Filed under: conservation officers, Nebraska conservation officers, Nebraska hunting information, outdoor education, outdoor information, Outdoor Radio & TV Programs, outdoor radio talk show, outdoor recreation, Uncategorized | Tags: Ask the Conservation Officer, conservation officers, Greg Wagner, Greg Wagner's radio show, Jeff Clauson, Nebraska conservation officers, Nebraska hunting information, Nebraska outdoor information, Nebraska outdoor laws/regulations, Omaha's ESPN Radio, The Great Outdoor Radio Show
Get your Nebraska outdoor law and regulation questions ready for Conservation Officer Jeff Clauson of Waterloo when he joins me for this Saturday’s Great Outdoor Radio Show airing on Omaha’s ESPN Radio 1620 AM from 9-10 a.m. CDT. The show can also be heard live on www.1620thezone.com
The phone numbers to call where you can ask your questions, are :
Toll-Free, Nationwide 1-877-951-1620
Don’t be bashful. When it comes to outdoor activities, Jeff and I always say this: “There’s no such thing as a dumb question, only dumb mistakes made by not asking that dumb question.” Perhaps you have a question about some of the new deer hunting regulations here in Nebraska.
We look forward to chatting with you on the air!
Filed under: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission programs, outdoor adventures, outdoor education, outdoor information, outdoor recreation, programs, Uncategorized, women in the outdoors | Tags: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Nebraska Becoming an Outdoors-woman, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission programs, outdoor events for women, outdoors women, outdoors-woman events, women in the outdoors
The popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.W.) event coming up on Oct. 1-3 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey has some openings!
This annual B.O.W. gathering offers an opportunity for women to learn about and experience various outdoor activities in an easy-going, hands-on fashion.
The event is filled with camaraderie!
Click the link below to get all the details:
Might see you out there! Have fun ladies and enjoy the scenery!
Filed under: family, Nature activities, Nebraska outdoor events, outdoor adventures, outdoor education, outdoor information, outdoor recreation, Outdoor tips, Special occasion, State Parks, Uncategorized, Youth | Tags: 2010 Missouri River Outdoor Expo, expos, Jeff Fields, Missouri River Outdoor Expo, Nebraska events, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission expos, Nebraska State Park events, Nebraska State Parks, outdoor events, outdoor events for kids & families, outdoor expos, Ponca, Ponca State Park, State Parks
Wait, wait … Nope, it’s not Greg Wagner blogging … It’s Ponca State Park Superintendent Jeff Fields writing about spending a day at the park’s popular Missouri River Outdoor Expo this weekend of Sept. 18th and 19th … Let’s see what he has to say and why we should attend it …
Sometime around the beginning of September an internal clock chimes within the hearts and minds of many happy families, staff, volunteers, etc. – the Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park next to the friendly town of Ponca, NE is almost here again! I’m not sure what exactly triggers this. Maybe it’s the slight hint of crimson in the sumac, the cool crisp evenings, the scenic Missouri River at sunrise or sunset,
or the giant heap of papers, sticky notes, clipboards, coffee cups, and half-eaten food on my desk. Maybe it’s the large piles of signs, tents, food, shotgun shells, clay pigeons, bows, arrows, Dutch ovens… that form a tunnel down our office hallway. Nonetheless, it’s EXPO time!
To those that have never attended the Missouri River Outdoor Expo, let me walk you through a day at the event. Upon arrival (get here early by the way because there is way more than you can do in a day), you’ll be directed to a parking area in the back 40. From this parking lot, a shuttle equipped with genuine bales of hay and a friendly Expo shuttle guide will take you to the site of your first adventure – the Resource and Education Center.
For starters, at the Resource and Education Center you can see jumping dogs, crawling critters, birds being banded, giant elk antlers, slithering snakes, the camper of your dreams, kids catching trout, wood carvers, and a live bald eagle. After grabbing a chili dog, nachos, and two ice cream bars, you’ll catch another shuttle to your next adventure – the Riverfront.
Upon arriving at the Riverfront you’ll be greeted by a potpourri of fragrances including the signature aroma of the Missouri River, wood smoke, funnel cakes, trapping lure, barbecue, fried fish, and mules. The atmosphere of the Riverfront can best be described as a blend of a county fair, a sport show, a rendezvous,
and a family vacation. At the Riverfront, you can paddle a kayak,
climb a rock wall, eat a funnel cake, ride in a flat bottom boat, try your hand casting a fly rod, pack a mule, and get licked by puppy. After grabbing a bag of Kettle Korn, it’s time to head to our next adventure – the Shooter’s Village.
