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Outdoors-Woman By Choice

Dutch oven favorite session! Don't know what was in the pots but it was sure good!

Peering over the steering wheel of my truck, I could see not just one but several of them as they made their way toward the lodge.  They looked determined to accomplish and in remarkably good spirit.  There must have been nearly 100 of them.  They were all demanding the same thing…acceptance into a male dominated sport!  I could not be more impressed with the 2010 graduating class of the Nebraska Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program we recently held  at the State 4H Camp at the Bessey Division of the Halsey National Forest.  These gals were as determined as any guy to learn to hunt, fish, shoot, hike, kayak,  camp, learn outdoor survival techniques, cooking in the outdoors and so much more!  These women are not intimidated and refuse to let the best life has to offer pass them by simply because dad never took them hunting or such.  They have my utmost respect!

For those women looking for further opportunities in outdoor programs, we are offering a number of Beyond BOW programs that include kayaking, deer and turkey hunting, fishing, camping, and much more.  For more information go to and let the good life begin!

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Hershy discusses the finer points of tree stand safety

Educator Christy Christiansen shows the ladies how important a fall restraint harness is when hunting from a tree stand


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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3rd Doe Success! – FIELD REPORT/ARCHERY DEER: From Jessica

Another beautiful weekend in the woods and it all came to an end with Success! Sunday evening started out ‘VERY’ slow with no deer in sight. Around 6:40pm, I finally spotted a doe and fawn to the east of me, heading my way. After grazing and taking her time, she finally made it in to about 12 yards, slightly quartering away, with no clue I was there. I pulled back, squeezed the trigger, and let-r-rip!! The doe made it no more than 50 yards before crashing 20 yards from Deb, who was my hunting mentor/partner! It was a great double lung shot, with a slice in the heart. After getting down, field dressing my deer, and hauling it back to the truck, we met up with the guys to hear about their hunt! Kent (Deb’s husband) also had a great evening with the harvest of a big mature doe.

It looks like it’s going to be another beautiful weekend so I hope you all can get out and make memories of your own! Good Luck!!


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!

Archery Deer Season…Finally Here

hallelujah it’s finally here!  I thought I would never make it!  Tomorrow many will  start the pilgrimage from civilized citizen to life in the woods as the 2010 Archery Deer Season begins.  Here are just a few tips for this early season.

1. Buy a ThermaCell

2. If Scheels or WalMart are out of ThermaCells steal your buddies ThermaCell

3. Cut a clean path to your stand.  That way you are not leaving your scent on all  that green vegetation you had to wade through to put your stand in the tree.  Plus, as these annuals die back, they get brown, dry and noisy.  Walking through this stuff in the fall can be like sending off a warning siren to deer

4. Focus on good feeding sources.  Remember as harvest kicks in, deer will rapidly change their movements to take advantage of waste or spilled grain areas but for now, patterning can be good. 

5.  You have the whole season to score so don’t get too bold and take risks, such as hunting a bedding area, that could send deer to the next county. 

6. Scout field edges from a distance (what those binoculars are for) and determine best locations to hang a stand where deer consistently enter fields.  Even then, I like to hang stands 20 or so yards back into the woods.  You will be more likely to catch deer milling around in the woods waiting for sundown.

7. If your buddy shoots big deer each year…hunting with him/her more!

8. This early season can be a great time to harvest does.

9. Don’t waste your  time with too much grunting or even rattling this early.  Good early season calls to use include fawn-in-distress (easily made on your predator call) and doe contact bleats are always good but still  use sparingly!

10. Deer are not in rut yet (hardly thinking about it I  imagine) so stay away from estrous lures, scents, etc. and focus on controlling your own scent (that time of year to bathe again).

11. Ground cover scents such as earth or pine can work well to help confuse deer and mask your odor.  Better yet, next time afield, take several young bows of cedar and place them in a bag.  Then at home, store some cedar with your hunting clothes.  When hunting, rub fresh crushed cedar bows on your clothes.

Several years ago my brother-in-law Dave and I were bowhunting for deer.  Dave used the earth scent a bit strong and I have grabbed handfuls of weeds and rubbed them on my clothes (two genius hunters for sure-no deer was going to smell us).  On the way home…you guessed it, the counties finest wanted to discuss the speed limit.  When we rolled down the window I could tell he caught a huge whiff of earth scent and weeds (by now our eyes were watering as I have allergies too).  My first thought was this may be a long night.  But as luck would have it, our good servant of the public was a hunter himself.  He even guessed the scent we were using.  We all laughed so hard – I guess he just didn’t have the heart to write a ticket (Still  not sure why he stopped us).   Thank God for hunters!

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A proud and dedicate archer

Small Game Workshop Offers Something For All

Small Game Hunting Workshop - something for everyone

After the classroom portion, students honed their skills on the silhouette range - not a bad shooter!

This young man couldn't wait to get to the shooting! Another hunter is made!

 Hershy, Mike and I have been busy.  This workshop was the first small game hunting program we had done and I really liked the turnout.  Many of the participants were novice hunters just getting into squirrel and rabbit hunting.  Nothing really beats a morning in the squirrel woods with an accurate 22 rimfire.  Students learned about small game safety,  biology, hunting and calling strategies and much more.  They even learned about my hawk simulation trick that really seems to bring out squirrels!  They also learned about Streeter’s squeeze method for cleaning rabbits…it works!

I was really thrilled with the level of enthusiasm in this group.  small game hunting is how most of us cut our teeth on hunting and shooting and these good  folks were about to live some of the greatest memories I ever had.  Walking through the woods with that new (it was new to me) 22 rifle or 20 gauge shotgun looking for rabbits and squirrels.  Now a few new kids get to live the same glory!  Gotta love it!

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