Carbon Express Arrows
First Archery Tom - Neb Public Land
Turkey
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Brotsky 11-Apr-16
Frenchman 11-Apr-16
Mad_Angler 11-Apr-16
writer 11-Apr-16
Bake 11-Apr-16
LINK 11-Apr-16
cnelk 11-Apr-16
otcWill 11-Apr-16
cnelk 11-Apr-16
midwest 11-Apr-16
HUNT MAN 11-Apr-16
drycreek 11-Apr-16
Mark Watkins 11-Apr-16
Shiras 11-Apr-16
Old School 11-Apr-16
Jaquomo 11-Apr-16
Drahthaar 11-Apr-16
cnelk 11-Apr-16
Glunt@work 11-Apr-16
Drahthaar 11-Apr-16
trkyslr 11-Apr-16
Hawkeye 13-Apr-16
Bowboy 13-Apr-16
AndyJ 13-Apr-16
Aaron Johnson 13-Apr-16
steve hay 14-Apr-16
tobinsghost 17-Apr-16
Paul@thefort 17-Apr-16
loopmtz 18-Apr-16
From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
So after missing the Neb opening weekend due to a snow storm and no electricity for 2 days, Aaron Johnson and I decided to head out Friday April 8th.

The 'work thing' got in the way of our departure until about 1pm.

Then we headed east.

It was about 5hrs to the public land we had decided to hunt.

I had never been there before, but Aaron had hunted it so we had a game plan.

We arrived about an hour before sundown, just enough time to see a few birds and drive around to see the 'lay of the land'

Near dark, we drove to some spots and 'howled' to locate some roosted birds.

We found a couple good spots and our 'game plan' was ready for Saturday morning

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
Saturday morning came and as we went to Spot 1, we found that someone had already parked there and was headed in - DANG

Spot 2 here we come!

[Always good to have multiple plans]

We got to Spot 2 - which we called Hen Crossing

And headed in toward the roost trees with a blind, decoys, chairs, and all the stuff needed to hunt turkeys

We set up about 100yds from the roosted birds in a cottonwood draw, on the edge of a nice green field.

All set up! Here we go!

Gobble Gobble!

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

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Here is an aerial visual

We were in a blind an location X1 about 100yds from the roost trees.

The field in front of us was nice and green with Winter Wheat

At 7am the birds pitched down

It was a cold morning - frosty!!

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

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Aaron gave a few yelps and we waited....

And waited...

GOBBLE GOBBLE....

Waited some more...

It was cold!

About 830am we decided to get out of the blind and go see what we could make happen since obviously the birds werent coming to the green field this morning.

We snuck down into the draw and under the roost trees and up the other side to check that area out.

THERE THEY WERE!

The gobbler was strutting under a big tree - 40yds!

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
I was about to draw and...

Well, as most of you know, turkeys dont hang around very long when they think something is amiss

And these turkeys did just that.

The rest of the day [Saturday] was spent locating birds and putting a couple unsuccessful stalks on the birds.

Not wasted time by any means as we found some great spots that are definitely over-looked by the Public Land turkey hunters.

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

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Late Saturday afternoon, we snuck back into Hen Crossing to set up for the evening.

I set up a blind on one side of the draw and Aaron set one up on the other.

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

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It was the opening weekend for the Youth Shotgun and I was glad to hear a couple shots off in the distance.

Good for them kids!

This was my view Saturday evening.

The roost trees were just off to my left about 100yds

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
As it neared evening, a gobble sounded between me and Aaron!

It was coming closer

GOBBLE GOBBLE!

Really close!

Waited...

I then heard him fly up to the roost! Somehow he got between me and Aaron :(

I peeked thru my blind window and saw him on his roost. I ranged him at 93 yds.

I waited til dark and quietly slipped out of my blind and met up with Aaron

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
As it neared evening, a gobble sounded between me and Aaron!

It was coming closer

GOBBLE GOBBLE!

Really close!

Waited...

I then heard him fly up to the roost! Somehow he got between me and Aaron :(

I peeked thru my blind window and saw him on his roost. I ranged him at 93 yds.

I waited til dark and quietly slipped out of my blind and met up with Aaron

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
Sunday morning found me back in my blind and Aaron slipped into a new spot we found on Saturday - a mile or so away.

