NEBRASKAland December 2018

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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36 NEBRASKAland • DECEMBER 2018 Making Goose Hunters Story and photos by Justin Haag Chimney Rock and the Wildcat Hills stand as a backdrop for Larry Olson's goose pit in eastern Scotts Bluff County. I f one were to devise a marketing plan for goose hunting in the Nebraska Panhandle, a scene such as this would surely be considered: "Big group, flying low from Chimney Rock." Those were the words of outdoorsman Larry Olson of Crawford as my son Sawyer and I were sitting in his goose pit near McGrew along the North Platte River valley – my first goose hunting experience of the season and Sawyer's first goose hunting experience ever. It is hard to think of a better place to have my son shoot his first geese – or a better person to accompany him while doing it. Olson is well known in northwestern Nebraska for his hunting and fishing passion. A recently retired Chadron mail carrier, his friendly nature makes him as popular in the field as he was on his delivery route. Many Chadron residents have fond memories of "Larry the Mailman" and his sidekick Twila Satchell, who also retired in 2017 after serving many years as a pleasant face behind the counter at the Chadron Post Office. When Olson is not hunting or

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