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Destination: Seward County, Nebraska, March 15

March 9, 2011

The opportunity to take heavy corn-fed deer like this 220-class whitetail bagged by Kennen Meyer and Jordan Owens just outside of town is only one reason to hunt Seward County.

  Seward County, Nebraska, is located about 25 miles west of the capital city of Lincoln and is not usually thought of as a hunt destination, yet this county has excellent hunting potential for deer, waterfowl, pheasants and turkeys as well as rabbits and dove. This trip is the first of an occasional series on hunt destinations in small-town America designed to illustrate that almost any place in the country offers good hunting potential relatively close to home – sometimes in very nearly your own backyard.

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The spring migration of snow geese offers an excellent opportunity to take some good-eating waterfowl.

  In fact a 220-class whitetail was taken last year just outside of the city limits of Seward, the county seat. When I hunted the second week in March, snow geese were in full migration; but very few people were attempting to hunt them.  The Seward Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Coldiron offers an overview of the county’s features while Roy Josoff, Jr., the President of the Seward County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, gives insight into the areas hunting potential. There are nine public hunting areas in the County, and I had no problems obtaining access to private ground to hunt snow geese.

  Unique in a largely prairie state Seward County has hills to the east and north of the

Wild turkeys are increasingly abundant in the county.

county from Nebraskan glaciation that gives a more varied habitat for wildlife. These hills generally provide the best deer, pheasant and quail hunting. The very large corn fields that are cultivated from edge to edge to the south and west have little game-holding habitat except for migrating birds. Josoff comments on some of the problems this raises for wildlife production and what his organization is doing to help promote habitat restoration.  

Cut Runza sandwich to show filling.  The Runza sandwich shares its baked-in-bread origins with the Cornish Pastie and Italian Calzoni. These are examined with the aid of James Arthur’s Barb Ballard who operates a family owned winery in Raymond about 10 miles north of Lincoln. The show also includes a significant discussion on running a backyard-based winery.  

Contact Information:

Pat Coldiron, Executive Director of Seward Area Chamber of Commerce,,, website:

James Arthur Vineyards,


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