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!



OCTOBER ANTLERLESS DEER SEASON FEEDBACK by Greg Wagner
 
Received just moments ago … Sharing the feedback with all of you … Keep the reports comin’ … Congratulations Jill!!! … GW.
 
Greg,
 
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


OCTOBER ANTLERLESS DEER SEASON UPDATE by Greg Wagner

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: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/biggame/pdfs/biggame.pdft

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!!!



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!


PREPARING TO DO(E) MY PART, HOW ABOUT YOU? by Greg Wagner

I just purchased my resident $11.00 October Antlerless Deer Hunting Season Permit to harvest two antlerless whitetail deer with any legal weapon in the open management unit from Oct. 2-11. What a bargain!

Are you a deer hunter? Look at the map below, do you have any land within the management unit boundaries where you deer hunt?

Why not take advantage of this early season opportunity to do(e) your part for the landowner, the motorist, the wildlife manager and more so, for the overall health of the whitetail herds in these respective areas.

Remember, you can actually buy as many of these October Antlerless Deer Hunting Season Permits as you want!  In case you’re wondering, the nonresident price for the October permit is $55 (still a bargain). Here’s where you go to purchase your permit (and current habitat stamp if you don’t have one already):   https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome

Don’t forget your blaze orange cap and vest in the field. See you out there, do(e)ing your part!



EXCITING NEWS FOR NEBRASKA DEER HUNTERS/LANDOWNERS by Greg Wagner

Exciting news and a ‘must read’  note for you Nebraska deer hunters and landowners from my good friend and conservation compatriot Kit Hams, Big Game Program Manager for the Wildlife Division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln … Great job,  Kit and wildlife staffers! …  Read on …

Everybody:

The antlerless deer hunter program is running now. People are signing up. You can get to the site by going here:  http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/antlerless/AntlerlessForms/Default.aspx
The information on the home page should be useful as should the FAQ page.
Bottom line, we are very excited about the possibility of increasing hunter access to land where landowners need more antlerless deer hunters. We hear from many hunters who have difficulty finding land to hunt. We also hear from Landowners that hunters only want to shoot bucks or that they don’t feel comfortable in telling hunters to shoot does. This program has the potential to address both problems with a mutually beneficial solution by helping the landowner find antlerless hunters.
In short, Hunters sign up online and provide the following information: Name, address, phone number, email, counties and months in which they are willing to hunt and weapon types they would like to use.
Landowners search the data base by county and make contact with the hunter. The landowner will only see the hunter’s first name, contact information and hunting preferences (county, month, weapon).
We hope that many hunters and landowners take advantage of the program. With 136 days of deer seasons,  250,000 permits and bonus tags that allow antlerless deer harvest, we have more than enough days and permits to control deer herds. This is one more tool to help.
Kit Hams
Big Game Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
402-471-5442
Kit.Hams@nebraska.gov
See you out there, working with landowners and targeting antlerless whitetails again this fall! GW.



HUNTER/LANDOWNER RELATIONSHIPS: HOW SWEET IT IS! by Greg Wagner

One of the awesome things about hunting is developing a close relationship with the landowner and his or her family. In my case, besides being able to deer hunt on their land, sweet corn is but yet another sweet reward from my own eastern Nebraska landowner friends who have become like family to me and my own family.

In fact,  the landowner and his family even helped me pick a pickup load of sweet corn to take home.

“Take all the sweet corn you want, Greg, but come shoot some whitetail does on my property during the muzzleloader and late firearm deer hunting seasons,”  remarks Les the landowner. “That’s all I ask.” I can handle that, Les. And, thanks for letting me sample your tasty sweet corn in the field fresh from the husk.

 

See you out there, getting to know and appreciate the Nebraska farmer or rancher and his or her family as well as the neighbors and their kids – the ‘Children of the Corn’!