My first quail of the season came on Halloween last year. Phantom had a covey pointed, but they flushed wild. When that happens, there’s nothing left to do but follow up on the singles.

Compared to waterfowling, pursuing upland game birds is far less gear intensive. One only needs a gun, some ammo, a vest to hold that ammo plus any birds shot, and, of course, a dog.

With waterfowl season quickly approaching, now’s the time for duck and goose hunters to start evaluating their equipment, and maybe pick up a few new items.

Dove hunters may encounter a second dove species more frequently this season. Eurasian collared doves are becoming increasingly common in many parts of Nebraska.

A few weeks ago, I shot my first round of bunker trap at Heartland Public Shooting Park west of Grand Island. Throughout the winter and spring, I watched as construction on the bunker progressed each time I visited to shoot skeet. I was anxious to try this new game once it was completed.

Straddling the Nebraska/South Dakota border in northeast Nebraska is Lewis and Clark Reservoir, the southernmost impoundment on the Missouri River.

Located along Nebraska’s northeast border with South Dakota, Gavins Point Dam was constructed in the 1950s to provide both flood control on the Missouri River and hydroelectric power. An added side benefit was the creation of an incredible tailwaters fishery.

Located just off Highway 81 in northeast Nebraska, a couple miles south of Yankton, South Dakota, is the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center. It’s perched high atop a scenic bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley below.

Driving down Highway 29 south of Harrison in Nebraska’s panhandle, a stone’s throw away from Wyoming, the sense of history is almost palpable.

Last June, during my trip to Nebraska’s panhandle, I revisited Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area south of Gering. I’d been to Wildcat Hills a couple years prior, but since then several improvements have been made to the recreation area.

On a hot, sticky Saturday afternoon last June, I traveled to Brainard to shoot clays at Oak Creek Sporting Club. I’d visited Oak Creek the previous summer and had a great time on the scenic and challenging sporting clays course, so I decided to make a return trip.

My 2018 fishing season began on a snowy day in March. The target species was recently stocked rainbows. It was cold.

With archery season starting on March 25, turkey time is almost upon us. The spring turkey season is always one of the most exciting times of the year for Nebraska hunters. There’s nothing like being in the early-morning woods and hearing a boss gobbler sound off at dawn.

Several female friends have recently expressed an interest in purchasing a handgun, either for concealed carry or home. My younger friends intend to make this a priority once they turn 21 and have enough money. My older friends typically just want something for home protection.