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Long Live Trashtalker!

Once in a great while we are blessed with a bird that challenges us to the core!  Trashtalker was that bird.  We met four years ago during a hunt with my daughter.  We had set up in a large hollow or draw that had not shown much activity in the past.  But then…it happened!  A bird sounded off not 100 yards away in the hollow.  It gobbled….roughly 70 times in 45 minutes!  Never met such a vocal bird.  We called …

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Youth Day at the Range – Seward County Ikes

If burning some powder, breaking some rock and flinging an arrow or two sounds like fun – and you are between the ages of 11-16 and graduated from Hunter Education – then you will want to check out the Day at the Range hosted this Saturday by the Seward County Izaak Walton League.  This FREE event, which starts at 9:00 a.m., takes place just south of Seward, NE and features shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader and archery ranges with instruction from certified …

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Arbor Day Hunts

Weather permitting I will be celebrating Arbor Day my traditional way by dressing up like a tree, making sexy, fowl noises and hoping to seduce the bird that takes center stage in the Nebraska woodlands each spring – the wild gobbler. To appropriately do so I will rise well before daylight, dream about a hearty breakfast while munching on stale granola bars and drinking bad coffee on the morning commute to the river bottom.  Once parked at the field entrance …

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Pretty Fake

When I started chasing gobblers in the spring very few people used them. Now many feel naked if they walk into the field without a turkey decoy or three. I hunted several years before getting my first fake which was made of foam and looked more looney tunes than lonely hen.  But I put her to use with some great results. In the (over) two decades that have passed since then turkey decoys have changed – a lot.  As manufacturing …

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Cycles of Success

What I am about to tell you may be used by some to justify the next purchase of a rifle, bow or shotgun.   You may want to tape this to the refrigerator as soon as you read it.   But I guarantee you that, if you are a shooting sports enthusiast, hunter or angler, you will swell up with pride.  How the funding for the greates conservation model the world has ever known all came together to provide us the hunting, fishing and …

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Game and Parks Commission to begin Walleye Egg Collection

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to begin collecting adult, spawning walleyes in late March. The Commission plans to collect approximately 76 million eggs to meet the 2015 stocking requests. Anglers should be aware that Game and Parks staff will begin collecting walleyes the night of March 30 at Sherman Reservoir, and they will need to avoid Commission boats and nets. Starting on April 1, a designated area along the dam will be closed to both bank …

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Turkey Time

Nebraska may be the best place for the turkey hunter.  The spring season kicked off this morning – 30 minutes before sunrise – with archery.  Just over two weeks from now on April 11, turkey-chasers 15 yrs and under can break out the shotguns.  A week after on April 18, the rest of us can, too.  All spring seasons run through May 31. With healthy bird populations and some great opportunities on many state Wildlife Management Areas and land enrolled …

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Private Archery Instruction Offered at Outdoor Education Center

LINCOLN – Private instruction for beginner or novice archers is available in the indoor archery range at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The center has a pro staff available to provide everything from setting up or tuning a new bow to archery lessons. These private sessions are available at $30 per hour by reservation only. Email the center, located at 4703 N. 44th St., at ngpc.outdoored@nebraska.gov to make an appointment.

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Game and Parks Announces Spring Trout Stocking Schedule

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month. The schedule, subject to change depending on conditions, includes date, location and quantity (times are approximate): March 10 – Gracie Creek Pond, 1,000 March 17 – Bridgeport State Recreation Area (SRA) northwest pit, 1,400; Morrill middle pit, 450; Morrill north pit, 1,350 March 19 – Rock Creek Lake, 1,000; Fremont SRA No. 2, 3,750; Eugene T. …

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Critter Calling

I seem to always dust off the rimfire guns in late winter. I get out the 22 mag revolver or 17 hmr rifle and head to the woods in search of critters that will come to the call. Coon calling is one of my favorite things to do and we still have until the end of February  to get out and give it a try. These guys can be easy to call in at times and provide loads of fun …

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