Hunters walk a field during the 2016 pheasant season opener in Box Butte County.

NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

This time of year, the days just keep getting shorter. Too bad, because there is so much to do outdoors.

For people who love to be outdoors, there are decisions to be made in the fall. Do you enjoy the cooler fall climate in a deer stand or on the bank of your favorite fishing lake? Do you spend a weekend afternoon with the family participating in a Halloween-themed event at a state park area or mentor a kid on a small game hunt?

Yes, so much to do and so little time. Summer has turned to fall, combining some warm-month activities with new opportunities that autumn provides. For instance:

Late October brings the upland bird seasons for pheasant, quail and partridge. This season begins Oct. 28, and it will provide friends and family the chance to renew outdoor traditions or begin new ones. Pheasant hunting has been a cornerstone of Nebraska outdoor recreation for decades, and the state’s Berggren Plan for Pheasants is dedicated to improving pheasant populations and the pheasant hunting experience in Nebraska for years to come.

Duck hunters are seeing improved wetland conditions across the state with the ample early-autumn rainfall in Nebraska. To view an Oct. 18 update on the status of Rainwater Basin wetlands, as well as pumping plans for waterfowl hunting seasons, go to

Nebraska has long been known for its mixed-bag hunting opportunities. In addition to pheasant, quail and waterfowl, there are seasons open for archery deer, wild turkey, dove and grouse. In November, firearm deer hunters will take to the field for their annual nine-day hunt.

Anglers find autumn as a chance to pursue fish that are feeding to fatten up for the winter. This time of year is popular with anglers targeting a variety of species. The annual rainbow trout stockings in urban ponds are a hit with adults and youth. It is the perfect excuse to introduce a child to fishing.

This is a busy time of year at state park areas, with several of them planning Halloween activities for families. Visitors can go on a hayrack ride, carve pumpkins, decorate campsites or go trick-or-treating. These parks are where families are starting new Halloween traditions.

Fall means multitasking. Other activities to enjoy separately or in conjunction with others include hiking, biking, camping, paddling, wildlife viewing and wild edible hunting.

This time of year offers no excuses for staying indoors. There is too much to do and not enough time to get it done. Nevertheless, we can always try. For more information, go to

Jerry Kane is a public information officer in the Commission’s Communications Division. Contact him at


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