As you sit on the shuttle headed to the Shooter’s Village, you might ask yourself “What is there to do at the Shooter’s Village?” A better answer to this question might be “What can’t I do the Shooter’s Village”. You can shoot a bow and arrow,
a clay pigeon with a shotgun, a metal gong with a muzzleloader, a spinning target with a .22, a paper target with a pellet gun, and tin can with a sling shot. After grabbing a turkey leg and snow cone, unfortunately it’s time to leave.
On the way home the family will be talking about their favorite Expo experiences and making plans for future outdoor adventures. Aside from your excessive food purchases, a cool camouflage Expo cap, and a box of decoys, you’ve pretty much got through the day with your wallet unopened. The total package value of a day at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park – PRICELESS!!! See you out here, at the expo!!! Click this link for more details about Ponca State Park’s fun Missouri River Outdoor Expo:
Filed under: Doves, Hunter Education, hunters, Hunting, Nebraska hunting information, outdoor education, outdoor information, Uncategorized | Tags: banded doves, dove biology, doves, mourning doves, Nebraska dove hunting, Nebraska doves, Nebraska hunting, Nebraska upland game bird hunting, upland game bird hunting, upland game birds, wings of doves
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.
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 www.reportband.gov. 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.
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!
Filed under: Fishing, Litter prevention, outdoor education, programs, recycling, Uncategorized | Tags: clean shorelines, Fishing, fishing line, fishing line recycling, Fishing Line Recycling Program, Litter prevention, monofilament fishing line recycling, Nebraska Fish & Game Association, Nebraska fishing, NEFGA, outdoor education
Birds like the cormorant pictured below often get tangled up in it, look!
However, now a viable option exists where Nebraska anglers can put that balled up mess of monofilament line — in specialized bins to be recycled provided by the fantastic folks – the volunteers – at the nonprofit Nebraska Fish & Game Association (NEFGA) @ www.nefga.org
Here is a link directly to the organization’s Fishing Line Recycling Bin program: http://www.nefga.org/web/recycling_bins.php
Thanks to efforts of the NEFGA and a contribution from Whitehead Oil of Lincoln, the group recently installed bins at one of my favorite honey holes to fish – Memphis Lake State Recreation Area in Saunders County.
If I’m not mistaken, the NEFGA has bins in place on nearly 30 waters here in the Husker State (and counting), WOW!
We can’t thank you enough guys and gals in the NEFGA, for cleaning up our environment, helping wildlife and making the Nebraska outdoor scene an even better place to enjoy!
See you out there, utilizing the recycling bins for old and tattered fishing line!
Filed under: conservation officers, Nebraska conservation officers, outdoor education, outdoor information, Uncategorized | Tags: conservation officer jobs, conservation officer positions, Nebraska conservation officer positions, Nebraska conservation officers, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission jobs, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Law Enforcement
As you may have heard, we have initiated a hiring process to fill four of our current Conservation Officer vacancies.
As is always the case, other agency staff may receive questions regarding the hiring process or may know of individuals who are interested in applying.
To that end and in light of the new requirements for online applications exclusively we ask that you direct anyone who asks about the application process or who might be interested to the website www.statejobs.nebraska.gov under Job Title: Game and Parks Conservation Officer and Job Code: 201000677 for information on the selection process, examples of work, and knowledge, skills and abilities applicable to the positions:
- Select “External Job Opportunities”
- Scroll to bottom of page and enter “Conservation Officer” in the “Key words” search box
- The job listing will be pulled up at the bottom of the next page which can be clicked on to access the position information page on which there is also a link to “Apply”
Thank you for your assistance with the Conservation Officer hiring process…………..
Law Enforcement Division
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Filed under: animals, Insects, outdoor education, outdoor information, Uncategorized, wildlife | Tags: backyard wildlife, cicada killer, cicada killer wasp, Insects, stinging insects, wasps
It’s the time of year for the cicada killer wasp to be very apparent around your yard feeding on cicadas
and burrowing in yards around the Omaha area like the Wagner’s in Dundee.
Curious to know more information about this unique wasp and if it is a threat to us? Then, click here: http://www.masterbeekeeper.org/stinging/sting_pdf/cicadakiller.pdf
Now you know what that wasp-like creature is that’s flying around your yard and what critter made that small depression in the lawn.See you out there. Always learning more about nature, even if it’s in your own backyard!