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Archived: Outdoors: Springtime crappie fishing in Nebraska               

Rick Windham - May. 8, 2024

This is a nice crappie from Jeffery Lake. Working in and around trees that had fallen from the bank and into the lake along the shoreline was the ticket on this day. The action was fast and the dinner that night was delicious. Catching crappie in the spring in Nebraska is as sure a thing […]

Archived: Outdoors: Springtime crappie fishing in Nebraska               

Rick Windham -

This is a nice crappie from Jeffery Lake. Working in and around trees that had fallen from the bank and into the lake along the shoreline was the ticket on this day. The action was fast and the dinner that night was delicious. Catching crappie in the spring in Nebraska is as sure a thing […]

Archived: Natural attraction: Solar eclipse

Rick Windham - Apr. 5, 2024

There are a couple of outdoor related attractions in the air. We had a solar eclipse on Monday and next month, two broods of cicadas will begin to emerge. The solar eclipse: Here in North Platte, about 70% of the sun was covered by the moon for two and a half hours, beginning around 12:30 […]

Archived: Natural attraction: Solar eclipse

Rick Windham -

There are a couple of outdoor related attractions in the air. We had a solar eclipse on Monday and next month, two broods of cicadas will begin to emerge. The solar eclipse: Here in North Platte, about 70% of the sun was covered by the moon for two and a half hours, beginning around 12:30 […]

Archived: Annual Audubon backyard bird count wrapping up

Rick Windham - Feb. 24, 2024

The National Audubon Society is wrapping up its 27th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. which officially ran from Feb. 16-19. Every February for the last 27 years, avid birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts count birds in their backyard to help expand the understanding of birds. Getting involved with the GBBC takes maybe 15 minutes. More than […]

Archived: Annual Audubon backyard bird count wrapping up

Rick Windham -

The National Audubon Society is wrapping up its 27th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. which officially ran from Feb. 16-19. Every February for the last 27 years, avid birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts count birds in their backyard to help expand the understanding of birds. Getting involved with the GBBC takes maybe 15 minutes. More than […]

Archived: Sandhill cranes are back in Nebraska

Rick Windham - Mar. 1, 2023

I had a couple friends from the Grand Island area tell me that a few cranes were in the Doniphan and Alda area at the end of last week. Last Saturday, someone near North Platte said they thought they heard cranes flying over during the night, but never saw them. On Sunday afternoon, I found […]

Archived: Sandhill cranes are back in Nebraska

Rick Windham -

I had a couple friends from the Grand Island area tell me that a few cranes were in the Doniphan and Alda area at the end of last week. Last Saturday, someone near North Platte said they thought they heard cranes flying over during the night, but never saw them. On Sunday afternoon, I found […]

Archived: Seeking the best rifle, cartridge for deer

Rick Windham - Sep. 27, 2022

It is not too early to think about the Nebraska firearm deer season. Hunters are starting to think about the season, and about rifles. I was recently standing at the counter in the sporting goods department at Bomgaars looking at rifles, talking with a couple of hunters when the age-old question came — “What is […]

Archived: Seeking the best rifle, cartridge for deer

Rick Windham -

It is not too early to think about the Nebraska firearm deer season. Hunters are starting to think about the season, and about rifles. I was recently standing at the counter in the sporting goods department at Bomgaars looking at rifles, talking with a couple of hunters when the age-old question came — “What is […]

Archived: Windham outdoors: Fishing action, dove hunting

Rick Windham - Sep. 7, 2022

Wiper and white bass activity has picked up at the Lake Maloney inlet. Dawn and dusk are the best times and live bait seems to be best. Most of the walleye action at Lake Maloney is in the main lake on the east side of the islands. Trolling/drifting minnows and night crawlers in 8-10 feet […]

Archived: Windham outdoors: Fishing action, dove hunting

Rick Windham -

Wiper and white bass activity has picked up at the Lake Maloney inlet. Dawn and dusk are the best times and live bait seems to be best. Most of the walleye action at Lake Maloney is in the main lake on the east side of the islands. Trolling/drifting minnows and night crawlers in 8-10 feet […]

Archived: Fall fishing tips

Rick Windham - Aug. 29, 2022

It is time to start thinking about switching into fall fishing mode. Fish instinctively know winter and leaner times are coming. They feed more heavily at this time to put on extra weight and have a reserve for the leaner times. Here is what’s happening on the fishing scene around our region: Activity at the […]

Archived: Fall fishing tips

Rick Windham -

It is time to start thinking about switching into fall fishing mode. Fish instinctively know winter and leaner times are coming. They feed more heavily at this time to put on extra weight and have a reserve for the leaner times. Here is what’s happening on the fishing scene around our region: Activity at the […]

Archived: Big catch for young angler

Rick Windham - Jul. 17, 2022

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. I know many people enjoyed time at the local lakes. Liam Bargell of North Platte was with family and friends and at a local private sandpit when his weekend became one he will remember for a long time. Bargell, 12, and will […]

Archived: Big catch for young angler

Rick Windham -

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. I know many people enjoyed time at the local lakes. Liam Bargell of North Platte was with family and friends and at a local private sandpit when his weekend became one he will remember for a long time. Bargell, 12, and will […]

Archived: My quest for the ultimate turkey shotgun

Rick Windham - May. 15, 2020

Lincoln Country offers some superb turkey hunting, but it can also offer some wide-open spaces — not the best thing for a shotgun hunter. Customizing a shotgun specifically for long range turkey hunting can help. This trophy Merriam was taken with a shot of a little over 50 yards, and I know the gun is […]

Archived: My quest for the ultimate turkey shotgun

Rick Windham -

Lincoln Country offers some superb turkey hunting, but it can also offer some wide-open spaces — not the best thing for a shotgun hunter. Customizing a shotgun specifically for long range turkey hunting can help. This trophy Merriam was taken with a shot of a little over 50 yards, and I know the gun is […]

Archived: Outdoors with Rick Windham: Attributes of the 7mm-08

Rick Windham - Aug. 4, 2019

I received a question from a reader about two weeks ago asking my opinion of the 7mm-08 cartridge for deer. It was a great question and the deer season is not that far off. Since the question had come to me without any return information, I’m not sure he got my answer. I said then […]

Archived: Outdoors with Rick Windham: Attributes of the 7mm-08

Rick Windham -

I received a question from a reader about two weeks ago asking my opinion of the 7mm-08 cartridge for deer. It was a great question and the deer season is not that far off. Since the question had come to me without any return information, I’m not sure he got my answer. I said then […]