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Nebraska Hunting Group Celebrates Multi-Generational Tradition By Quinn Slaven

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Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

September 12, 2020


“The Nebraska Fishing and Hunting Bragging Board group has almost 20,000 members and will begin accepting nonresident hunters.”


Bellevue, NE – September 9, 2020 – As Nebraskans head out to their favorite hunting spots, one man is turning the private, isolated sport into a statewide celebration. 


The Nebraska Fishing and Hunting Bragging Board serves as an opportunity for Nebraskans across the state to share their trophies, stories, and even advertise small businesses. 


Joel Leighner of Bellevue, Nebraska, started the group in 2015 as a way of connecting people and offering an opportunity for hunters to show off their big trophies. 


“It also brings people together to learn,” Leighner said. “I started the Facebook group with just a few buddies, and through word of mouth, it spread to almost 20,000 people.”


The discussion board serves as an archive of Nebraskan culture. Generations of hunters share photos, tips, and stories about their experiences and pass along the tradition to the new generation.


“Hunting is important for not only population control of animals but the food on people’s plates and bonding as people,” Leighner explained. “I remember as a kid going hunting with my dad early in the morning. People share similar memories with the group all the time, and it makes me feel more connected as a Nebraskan.”


This year, that connection will extend beyond Cornhusker borders. According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, there are currently no restrictions on nonresidents purchasing hunting permits. Leighner says his group is more than happy to welcome visiting hunters from bordering states.


“You can’t blame people for wanting to hunt in Nebraska. We have some of the most beautiful landscapes and a healthy stock of game,” Leighner said.


Hunters across the state and region have already begun posting photos of their early harvests, but the season is young. There will be plenty more updates, tips, and bragging as more and more Nebraskans venture out in search of classic outdoor recreation.


To learn more about the group, or share your favorite hunting story, visit Nebraska Fishing and Hunting Bragging Board on Facebook. 

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