Category: Wildlife

Post-Season Scouting For Deer

If you’re a deer hunter in Nebraska, chances are you have wrapped up or are getting ready to wrap up your season (the late deer hunting season closes at 30 minutes after sunset on Jan. 15). Question for you: Have you ever considered scouting after the last deer hunting season closes for the remainder of …

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February Rabbits

Rabbit hunting is a cure for cabin fever. With upland bird seasons closing Jan. 31, there’s not much to hunt in February besides rabbits. February is actually my favorite month to hunt rabbits. I typically discourage my dog, Phantom, from pursuing rabbits, often ignoring her rabbit points so she remains focused on birds. But once …

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Wild What’s Up

Send your wildlife questions to our environmental educators. As an environmental educator, I am asked countless questions about wildlife, habitats, and plants. Occasionally I know the answer, but now and then I have to do some research. Nebraska Game and Parks now has an email address (wildwhatsup@nebraska.gov) where people can send their wildlife questions and …

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Threatened and Endangered

The Scaleshell Mussel If you spend time along Nebraska’s lakes and rivers, you are likely to come across the occasional large “clam” shell. These are examples of our state’s native freshwater mussels. It can be quite interesting to observe the unique shapes, sizes and colors of the 29 species found in our state, although a …

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CRP, Grassland Conservation, Early Successional Habitat; Not Just For Pheasants

C-R-P, grassland conservation and early successional habitat. When those letters and words are brought up in a conversation, chances are the ring-necked pheasant will be mentioned in a sentence or two. Yes, CRP, grassland conservation and early successional habitat and pheasants all go together, but they also go with a lot of other wildlife. You …

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Praying Mantis Discovered Fishing, a First Seen in the Wild

Rajesh Puttaswamaiah

A praying mantis was seen hunting fish for the very first time. Jake Buehler of National Geographic reported that conservationist Rajesh Puttaswamaiah observed that a giant male Asian mantis had been seen returning to the same rooftop water garden for five consecutive nights to hunt for small fish. Since mantises are known to be spectacularly

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Remember This Absolute Monster of an Alligator Snapping Turtle?

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Caddo Lake in Texas is known for alligator snapping turtles, but this beast really takes the cake.  The photo has been circulating the internet for a few days, and while there is no total story yet, we can all agree that this alligator snapping turtle is bigger than the torso of the man holding it.

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Why I Hunt

I am a hunter. I write and speak about hunting. I take images and record videos of hunting. I interact with hunters. Hunting is a major part of both my personal and professional lives. With my occupation (as a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission) and through my personal social media …

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Flagging For Canadas

Anyone who waterfowl hunts knows that movement in a decoy spread is crucial. Yeah, there are a plethora of motion decoys on the market to buy — battery-powered ones, mechanical flappers, windsocks, bags, kites, moving shells, etc. However, there is another kind of motion decoy used in waterfowl hunting by the hunter him or herself — …

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