In the Wild with Greg Wagner


THE SPOOKTACULAR BLIND by Greg Wagner

I wanted to share with you the blind where I’m hunting whitetail does with my rifle during this early October Antlerless Deer Hunting Season in southeastern Nebraska. My cousin’s husband, Mark B. who oversees/manages my uncle’s farm – is a fantastic artist (and hunter), check out what I refer to as the “spooktacular” blind with its Halloween motif, ya’ gotta love it! Deer hunting is all about having fun, isn’t it?

Here’s the view from the blind where deer emerge from the timber in late afternoon.

Look closely, see the whitetail doe laying on the ground? The spooktacular blind produces results!

Deer hunting is also about experiencing Nebraska’s brilliant autumn sunsets. I’m seated in the blind looking out another window right about sunset.  

I’ll see my friends and relatives out there, and you maybe at the gas station, in my big game hunting blaze orange costume headed to the spooktacular blind, boo!



SPECTACULAR STORM PHOTOS by Greg Wagner

I just had to share these spectacular storm photos provided by my friend Farmer Jack in Johnson County with all of you. These photos were shot on Father’s Day from his farm northeast of Elk Creek, NE. Farmer Jack tells me that these are looking west out over Elk Creek. The Nebraska outdoor scene is very much about experiencing dynamic weather-related events (safely, I might add). I always appreciate the wide-open sky here in the Cornhusker State, how about you? Enjoy the photos and thanks much Farmer Jack! See you out there, always toting a camera on your outdoor adventures!



OMAHA WORLD-HERALD’S HUNTING SPECIAL by Greg Wagner

 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: http://omaha.com/section/sports07    

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.



HEY, OUTDOORS-WOMAN EVENT HAS OPENINGS! by Greg Wagner

   

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! 

A fly fishing session at the event.

Click the link below to get all the details:  

http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/Education/programs/bow/pdf/halsey/BOW_at_HALSEY_2010.pdf  

Might see you out there! Have fun ladies and enjoy the scenery!  

The Nebraska 4-H Camp near Halsey.



A DAY AT THE MISSOURI RIVER OUTDOOR EXPO by Greg Wagner

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:

http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/Parks/poncaexpo/About_Missouri_expo.asp



SEE ROTARY DOVE DECOYS ATTRACT BIRD OF PREY by Greg Wagner

Here’s some really neat video taken this morning on the dove hunting season opener here in eastern Nebraska. In the video, you’ll see what appears to be a bird of prey pursuing rotary dove decoys. This is from my good friend Jim Druliner of SilloSocks decoys @ www.sillosocks.com

Remember, on a hunt bagging game is secondary, its stuff like this in nature that makes the memories priceless. Thanks for supplying the video, Jim. Hey, let’s go dove hunting this weekend, To heck with the doves, I’ll be toting my camera! See you out there, buddy!



SILLOSOCKS FEATURED ON GREAT OUTDOOR RADIO SHOW by Greg Wagner

Don’t miss my conversation with hunting business entrepeneur Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE with his unique SilloSocks waterfowl and bird decoys

on my Great Outdoor Radio Show.

My hour-long outdoor talk radio program, which has been on the air nearly 12 years, is broadcast LIVE each and every Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CDT on Omaha’s ESPN Radio/KOZN – 1620 AM “the zone” and online at www.1620thezone.com Check out the video I uploaded from Jim’s Sillosocks website www.sillosocks.com for a preview of the show content for Saturday:

See you out there, hangin’ out with Jim and his SilloSocks decoys during the various waterfowl hunting seasons. Get ready … Take ’em!