My Nebraska

My Nebraska

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and when you hear the slogan "The Good Life" well that's exactly what you get. I've visited a few states and even tried to live in one. Yet there's just something about Nebraska that makes you not want to leave or come back. Now I'm not saying the States I've visited were bad, but there's really no place like Nebraska.

The cities are small, yet big enough to attract some great things. We have the Pinnacle Bank arena now and have brought in several great country music artists. We also have our first big time boxing match with Terrance "Bud" Crawford from Omaha tonight 8-19-2017...

I've read numerous articles about my great state, "the people are friendly" which we are I can guarantee you'll see a smile and get a "Hello" everyday you're here. You can bet you're bottom dollar we are always willing to give a helping hand, including myself. I don't know how many times I've stopped to help someone in the side of the road or in a parking lot. Let's not for get the scenery, I love taking pictures of sunsets and sunrises, actually if you visit my FB page or Instagram you'd see some of them, but the plains in the east and the vast rolling hills in the west had some beautiful sights and scenery.

Of course then there's the food....." Oh yeah" like the beautiful master piece we like to call Runza a delicious ball of bread with meat and cabbage and salt and pepper (I'm drooling) be right back..........................

Ok sorry about the pause but Runza was calling my name. We do have some great food, and if your a salad lover well nothing goes better on a salad than Dorothy Lynch, this is a party in your mouth type of dressing. Or if you fancy a trip on the wild side well try this, take your cinnamon roll and dip it into a bowl of mild chili "oh yeah baby" that's the good stuff right there.

Now when it comes to sports there is really only one thing "HUSKER FOOTBALL". Saturday game days are the best, you see Lincoln grow by 90,000 plus in literally just a few . And it's all red, rumor has it you can see the state turn a shade of red from space, well maybe not but NASA should definitely check into that one. We have some of the best tailgating in the world, music, food, and of course BudLight and BuschLight, my fellow Pro-Staff teammate Zach can vouch for that. Just when you think the city and the Downtown Hay market couldn't be busier "poof" it's all dead silent. All 90,000 people are cramped into Memorial Stadium to watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers walk all over whom ever we play.

If you want to hunt or fish in my Nebraska, I wouldn't come here, LOL. I'm kidding. Nebraska and the Outdoors couldn't be matched by anyone or anything. The fishing is great, we've got Bass, Walleye, and some great paddle fishing. Our State Parks, along with the sunsets and scenery can't be out beat. Whitetail deer hunting is the best around, that's if your willing to put in the work. We've got some of the best country for those big B&C booners, we're talking 150" class to 200", the weather couldn't be more perfect for Whitetail. If you love cool mornings "we got that" or a -15 degree more "we got that one covered" or if you just love the challenge of a windy day, well as a plains State "we've definitely got that one in the bag" you'll hear this a lot "It's Nebraska, wait 5 and the weather will change". Our Turkey hunting is 100% pure awesomeness, I love Spring Turkey in Nebraska, there is nothing like sitting on top of a draw out west and hearing those thunder chickens gobbling. Plus we've got 3 of the 5 Grand Slam list, so while you're here might as well knock that out.

Nebraska is a very humbling State, it has great people, great sports, and what I think is the best hunting ever. So when you hear someone say "The Good Life" Nebraska really is The Good Life, and if you don't believe me, come on up or down here to the Midwest and give this guy right here a visit, and I'll show you "My Nebraska"

- Ralph L. Spangler Jr
Bucks of Nebraska Pro-Staff

 

Social Media and Mainstream Hunting, to Shoot or Not to Shoot?

Social Media and Mainstream Hunting, to Shoot or Not to Shoot?

Imagine getting off work on a Friday, you head home and start getting your gear ready for a Saturday morning hunt. The weather/temperature is gonna be just right. It's a cold fall morning, the wind is perfect. There's a gut feeling that this hunt is going to be great, even EPIC as the kids say because you scouted your private hunting land or public ground, you've got great trail-cam pictures, and made great sets. As a couple hours go by, the sunrise is gorgeous, the frost is shiny, and the air is crisp. All of a sudden... out of the corner of your eye you spot one of the deer you have on camera, he's a decent full body buck who has a great typical 8pt rack. Of course the only thing on your mind is, "Do I shoot or not?"

