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Where You Been?

I would  like to say that ever since the hunting seasons opened,  Hershy and I have been in the field but that just wouldn’t be completely true.  Sure we have had a few outings to the field (most recent was a grouse hunt while out west) but most of our September – October to  date has been working.   One such effort was our new Family Outdoor Adventure Camp. 

This new program found us at Camp Kateri with around 45 participants for a weekend of kayaking, fishing, camping and shooting sports.  We hosted the program to get more families to take the outdoor plunge and become outdoor families.  We had a great time and I think the families learned a lot.  It is really rewarding to watch kids shoot their first gun, bow or catch their first fish.  Getting Mom and Dad to participate is definitely a step toward making good stewards of our natural  resources!  We are definitely planning to  host this one again. 

Are they enjoying the outdoors or what?

Water mayhem?

The families really enjoyed learning how to shoot clays and many were interested in doing this more a family!

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Family Outdoor Adventure Camp

Hershy and I will be hosting a family outdoor adventure camp for families in eastern Nebraska September 25-26 in cooperation with Camp Kateri just south of York, NE.  The camp will allow families to participate in fun outdoor programs including fishing, kayaking, shotgunning, archery, air guns, camping and outdoor cooking.  Families of up to six are just $99 and we have room for two more families in the camp.  To register just follow the link below and send in the form with your hard earned cash.  I guarantee you will enjoy the weekend!

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo

Folks if you have made the short drive to Ponca State Park in northeast Nebraska for the Fall Expo you really owe it to yourself and family to get up there.  The largest Expo in Nebraska (and maybe the midwest) Ponca has something for everyone…from shooting rifle, shotgun,  muzzleloaders, archery, big game rifles, kayaking, Missouri River boat rides, fishing, bow fishing, camping, tree stand safety, outdoor villages, crafts, games, wildlife activities…you just can’t go wrong this weekend at Ponca. 

Jeff Fields and the team at Ponca have done an outstanding job, along with all the volunteers that make this huge program such a success.  And of course, just visiting Ponca State Park in the fall is a treat in itself.  The attitude amongst all the staff and volunteers just seems to foster a fun and exciting time for all who are fortunate enough to participate in this grand event.  Don’t miss out!  The Expo will run Saturday through Sunday this weekend only.  We’ll see you out there!

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Shooting is a big part of the Ponca Expo and is a lot of fun for anyone!

Fishing the Easy Way

dock sunrise
…spent a little time away from the office this past week – doing a little walleye and pike fishing north of here…thought I would share some of the pics of the event as it was a wonderful week of family, friends and just plain old getting away from the regular – there was no TV, computer, cell phone or even newspaper where we went…

Little Bro - Good Pike

…the weather is starting to change there, too – the crisp mornings were bringing the very beginnings of the fall colors to the trees…even with near triple digit temps here, we really aren’t too far away from that special time of year once again…

Wyatt, Walleye & Me

…there were plenty of fish caught – both large and small – but the best part was getting outdoors with good people and enjoying the bounties of nature…

Fat Fish


Family Fishing on the 4th of July

I absolutely love Independence Day!   Each year, I assist my neighbors in putting together a fishing program for young kids and families.  This year was no exception and the kids had a great time.  What is it about fishing that kids love so much?  I think mom’s learned  a great deal too.  Kids love catching fish and bluegill are the species they can catch all day by the bucket!  Some pulled out of the lake were huge!  I wonder if these kids give lessons?

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These families were having fun!

What are moms for?

Now that is a smile!

Got one!


Carp-O-Rama Brings Out Families

Sorry it took me so long to get this out.  We absolutely had a blast with all of you on Saturday at Pawnee Lake for the Carp-O-Rama program.  Lots of fish were caught by kids, anglers, die hards, and even more fun was had by all!  I really enjoyed teaching folks how to clean carp and I bet we easily cleaned over 60 fish?  I think the largest was around 13 lbs!  Soon we will post a video developed at the program on how to clean carp.  For those of  you that ate a helping or two of carp…I bet you were not disappointed! 

