In the Wild with Greg Wagner


Blog Upgrade and Migration by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
October 12, 2010, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The Nebraska Game and Parks blogs will be migrating to a new and improved platform. We know our subscribers will enjoy the new look and enhanced functionality. All of our blogs will be moved into one great online news magazine called NEBRASKAlandmagazine.com. In order to make this transition, we need to delay our posts and your comments for a few days. We will not be posting articles or able to post your comments between Oct. 13-20. You can still access all of our blogs from their respective blog names or you can simply bookmark NEBRASKAlandmagazine.com and find them there. We value your blog comments and appreciate your holding any comments until our new site is live. Thanks for your patience. We’ll be back in touch in about a week.

See you out there….

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ASK THE CONSERVATION OFFICER by Greg Wagner

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 :

Locally 951-1620

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!



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!



Heading to the Gavins Point Dam Area? by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

A message and pics for those heading to the Gavins Point Dam Area in northeast Nebraska from my good friend Rich McShane of Omaha, NE who is with the Nebraska Walleye Association … 

These pictures were taken by me at 5:00pm on Saturday Oct 2nd below Gavins Point Dam at Yankton.  They show opening paddlefish snagging weekend anglers and how the opening of all 14 of the gates on the dam affects fishing downstream.  I believe the gates had not been opened since 1998 until being done so earlier this year. The area manager told me they are scheduled to remain open through November.  Unbelievable amount of water. I was up there for a walleye tournament and go back Oct 15-16 for paddlefish.
Rich   

Thanks a million Rich, appreciate the message and the photos! Let us know how you do with your paddlefish snagging, will ya’?  Never know, might see you up that way. Take care, be safe and wear your life jacket! GW.



MUST-TRY, HEALTHY, TASTY GROUND VENISON BURGER RECIPE by Greg Wagner

This is a must-try, healthy, tasty recipe for those of you who have or will have ground venison in the frig or freezer this fall or winter. It’s actually a healthy twist on an older recipe in my file. Even non-hunters and non-wild game meat eaters visiting the Wagner abode have thoroughly enjoyed this recipe! It serves eight people. Bon appetite! See you out there, grill-side! By the way, if you would like to receive or donate some venison, don’t forget about our Nebraska Deer Exchange Program here: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs/deerexchange/

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free, plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 8 whole wheat or multi-grain hamburger buns, split
  • 8 slices reduced-fat or low-fat Pepper Jack cheese

Recipe Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, mustard and lime peel; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a bowl, combine the onions, yogurt, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties. Grill until meat is no longer pink. Serve on buns; top with cheese and mayonnaise mixture … Mmmm!


NEBRASKA CROP HARVEST INFO by Greg Wagner

    

The corn harvest underway on a farm in Hamilton County about 20 miles south of Aurora, NE. Photo courtesy of Steven Larson.

 The crop harvest is underway, yesssss! Fellow outdoorsmen/women, you can go to these valid websites to obtain the latest info on how the 2010 crop harvest is progressing here in the Cornhusker State.    

http://cropwatch.unl.edu/web/cropwatch/archive?articleID=4288672   

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Nebraska/index.asp   

If you are aware of any other reputable websites for crop harvest info, please share them with us by leaving a comment. That would be most appreciated! We all know that standing crops in the field can really impact our hunting, whether we’re after rooster pheasants or whitetail deer. I encourage you to stay on top of the current data with regard to the state’s crop harvest. Of course, there’s no better way to get that sort of info than from your local landowner. If you plan to do some hunting on his or her ground, offer to help with the harvest in some fashion. Also, if you have a hunt planned during the harvest, make certain to find out what fields the landowner will be combining so everybody stays safe, nobody interferes with the harvest and where game might be located.    

Combining corn at low light in Hamilton County. Photo by Steven Larson.

  Hope to see you out there, helping the Nebraska farmer with the harvest if you’re hunting his or her land!  

Assisting with the crop harvest in Hamilton County. Photo by Steven Larson.

 



NOTICE TO ALL CARTER LAKE USERS by Greg Wagner

Carter Lake in northeast Omaha.

Just additionally getting the word out to you – the Carter Lake user – about what’s gonna be happening at the 3-mile long, 320-acre oxbow lake in northeast Omaha beginnng this Monday, Sept. 27th. If you haven’t seen it, here is the recent Game and Parks news release issued about it.

Rotenone Fish Renovation Scheduled for Carter Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – Carter Lake will be closed to the public Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will renovate the Douglas County fishery as part of the lake restoration project. Common carp, bullhead and other non-game fish have been adversely affecting water quality in the lake.

Staff from both states will apply rotenone to the lake and surrounding small ponds to remove rough fish. Boat ramps in Omaha and the city of Carter Lake will be closed during the week. Crews from both states will collect dead fish for disposal.

Homeowners are encouraged to have boats on lifts or remove them from the water so the rotenone application and fish clean-up will be easier. Fish found near docks should be pushed toward open water, and fish should not be consumed by humans following rotenone application.

The lake is scheduled to be restocked in October with largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill. The lake has no length restrictions or bag limits, but new regulations will go into effect next year.

Keeping you in the loop. Take care! GW.