Now a lot of you may wonder: "Well if it's that good of a buck... Why not shoot?"

Well for some it depends on a lot of aspects, like age of the deer, the mass, or whether or not the spread is big enough, or my personal favorite "Is it 150in. or above?" Even Social media has an impact on whether or not you shoot too. Yes....I know it's crazy to think that "My fellow Hunters" would not shoot a good buck or doe due to Social Media. Now before you say "I'd never let social media decide whether to shoot a deer or not"... think about this. Look how mainstream hunting has become, everyone wants a piece of the pie. From T-shirt designs, hats, koozies, energy supplements, I mean it's endless. I see so many advertisements on Facebook and Instagram. Wear this, drink that, shoot this bow, use this broad head and arrow. So I can see why a hunter may not want to shoot that buck or doe, and they ask themselves, "Is it good enough for Social Media?"

Now I'm not taking jabs at the ones who've taken Hunting and the Outdoors and turned it into a passion to pass along to today's youth. That's great and it's awesome, I'm talking about the ones who take things to the extreme... The ones who (for me) ruin it.

We all know that guy or gal who's an expert in hunting, they always say "I never take a deer younger than 4" or "Let em go so they can grow" or "I only shoot Boone and Crockets" or "If you want meat shoot a doe" and of course we've all seen the Hunting shows that has the host shooting a 175" B&C Buck, and I've even heard those people say "Let em go so they can Grow" and they have their phones posting pictures of their Harvest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or which ever Social media outlet there is, and their cramming certain bows and broad heads down you're throat because let's face it HOYT Bows are the BEST OUT THERE (wink wink)...

I myself personally love to hunt, I love the cold weather and fall mornings and bonfire nights. I will admit that I am a social media addict, I tweet, I Instagram, and Snapchat and have Facebook updates....but it's because I love you guys and gals. I do have friends of my own who tease me and give me a hard time for some of the deer I've taken. Yet in the end they always say "Congratulations". I don't let Social Media, my friends or TV shows decide my harvest or hunt. I want meat in my freezer, buck or doe, young or old, they all taste good next to potatoes and gravy.

Be yourself, don't apologize and just hunt the way you want to hunt, enjoy the outdoors, enjoy Mother Nature and all its beauty.

 

- Ralph Spangler Jr
Bucks of Nebraska Pro-Staff 

Bird Hunting in Kansas

Bird Hunting in Kansas

Hunting for the 2017-2018 upland bird seasons are better than they’ve been in years. After years of severe drought, precipitation over the last two years has restored habitat conditions and, in many areas, provided ideal nesting and brood-rearing conditions for pheasants and quail. Bird hunters ready to plan a hunting trip this fall should look no further than www.ksoutdoors.com, where they’ll find the official “2017 UplandBird Hunting Forecast,” the “2017 Kansas Hunting Atlas” and the “2017 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary.” All can be viewed online and/or downloaded. A printed version of the forecast is available at all KDWPT offices, and printed versions of the atlas and regulations summary can be found wherever licenses are sold.

Pheasant and quail numbers were much better last year than in previous years, but overall harvest was still below average. After reviewing data gathered through various field surveys this spring and summer, biologists are predicting this improving trend to continue. Bird numbers may be spotty due to low breeding bird numbers in some areas last spring and local weather conditions this summer, but overall, prospects are good.

Best pheasant hunting will be found in northwest and southwest regions of the state. The best quail hunting, which in some areas could be better than we’ve seen in many years, will be found in the southcentral and southwestern regions of the state. More specific information can be found in the complete forecast online at www.ksoutdoors.com, click on “Hunting” then click on “Reports and Forecasts.”

By clicking on “Where to Hunt,” hunters can view the 2017 Kansas Hunting Atlas, which shows locations of all state and federal public wildlife areas, as well as the more than 1 million acres enrolled in the Walk-in Hunting Access program.

All licenses and permits can also be purchased online by clicking on “Licenses and Permits,” and they are available over the counter at all KDWPT offices and more than 600 vendors across the state. Resident hunters age 16-74 are required to have a hunting license to hunt pheasants and quail, unless exempt by law. All nonresident hunters must have a nonresident hunting license, unless they are hunting on land they own.