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A great family event!


Larry "the carp" Pape handing out prizes to the kids - thanks to all the donors!


Did I mention they caught a lot of carp?

Summer Outdoor Safety Tips

With summer on top of us and the high temps baking this short fat guy (did I mention I melt above 70 degrees?), it is a good time to keep some safety tips in mind while enjoy the great outdoors in Nebraska.

The sun – personally I am not a huge fan of sunshine.  This recent bout of cloudy rainy weather works for me.  But since most of us must work in the sun…use some common sense for your skin.  The sun is a great source of Vitamin D but too much of  a good thing can be dangerous.  For long periods of exposure (several hours daily) I like a SPF of 30 or more for total sun block.  Lower levels such as 15 will still allow a burn but it just takes longer.

Mosquitoes – these things have a purpose I am sure but I hate em’!  With recent issues with diseases from these critters, it is more important than ever to protect yourself from their pesky bites.  For sprays – it is hard to beat good old deet.  I know it is not the best thing for your skin but most of us don’t wear it enough to be a huge issue.  At 30% it really begins to shake off mosquitoes.  The heavier rates of 40% or more work great in heavy mosquito areas but I like to spray the heavier rates on my clothes and leave the lighter rates on my skin.  There are a lot of “softer” compounds out there but I have found nothing to work as well as deet which is found in Outdoorsman’s Off, Deep Woods Off,  Cutters and other blends.  Also, I am a firm believer in the Thermacell units.  They work without th mess of sprays and the dangers they bring!

Ticks & Chiggers – see mosquitoes – the same sprays work with deet being great for ticks.  I start by spraying my calves and socks.  I then pull my pant leg down and spray my pants.  This has reduced 95% of my tick bites.  For travel in heavy infested (such as when turkey hunting or hiking in fields) I also spray my torso, arms, neck, hair, hat, etc.  I try to avoid spraying my face unless necessary. 

Dehydration – Over 75% of our body is water!  Lose too much of it without replenishing and your in trouble.  Signs of dehydration include excessive sweating or lack of sweating when you should be, dry mouth, headache, weakness, nausea, dizzy…about like you feel when you wake up each morning :)!  Drink lots of fluids when working outdoors in the heat.  Sport drinks are absolutely awesome in replenishing electrolytes you lose through sweat.   Once you start feeling symptoms, unless you enjoy heat stroke, you need to get the person (or yourself) in the shade, cooled off, hydrated, etc.  If you find your friend is not sweating, refusing water, etc. these are warning bells that you need to act on!

Navigation – Hard to believe you could get lost in Nebraska but it happens every year.  I am a true believe of GPS systems but I also think outdoorsmen and women should learn to use a compass.  I bet even your cell phone has this application (along with GPS) that will keep you a well known dot on the map throughout your travels.  For GPS make sure you have extra batteries and still make sure you use your compass in the tall and uncut such as the Pine Ridge country.  Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

SnakesNebraska has four kinds of poisonous snakes — the prairie rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, western massasauga (a small rattlesnake), and copperhead. The prairie rattlesnake is found in the western two-thirds of Nebraska and the other three in the southeastern corner.  A good walking stick is hard to beat for this application (previous blog)!  Key ID characteristics of poisonous snakes include:

1. Blotched marks – generally any snake with lengthwise lines are non-poisonous

2. Triangular shaped head

3. Rattle – keep in mind the non-poisonous bull snake can do a good job of mimicking a rattler by curling up and rattling its tail.

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Sasquatch – Really hard to avoid this critter.  If he finds you the best thing to do is lie in the fetal position and sing the Love Boat theme song.  Actually, “I’m a Little Tea Cup” with animation has shown some degree of effectiveness.  Knowing how to avoid bigfoot is the best idea all together.  Look for key sign such as a big hairy ape or large man like tracks size 20 or larger?

Just use some common sense and you will enjoy the outdoors each outing.  In my opinion there is more danger going to a movie than a camping trip!  Did I mention Sasquatch?

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