimming and wading. From Big Mac to Branched Oak, more than two dozen state recreation areas offer a chance to catch some rays, play in the sand and cool off in the water of lakes and reservoirs during hot summer days. Beach swimming is blast! My family and I really enjoy it. However, drowning in dark water is a real danger and one of the most horrific things that can happen right in front of loved ones …

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Ten Tips For Tubers

Leisurely floating on one of Nebraska’s many scenic rivers or streams in an inflated inner tube is a cool, refreshing, relaxing, way to enjoy a hot summer day with family and friends, isn’t it? Tubers take a break from floating the waters of the Niobrara River east of Valentine, NE. Photo courtesy of Daryl Bauer/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Oh, yes! Summer river tubing is awesome! There is nothing like free-floating a river on an inflated inner tube just about the water level …

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Roasting The Perfect Marshmallow At Your Campsite

Roasting marshmallows over a campfire is one of the highlights of a camping trip or an outdoor gathering, especially to a state park area. No question. You would think roasting a marshmallow over the coals and embers in that furnished fire ring may seem like the easiest thing to do, right? Not necessarily. How many times have you seen someone pull their stick from the fire to reveal a perfectly roasted marshmallow? That’s right, not very often. What you normally see is somebody quickly removing their …

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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. Without question, these stories, however embellished, are actually devastating to those who have a passion for wetting lines. For as many wild and crazy occurrences that aren’t preventable when you lose a large fish, there are a number of things you can control that …

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