In the Wild with Greg Wagner

Received just moments ago … Sharing the feedback with all of you … Keep the reports comin’ … Congratulations Jill!!! … GW.
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


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!!!


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):

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

FINDING DOES IN THE LATE SEASON by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
December 29, 2009, 3:30 pm
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All photos courtesy of Katie Stacey of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Nebraska’s Late Firearm Deer Hunting Season targeting antlerless whitetail deer in the Season Choice Area-Numbered Units opens on Friday morning, New Year’s Day and continues through January 15. And, if you’re wondering where to find those whitetail doe groups with the deep snow cover and cold temperatures, here are some of my suggestions, being a longtime late  season deer hunter.

– THE FRONTS. Weather fronts, and particularly weather-makers, seem to really affect deer movement in the late firearm season. Deer will feed heavily a couple days prior to the arrival of a cold front and then for a couple days after one.

– THE LATE AFTERNOONS. The early morning hours around sunrise can be downright frigid this time of year, and deer know if they wait the temps will warm up. Deer also realize that they can conserve body heat by waiting to move to feeding areas late in the day. Hunt those late afternoon hours to the end of legal shooting time (30-minutes after sunset)!

– FOOD. Deer need lots of high-energy foods, everything from corn to acorns, this time of year to maintain body heat. So, find a food source the deer are consistently using and the trails leading to these major food sources. Position yourself accordingly in a treestand or ground blind for a good, safe shot.

– SOUTH SLOPES. If you’re hunting bedding areas, check the south-facing slopes or any areas facing South. These areas tend to be warmer as they are sun-exposed and offer protection from cold, bitter north winds. Whitetail doe groups tend to prefer these types of areas in winter.

– THEIR BEDS. From my field experiences, whitetails periodically leave their beds during the day to stretch their legs, urinate, groom and perhaps browse. I make it my business to locate these secluded bedding areas as well as the main trails leading to and from them.

I hope these suggestions aid you (as they have me) in harvesting a whitetail doe or two for the freezer in the late firearm season.

Good hunting, see you out there!