Nebraska Success, Black Hills Bust.. (pic heavy)

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Nebraska Success, Black Hills Bust.. (pic heavy)

Unread postby cornfedkiller » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:09 am

Since Im on break from school right now, I spent the last week and a half chasin some turkeys out of state…Had a little success, and also had some letdowns, but that’s part of hunting!

I started out with a trip to Nebraska with my stepdad. We ran into snow and rain on the way down there, and we were going to spend most of the afternoon scouting and getting set up, but because of the weather, we were unable to do anything besides drive around and look at a few of the properties we can hunt. Since we didn’t have a roost located, we deiced to sleep in a little Saturday morning, and just try to get onto some birds once the hens left the toms.

Here is what it looked like when we rolled into town..

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The snow let up after a little while, but the wind kept blowing 35+mph and it made a sloppy mess out of everything!

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In the morning, the weather was awesome, and I got out and hit a few crow calls to see if I could locate a few birds, and immediately had a couple different toms gobble at me from multiple directions. I set up kinda between all of them along a fence-line and got ready. Within a few minutes, I heard something behind me, and Im not sure why, but I just nonchalantly looked out the back window of my blind and had two toms standing about 4 feet away..i think they scared me just as much as I scared them, and they spooked. About 10 mins later, I had another tom come in from another direction but saw something he didn’t like in the setup and kinda strayed off to the side of the setup. I took about a 25 yard shot, but didn’t feel good about it and ended up missing…I was a little disappointed, but had high hopes because the birds were around, talking, and responding. I had a few toms come in and hang up out of range in the afternoon, but no luck.

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The following morning I had a few toms responding to me, and called in a group of three toms. As soon as they saw Bubba (my Killer-B decoy), it was game over. They all immediately began strutting, and headed over to try and get a piece of Bubba. They were all about the same size, so I picked the easiest shot and put it right in the boiler room. First bird ever, and I got it with my bow!

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I didn’t weigh him, but he had an 8 ½” beard and ¾” spurs. Definitely not the biggest bird, but I’ll take him for a first bird!!

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I came home for a few days and then a couple friends and I headed out to the Black Hills. I had really high hopes for this trip because I had heard that the Hills were awesome turkey hunting. We got there and did a little driving around and scouting, and were able to find a couple birds feeding in the afternoon out in a pasture. We talked to locals and they said the numbers were way down, hardly any birds had been shot, and the only place to find birds were pastures because of the late spring. We unsuccessfully tried to locate a roost Friday night, and then got back in the woods before light Saturday morning to hear if we could hear any birds talking on the roost..again, unsuccessfully. We spent a lot of time driving around trying to locate birds and tried setting up a few places and calling some in…all unsuccessful as well.

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Sunday morning, on our way to another spot we had heard was good, we found huge groups of birds in pastures, and decided to ask for permission. We were unable to get onto any of those properties, but got permission for some other properties in the areas…but still ended up with no encounters. The toms were strutting like crazy, but all henned up, pretty much silent, and completely unresponsive to calls. It was very discouraging, but I guess that’s how it goes.

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Thanks for reading (I know it was a long story), and I hope you enjoyed the pictures!
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Re: Nebraska Success, Black Hills Bust.. (pic heavy)

Unread postby DropTyne » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:21 am

Way to go! I have been hunting them for a while but still haven't tried the bow yet. No matter what the outcome it is always great to be watching and chasing wildlife!
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Unread postby JRM6868 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:33 am

Thanks for sharing. Great recap and pics. Congrats on the bird! 8-)
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Unread postby Black Squirrel » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:35 am

Thanks for all the pics! 8-)
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Unread postby Dewey » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:47 am

Now that's alot of birds!! :shock:
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Unread postby cornfedkiller » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:56 am

Dewey wrote:Now that's alot of birds!! :shock:


Yeah the amount of birds in those pastures and in the yard was absolutely insane! Unfortunately for us, thats about the only place they were! Haha

Because the weather has been so crappy out there this spring, nothing is really greened up yet and the bugs arent around yet, the only real food sources are out in the pastures where there are bugs on the cowpies.

One of the landowners nearby said they had heard there was around 1000 birds in those pastures the week before. :shock:
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Re: Nebraska Success, Black Hills Bust.. (pic heavy)

Unread postby Haus86 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:41 am

Great first bird, congrats!
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Unread postby BackWoodsHunter » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:38 am

Congrats dude great stories and hard hunting congrats on the kill too! Awesome pics! 8-)
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Unread postby Mountain Man » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:32 am

Congrats on the bird and thanks for sharing the story and pics. It sounds like you had a good time.
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Unread postby Singing Bridge » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:13 am

congrats on that bird, sounds like you had a great hunt overall! 8-)
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Unread postby cornfedkiller » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:35 pm

Thanks for the congrats fellas! I will put the full story of the successful hunt in the turkey contest thread..

I have some video as well..I didnt get the shot on film, but pretty close (dang camera wasnt close enough to the window), but I some footage I'll put together and upload it when I get a chance..
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Unread postby muddy » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:43 pm

Nice pics. If you go back next year and want to share cost with someone let me know, Merriams are in my crosshairs!

I'll take you for Rios and I've got a DYNAMITE spot!

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Unread postby magicman54494 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Congrats!
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Unread postby lungbuster » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Awesome! 8-)


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