In the Wild with Greg Wagner

Received just moments ago … Sharing the feedback with all of you … Keep the reports comin’ … Congratulations Jill!!! … GW.
Just wanted to share a success story.  My wife Jill has been trying to harvest a deer for the past 3 or so years.  Because of my business, we have only been able to hunt the December  black powder season and have not had any luck.  Last night, Jill took a nice whitetail doe, her first deer! 
She now has that elusive first deer under her belt and is already talking about hunting for a buck in December.  She commented on how enjoyable it was during the nicer weather.
Steve Evers
Wildlife Creations


It was a good opening weekend in the field for me and my hunting partner to do our part for deer management with our centerfire rifles during Nebraska’s special October Antlerless Deer Hunting Season targeting whitetail does. Did you participate in this season? How’d you do? Give us an update if you feel inclined. For us, despite crops still standing in the field, deer movement was good, better than expected, actually. I shot the two young whitetail does pictured below during the late afternoon session yesterday, October 3rd on a relative’s farm next door to ours in Sarpy County. The does come out of big, broad area of timber onto a grassy pasture and were making their way to  adjacent unharvested soy bean fields.

My hunting partner Andre also had success and shot this adult whitetail doe yesterday morning, October 3rd with his rifle. He took this nice doe along a well-used deer trail in woods leading to a core bedding area for the whitetails.

Get specific information for yourself and your hunting partner(s) on the October Antlerless Deer Hunting Season (which continues through October 11th in more than half of the state) by reading over a copy of the 2010 Big Game Guide. It’s accessible by clicking here:

Take care, might see you in the office. Well, probably not. I’ll be heading back to the deer blind soon to harvest more antlerless whitetails. I hunt from a unique deer hunting blind, more on that in the coming days … Stay tuned!!!


 My good friend and avid outdoorsman David Hendee, Outdoor Writer for the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, put together his annual hunting special in today’s edition (Sunday, September 19th edition) of the paper in the sports section. Nicely done, David! Buy a copy at your local newsstand (I’m old-school, I like to have a cup of coffee and read the paper in-hand). 


Of course, you can also view the series of articles that David wrote here at this link, including his byline:    

Here David Hendee and I prepare to judge a wild game cooking competition.

  See you out there, or perhaps at your local coffee shop, reading the paper.


This morning was quite productive for old Greggy Wagner with his trusted Remington shotgun. I shot two nice, big tom turkeys in Washington County, with one shot (intentionally), on my first journey into the hills and woods, woo-hoo! Here’s a quick pic.


I saw sooo many birds. Time to buy another permit and get back out there. Are you turkey hunting this fall? You should be! Bird numbers appear to be at record high levels! Maybe you could combine a turkey hunt with another hunt (deer, upland game, waterfowl, etc.)  Because, the chances of seeing turkeys in a variety of habitats is great! Click here for info on the 2010 fall wild turkey season in Nebraska:

These truly are the best of times for wild turkey hunting in Nebraska, aren’t they? Here’s where you and I go to purchase a fall wild turkey hunting permit online:

See you out there!


Come join Conservation Officer Mike Luben of Colon, NE and myself at a fun-filled deer event on Oct. 2nd in Wahoo. See the post card below. This event is well attended by deer hunters and landowners. Thanks Charlie for inviting us! See you all there and bring your appetites!  

BANDS AND WINGS by Greg Wagner

A mourning dove being banded.

Nebraska’s dove hunting season opener is fast approaching! It is this Wednesday, September 1st. At Game and Parks, we want to remind you 14,000 dove hunters who harvest some 320,000 doves during the season annually, that you are the critical link in assuring the success of dove banding studies. By reporting any banded doves harvested, you add valuable information which will help us manage this important migratory bird resource.  

Note the leg band.

If you harvest a banded dove, please call 1-800-327-BAND (1-800-327-2263) to report the band number. Bands can also be reported by accessing the U.S. Geological Survey Bird Banding Laboratory web site at You can keep the bands and will be provided a certificate identifying the age and sex of the bird, as well as the date and location the bird was banded.  

Some of you who hunt doves will be asked to provide us with some dove wings. This is also very important.    


Wings from harvested doves can be used to determine the age ratio of doves in the fall population. This ratio, expressed as the number of juveniles per adult, allows biologists to determine an index to recruitment, or breeding season success, of doves. A high level of recruitment is necessary for mourning doves to maintain stable populations.  

We thank you for helping the dove resource by furnishing band info and, if requested, wings from doves you harvest. Enjoy your dove hunt! Shells, yes shells, bring lots of shells. 


See you out there!


I’ve been working with some folks on the promotion of the National Pheasant Fest event that is coming back to Omaha’s Qwest Center, January 28-30, 2011. Hunters, pheasant lovers, landowners, resource professionals and others – mark your calendars NOW! Remember what fun we had when Pheasant Fest was held here in January of 2005? Boy, I sure do! The event was held at the Qwest Center and included 325 exhibitor booths. This event had a $2.5 million impact on the city of Omaha! Time to prepare and get pumped up for the return of this big shindig in January!

For those of you asking: What exactly is Pheasant Fest? Well, Pheasant Fest is a spectacular trade show that will focus on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting, dog training, and wildlife habitat management and restoration.

In connection with the trade show, Pheasants Forever will hold seminars on habitat improvement, pheasant hunting, shooting sports, wild game cooking, dog training, conservation and lots more! Here’s a link to click to get more information:

Hunting dogs are a big part of the National Pheasant Fest.

See you there, at the Qwest Center, January 28-30, 2011. Oh and shhh … Nobody tell my wife, I’ll be talking to the hunting dog experts about buying a new pup ….