The Kansas pheasant and quail seasons open Nov. 12, 2017 and close Jan. 31, 2018. The daily bag limit for pheasants is four roosters with a possession limit of 16. The daily bag limit on quail is 8 per day and the possession limit is 32. Start planning now because opening day will be here before you know it.

Until next time,

Corey Markley
Bucks of Kansas Head of State

Dipnetting Salmon in Alaska

Dipnetting Salmon in Alaska

Growing up in Alaska I ate a lot of salmon. Dip netting was always a way for my family to collect as many as 85 red salmon (sockeye salmon). We would drive down to the Kenai river with friends and family and spend hours on a boat. As if the 4-5 hour drive down wasn't bad enough, now we spend hours battling for a spot to pilot your boat down this very congested portion of river that is between the Kalifornski bridge and the fisheries, just to turn around and do it again. With the dip nets tied off to the bow of the boat, we would find the perfect depth to keep the net submerged.

Once you had a fish in the net, came the chore of landing it with out knocking your buddies out of the boat into the 40℉ or colder water. The person pulling the fish out of the net is responsible for clipping the tail fin to identify that this fish was caught by dip net and not by rod and reel. Since only Alaskan residents are allowed to dip net, fish and game set the limit at 25 fish for the head of the house and 10 fish for each member of the residence, as to 6 fish each for rod and reel.

Then place the harvested fish in the fish box. Sometimes you would get lucky and catch 2-3 reds at the same time, that's when you want some help pulling that net in so you don't risk losing the fish. After all the fish have been harvested or the day has come to an end it's time to clean the fish, boat, gear, and get some sleep.

Until next time,

Aaron Brehm
Bucks of Alaska Head of State

The Importance of Predator Hunting

The Importance of Predator Hunting

A predator is an animal that lives by capturing and eating other animals. In the great state of Alabama we have quite a few predators: Bobcats, coyotes, gray fox, red fox, North American otter, weasel, mink, black bear, skunks, and raccoons. We also have the red wolf and cougar which is said to have been extirpated in the state but sightings have occurred in certain areas of the state and this has made the two animals endangered and illegal to hunt.

Predator hunting is important to keep predator populations sustainable. In many areas across the state predators are becoming over populated and moving in to areas that they become a nuisance to farmers and hunters. I personally am becoming a more avid predator hunter the more I talk to local farmers and animal sanctuaries. In my area (Northeast Alabama) I have talk to many cattle farmers that have lost cattle that was giving birth and was ambushed by a pack of coyotes, this causes a loss to their income, depending on the market at the time and the breed of cattle, it could be anywhere from say $1000- $5000+. Chicken Farmers also have to deal with their fair share of damage due to predators. Predators will cause minor damage such as rip screens, dig holes, and bend tin walls to get in after the chickens.

Your family pet and small children are also at risk of overpopulation of predators. I have heard stories in the last few weeks since I started predator hunting around my parents property of coyotes coming up to their neighbors back doors and trying to get in after the small dogs. My parents back in mid-April found out first hand that small family pets are at risk, when my mom let out one of her little dachshund and it when to the edge of the woods and was attached and killed by coyotes. A man I work with use to live in Tennessee and had his little girl stalked by coyotes while she was in the yard but thankfully the coyotes were seen before they could do anything. He said that the little girl was running around the back yard while they was on the porch and seen a coyote easing through the tall grass of a hay field that was bordering the yard.

When they saw the coyote they ran down and picked up the young girl and watched the coyote run toward the woods where there was 6-8 more coyotes in the tree line watching and waiting.

Game animals such as quails, pheasants, turkey, deer, and rabbits are also in danger of over populated predators in the area. If you hunt these and have spent plenty of time in the woods like I have, you have seen this first hand or at least seen it pictures on social media. I have had many days that deer hunting changed to coyote hunting due to coyotes chasing deer through the woods where I hunt. It definitely makes my blood boil when I see this happening and is the main reason I am now an avid predator hunter in the offseason of game animals. Be sure to do your part to keep the predator population under control in your area.

Cody Winskey

Bucks of Alabama Pro Staff