In the Wild with Greg Wagner


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!



HAVE TOO MANY DEER ON YOUR LAND? by Greg Wagner

Nebraska farmers and ranchers who have too many deer on their land are being encouraged to participate in the new Antlerless Deer Hunter Program.  Landowners can simply pull up the county, print the hunters willing to take antlerless deer, examine the list and make some contacts. Farmers and ranchers click the direct link (below the pic) to this exciting new program on our Game and Parks Commission website: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/antlerless/AntlerlessForms/Default.aspx

 See you out there, urging fellow landowners in Nebraska to take advantage of this innovative program that connects them with deer hunters willing to harvest antlerless whitetail deer!



FUN DEER EVENT WITH DOUBLE TROUBLE by Greg Wagner

Come join Conservation Officer Mike Luben of Colon, NE and myself at a fun-filled deer event on Oct. 2nd in Wahoo. See the post card below. This event is well attended by deer hunters and landowners. Thanks Charlie for inviting us! See you all there and bring your appetites!  



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’!