It has been a challenging time for outdoor enthusiasts. With few open hunting seasons and the recent subzero temperatures, it has been hard to want to go outside. However, that doesn’t prevent us from finding any excuse to get out as soon as it starts to thaw.

LINCOLN — Visitors to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas in 2021 will continue to see improvements to infrastructure, amenities, facilities and accessibility around the two popular reservoirs.

Editor’s note: The following article is the first of a new monthly column by Brady Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick has been an avid gun enthusiast and hunter since he moved to the Midwest over 15 years ago and is now the editor-in-chief of the blog Gun Made. For more information visit gunmade.com

LINCOLN — Anglers can start planning fishing vacations or researching their strategies for the year with the 2021 Fishing Forecast, a publication available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

I trod across the field clad in camo from head to boot and found my now-familiar patch of grass. Once I was situated in the snow with the fence at my back, I got prepared. Within minutes my gun was propped up on its bipods and my gun muffs were resting on my head, ready to be pulled over my …

The Norfolk Archery Club will host its 11th annual Scholarship Indoor 3-D archery tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7, at the Madison County Fairgrounds, 401 W. 6th St. in Madison.

Cattle drives are an important part of one chapter of Nebraska’s history. For about 20 years in the late-1800s, cowboys on horseback would push huge herds of longhorns from Texas to Nebraska, where the animals were loaded on trains and shipped to feed a growing nation.

A team of ducks head out looking for breakfast at sunrise on Skyview Lake. With the ice melting this week, the waterfowl have been more active again.

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Ken Curry of Columbus, a corporate leader in public power and customer care, to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to represent District 3 (Northeast Nebraska).