In the Wild with 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:

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.


 I’ve always said that I greatly appreciate media folks who get out and hunt and fish in Nebraska. I am continually promoting and fostering those outdoor activities and others within the ranks of the press corp in the Omaha-metro.   



That means I greatly appreciate longtime area meteorologist and broadcaster Jim Flowers of Omaha, NE! Jim is the Chief Meteorologist at Omaha’s NBC affiliate which is WOWT-TV/Channel 6.  He can also be heard on Omaha’s news radio station 1110 AM/KFAB. Jim is married to Barb, with two boys, Brian and Patrick, and for relaxation enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, and of course, the weather. 

As you can see, Jim is very passionate about his hunting and fishing endeavors.  

Jim with a Master Angler channel catfish caught and released from the Summit Lake SRA near Tekamah, NE.

Jim Flowers with one of the many nice largemouth bass he has caught and released at the Louisville Lakes SRA near Louisville, NE.

In fact, he blogs about his outdoor adventures frequently on the station’s website (  

Look closely, a pic of whitetail buck he took from his deer stand in eastern Nebraska last year.

Beautiful Nebraska whitetail buck Jim!

Rooster pheasants are among the upland game birds Jim likes to pursue with his canine buddy.

Click here for the latest blog entry regarding his outdoor experiences in the Cornhusker State:  

See you out there, greatly appreciating a member of the Omaha media who thoroughly understands, enjoys and relishes time spent outdoors! Now, about that weather forecast for tomorrow, Jim …  


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 @

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!


I hope to see you at the big, annual Waterfowl and Dog Expo happening next weekend of August 14th and 15th at the Scheels Store in Omaha’s Village Pointe Shopping Center. Click the link below to get all the details about what’s on the slate for this fun, family oriented event:

My Great Outdoor Radio Show on Omaha’s ESPN Radio/1620 AM ( will be airing live near the front entrance of Scheels from 9-10 a.m. Saturday morning.

On Sunday, I’ll be part of a judging crew for a wild game cook off with competition among the professional chefs from those nice restaurants in Village Pointe. Mmmm, can’t wait for that! You know I like to eat, especially wild game!

See you out there!


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’!

GROUND BLINDS ARE GRRREAT! by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
September 24, 2009, 2:59 pm
Filed under: Hunting | Tags: , , ,

greg blind My wife – Polly says that I have too many of ‘em, I say: “NO!” I don’t have enough of ‘em! What am I talking about? Those grrreat ground blinds, that’s what!

 If you’re a hunter, and you haven’t purchased one or more of these super-cool portable, camouflaged ground blinds, then after reading this, you’re gonna wanna purchase one (or more).  

 Called pop-up blinds by many, these blinds are very multi-purpose. They’re awesome to use for big game hunting, most notably with beginners or those who have disabilities. They’re awesome for kids to put up in a basement or play room and use as a fort – opposite the hunting seasons, of course. They’re awesome to use as wildlife viewing blinds and nature photography blinds. They’re awesome to use as temporary ice fishing shelters. They’re awesome to use even as outdoor survival shelters!

So, you’re asking: What do these portable ground blinds offer the hunter? They offer mobility/versatility, a lightweight, compact piece of gear to carry, quick set up, easy access to enter, concealment from game, protection from inclement weather, wiggle room, an excellent vantage point to shoot video of a hunt, and a chance to bring everything from snacks to gizmos with you in the woods.

 There are literally hundreds of various types of portable, camouflaged ground blinds on the market today ranging in price from about $75 upwards to around $600. Really, any model can work well if you hunt right and hide it properly. With regard to the blind’s camo pattern, I’d recommend trying to choose one that comes close to matching the terrain you plan to hunt, but don’t overly get wrapped up in the selection process. For most Nebraska hunting, I pretty much prefer anything “woodsy” or hardwoods-like. In the field, make it a point to tuck the blind in a brushy fencerow, an old shelterbelt, or a tree line bordering a crop or grassy field. Another thing I like to do is to place some tree limbs or branches, or perhaps some cedar boughs, around my blind to additionally make it blend in to the surroundings.

 Safety is important with ground blinds, too, particularly during any firearm deer hunting season. So, before actually engaging in a firearm deer hunt, I’d tell you to tie some strands of blaze orange tape or secure a blaze orange cap to the top of your blind in order to be seen by other hunters and to let other hunters know that the blind is being used and/or is occupied. Oh, and don’t forget the inexpensive folding chairs or small stools that’ll need to be toted on your hunt. A monopod or shooting sticks should be packed for a solid gun rest.  

 Now listen, I want you to strongly consider acquiring a portable, camouflaged ground blind if you haven’t done so already. The blind provides you with one of the best seats in the house when it comes to big game hunting and viewing nature. I just have to convince my wife that I need another one in my collection – only one more … for elk hunting, yeah, elk hunting!