In the Wild with 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 

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!



I’ll be broadcasting my crazy, zany, outdoor information-filled Great Outdoor Radio Show on Omaha’s ESPN Radio 1620 AM from Mahoney State Park near Ashland this Saturday morning. I’ll be in the Kiewit Lodge from 9-10 a.m. during the park’s annual fall art show and rib-fest event. Stop by!


If you can’t make it to the park for the broadcast, you can listen online, at:

You’ll wanna come by though, and see what hats I’ll be wearing, ha!

Here’s a link for some brief info on the art show and rib-fest:

See you out there, broadcasting at the park!


Don’t miss my conversation with hunting business entrepeneur Jim Druliner of Omaha, NE with his unique SilloSocks waterfowl and bird decoys

on my Great Outdoor Radio Show.

My hour-long outdoor talk radio program, which has been on the air nearly 12 years, is broadcast LIVE each and every Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CDT on Omaha’s ESPN Radio/KOZN – 1620 AM “the zone” and online at Check out the video I uploaded from Jim’s Sillosocks website for a preview of the show content for Saturday:

See you out there, hangin’ out with Jim and his SilloSocks decoys during the various waterfowl hunting seasons. Get ready … Take ’em!


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!


 Be sure to listen to The Great Outdoor Radio Show airing on Omaha’s ESPN Radio – KOZN/1620 AM and online at  Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CDT when the King of the Ring-necks and the “Bobs” (that’s what I call him at least) Pete Berthelsen of Nebraska Pheasants and Quail Forever joins us. Pete is a certified wildlife biologist, a farmer/landowner, an avid bird hunter and the Senior Field Coordinator for these two wonderful, award-winning conservation organizations. You will find him ultra informative! 

Meet Pete Berthelsen.

Here are some of the potential topics Pete and I plan to cover. 

– Pheasant Fest January 2011 in Omaha. 

– Spring weather and pheasant/quail production. 

– Upcoming general CRP sign up. 

– What habitat management efforts can be handled at this time of the year. 

– Unique habitat efforts of PF and QF in Nebraska. 


– Grassland Improvement Program. 

– Prescribed Burning – Associations and Mobile Prescribed Burn Units. 

– Corners For Wildlife program. 

– Platte-Republican and Central Basins CREP programs. 

– Focus On Pheasants. 

– Habitat Share partnership. 

– Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist partnership – now up to 10 of them, growing towards 30+.  One stop shopping for conservation programs. 

– Reload Nebraska program update. 

– Highlights of the Nebraska Pheasants and Quail Forever website, at: 

Do you have an upland game bird question for Pete? Then don’t hesitate to call in and ask it at either of these phone numbers, which are: Locally 951-1620 or Toll-Free Nationwide 1-877-951-1620. 

See you on the radio Saturday morning with the King of the Ring-necks and the “Bobs!” 


 Don’t miss the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s popular fisheries spokesman Daryl Bauer along with well-known Omaha Scheels Store Fishing Manager Patrick Hoesing when they join me this Saturday morning on the Great Outdoor Radio Show. The program airs on Omaha’s ESPN Radio/1620 AM and online at from 9-10 a.m. CDT. 

Call in, ask questions, offer comments and join the fishing discussion at these numbers: Locally 951-1620 or Toll-Free Nationwide 1-877-951-1620. 

Here's Daryl Bauer.

Patrick Hoesing and I on a prior broadcast at Scheels in Omaha.

 See you out there, on the radio! 


Recently, I had the privilege and pleasure of sitting down and talking spring wild turkey hunting on my radio show with whom I consider to be “The Grand Master” of Nebraska turkey hunting – my good friend, veteran woodsman and sage Dick Turpin of Lincoln, NE.

Dick has been hunting tom turkeys annually in the spring since the first seasons were held in Nebraska in the early-mid 1960’s! His passion and respect for the North America’s largest game bird remains strong and steadfast, especially, he says, in this Golden Age of turkey hunting in the Cornhusker State with all the birds we have!


So, you see, Turpin really knows these turkeys (I’ve always told him that it takes a turkey to know a turkey, ha). A self-proclaimed “professional tinkerer” Dick makes and sells homemade, handcrafted, walnut turkey box calls . They are really cool, they really work (I’ve bagged several gobblers with mine) and he personalizes them as well. Here’s what one looks like.

Get more information about the unique calls he constructs at

Here’s what Turpin says about calling turkeys in the springtime on his website: 

“Any turkey that has been alarmed will go silent. You spook a bird and it will likely “putt” very loudly and then just shut up. Other than the alarm call (or putt), any sound a turkey makes is an assurance to birds who hear it that everything is normal. 

Yelps, purrs, cackles, cutting, clucks and gobbles are made by birds that are comfortable. When a tom hears one of these sounds, he is assured that all is well in his woods. Since turkeys make all kinds of sounds, other than the aforementioned putt, almost any sound from a friction call will entice an aroused tom. 

Being an “expert ” caller, in my opinion is not as important as some would make it out to be. Patience, knowing your hunting area and good camouflage will be every bit as important to a successful hunt.

An aroused tom turkey will not care that you haven’t won a calling contest.”

Turpin, in his folksy, entertaining way, elaborates much more about calling in gobblers and about the various aspects of spring turkey hunting on the radio show interview I had with him. Hear it on The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s ESPN Radio 1620 AM or online, at: 


Turpin’s’ interview is fitting because this Saturday morning, April 17th  is the opening morning for Nebraska’s spring shotgun wild turkey hunting season. When you’re coming in from the field for a brief break give us a listen!

We’ll see out there, enjoying a spring wild turkey hunt thanks to the tips from Turpin!