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Public Access to Target Shooting in Lancaster County (near Lincoln), Nebraska

Update for 2015:

There are now some other options for target shooting in Lincoln Nebraska. Big Shots is a terrific indoor range, and Outdoor Nebraska has a really good brand new facility for archery and guns.

There are also some Wildlife Management Areas where you may be able to shoot – these are from 2012 so may be different/closed. Always look for the signs posted. Happy shooting:


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/End 2015 update

I like going to the indoor range, Thunder Alley, in Lincoln. I hear that the Izaak Walton range just east of Lincoln is a great place, too.  But, sometimes I just want to shoot outdoors.

I’ve looked at the NRD website, and app, and cross-referenced with the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoors site and their Guide to Hunting on Public Lands, 2011 and Public Access Atlas then checked which nearby areas allow at least some target shooting on a map I copied from Nebraska Sportsman’s Atlas, 1995.  I’ve also put a request for information into the Southeast Wildlife Manager listed in the Guide to Hunting Public Lands for more information.

There are only a few spots in Lancaster County, NE, that allow target shooting.  I haven’t ground-truthed any of these yet, but evidently there will be signs posted in areas that are off limits: Wildwood, Branched Oak, Wagon Train, Stagecoach, Olive Creek, and Teal Lake:

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LDNUG June 2012–Entrepreneur


Abraham Chavez (@RedPlasticSky) presented at the Lincoln Dot Net Users’ Group tonight about his experience starting his own business –

Abraham’s one of those few people you meet who you might call a unique thinker because he makes an effort to form his own ideas and opinions and is interested in countering common wisdom.  He draws on his experience and on the seemingly many books and articles he reads to develop a way of thinking about life and work at a philosophical level, and then has the will to live that philosophy – a rare combination.

The presentation covered lessons learned in how to start a small unfunded business while you are still working 8-5 at your day job as a software developer.  Here are some of the ideas that he learned or that worked for him:

Pivot – be ready to change your business as you learn the market.  You may design something for one audience and find that it is not wanted there, but with a change of direction can be very desirable in another market.  It’s a good idea to anticipate this and to not try to do all of your design up front so that you don’t become too rigid.

Local – we usually think of putting our software or product out on the national market so that it reaches more people.  Abraham turned that idea on it’s head – there is less competition locally, and you can very easily network in person.  You can market your business as a local thing, and that really does lend a big hand.  Plus, if there’s a national company that does something similar, they may just buy you out so that they can capture the market in your town.

Snowball – sometimes starting small and simple, then pivoting, can lead to a snowball effect that takes you farther than you could ever imagine.  Think about how apple made an iPod->iPhone->iPad.

Constraints – have designers block?  Give yourself some constraints to boost your creativity.  Abraham gave a great example of using a grid with three dots on it.  Use the constraint that drawing your logo has to fit on that grid and has to include those three dots.  Giving your mind somewhere to start is so much better than looking at a blank page.

Reduce Complexity – be zen-like in all things: don’t give your customers too many options, it’s paralyzing (again, constraints are good).  If you don’t need something, get rid of it or don’t do it.  I really liked how Abraham’s business, mexrico, just did one thing: make and deliver tamales.  He started with 7 types, and reduced that to three.  You had to order 6 at a time.  It was so easy for customers – there’s no psychological weight – and it’s like the business model for Caine’s chicken fingers, it’s just drop-dead simple.  Man, I really want some tamales, now.

Out-Source – you can out-source and off-shore everything that isn’t core to your business and that you’re not great at.  Abraham shared a couple of his favorites that he used to get logo and graphic designs, and video, too: and

And finally, for funding?  Abraham swears by contract employment.  He’s been able to find renewable 1-year contracts that pay very well and include benefits, although, he warns it isn’t necessarily a fun path, but it can provide you with the cash you need to get going.