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 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!!!



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!



SUPER TAG DRAWING AND WINNER by Greg Wagner

My good buddy Ralph Wall of Game and Parks put together this neat piece from the Board of Commissioners meeting today where Governor Dave Heineman drew out the winning entry in the Nebraska Big Game Hunting Super Tag Lottery. Check out the video and see who the lucky hunter is.

Thanks for supporting conservation, super tag applicants! See you out there!



WHEN CAN I BUY MY DEER HUNTING PERMIT? by Greg Wagner

An adult whitetail doe I harvested during the firearm deer season last year.

 Easy answer. Whether you’re a resident or a nonresident, you can start buying your deer hunting permits for the various fall/winter seasons on Monday, June 14th at 1 p.m. Central Time. Click here to begin the online permit purchasing process at that time: https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome 

There are a number of changes to deer hunting in Nebraska this year, make certain you have read through the 2010 Big Game Guide and know those. Here’s the link to it: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/biggame/pdfs/biggame.pdf 

Among the changes this year is the $5.00 youth deer hunting permit for young residents and nonresidents who are 10 through 15 years of age. 

My 12-year old son Noah and I are thrilled about this! Read more here: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/5bucks.asp 

See you out there, taking a young hunter to the field this fall!  

Noah Wagner with his whitetail deer taken during the firearm season last year.



THE NEW SUPER TAG FOR BIG GAME HUNTING by Greg Wagner

Heard about the new super tag for big game hunting? It’s REALLY cool! Here’s the info on it. One will be drawn. I’ll be applying for it, how about you? See the page from the 2010 Big Game Guide below. I have also provided a link to begin the process of making application online (remember to start by clicking Big Game Hunting Permits, then follow the prompts). Keep your toes and fingers crossed for good luck! See you out there!

https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome;jsessionid=0F769AEF2C57CC8743CB429D5A85D9B1



TIME TO THINK “BIG” – BIG GAME THAT IS! by Greg Wagner

It is indeed time to think about big game and big hunting here in Nebraska. Why? Because, the first application period for us Nebraska residents to apply for elk, pronghorn antelope and Republican Firearm and DeSoto December Muzzleloader deer hunting permits is fast approaching! It begins this Monday, April 19th at 1 p.m. CST. Here’s a cover shot of and the link to download the 2010 Nebraska Big Game Hunting Guide informational booklet:

http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/hunting/pdfs/biggame.pdf

You’ll note that there are lots of changes this year for deer hunting and lots of options/incentives to take whitetail does. Check ’em out!

See you out there, taking a break from spring wild turkey hunting to read the big game hunting guide that I’ve downloaded!