As daylight was breaking, the gobbles started.

It was a much warmer morning. Mid-50s

Perfect

It was nearing 7am. Fly down time

I peaked thru the blind window and saw the tom starting to flex his wings

I yelped a couple times to let him know a hen was over here

7am - He pitched down!

BUT!!! Not in my direction!!!! :(

For the next few minutes all was quiet.

I wondered if he was going to make his way over to my set up

The hens were yelping occasionally. I yelped back at them - mimicking them

GOBBLE! GOBBLE!

I waited

nothing.

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

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Then he gobbled behind me, but not close.

8am

I realized they were in the green field from the previous morning!!!

I quickly took off my black jacket and quietly unzipped the blind and quietly headed to the field.

I was determined to make something happen

This is my way to the green field.

Lots of brush and downed branches - not an easy stalk for sure

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

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I near the field edge and carefully look up into the field.

THERE HE IS!!!

IN FULL STRUT!!

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
I duck down and get my range finder and ease up again, but I cant get a good reading because of some tall grass in the way.

I ease back down, pondering the distance....

30yds? 35yds?

I decided it was 35yds.

I drew my bow as I was hunched down. And I slowly stood up and settled the 'gap' of 35yds on my pins. The grass obscured my view just a bit, but it was about half way so I knew my trajectory would clear.

He noticed something wasnt right and wasnt strutting - just looking around

And the arrow was released!!!

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
TWACK!!!

The arrow hit him and he folded like a worn out lawn chair!

I nocked another arrow and got ready to shoot again if needed.

I slowly walked out to the field and saw 2 hens wondering what happened

I eased up to the tom. He still hasnt moved a twitch

I saw my arrow a few feet beyond the bird.

He flapped once and never moved again

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From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Well. That was fun!

Its only 8am and Aaron was coming back to pick me up at 1030 so I had plenty of time to take some pics...

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From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
I used my 'elk rig' since it has a proven track record.

420gr tipped with a SlickTrick

The hit was high in the breast and sure did a number

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From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
Beard measured 9 1/4"

Thats good yes?

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From: Brotsky
11-Apr-16
Great bird and story! He's a dandy! Congrats!

From: Frenchman
11-Apr-16
cool story - love the aerial maps - thanks and congrats!

From: Mad_Angler
11-Apr-16
Great story. Thanks for sharing.

From: writer
11-Apr-16
X2 what Brots said...classic spring hunt.

From: Bake
11-Apr-16
COngrats!

If I'm not mistaken, that's the same field JTreeman killed a bird last year. Except it was milo stubble then.

congrats again

From: LINK
11-Apr-16
Nice

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
@ Bake

Aaron says you should post an aerial where you shot yours last yeasr.... ha ha! :)

We went by there :)

From: otcWill
11-Apr-16
Yeah buddy! Congrats.

Still "flat line" on the turks? :)

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16
otcwill

well there is now 'blip' on the screen :)

I am still waiting for the 'magic' to happen as I never have seen a tom come strutting into a setup in front of my blind.

Both of my Neb turkeys [1 shotgun - 1 archery] have been spot & stalk.

Bottom line is its still making the shot when the opportunity - whatever that is - arises and making it happen.

There are 3 kinds of people in life.

Ones that make it happen, ones that watch it happen, and ones that wonder what happened :)

From: midwest
11-Apr-16
Man, that sure is a pretty bird....congrats again!

From: HUNT MAN
11-Apr-16
Congrats. The old turkey sneak gets another one. Hunt

From: drycreek
11-Apr-16
Cnelk, there's a fourth.

That sure is a pretty gobbler ! Congrats !

From: Mark Watkins
11-Apr-16
Awesome! Congrats!!!

Mark

From: Shiras
11-Apr-16
Nice job and good story! Way to get it done, which in the end is what counts.

11-Apr-16
Great story and really nice bird......Congrats!!!!

From: Old School
11-Apr-16
Congrats on the hunt Brad. Took my first NE Merriams a few years back - but with a shotgun. Maybe someday with a bow.

--Mitch

From: Jaquomo
11-Apr-16
Great job, Brad!

You should heed TBM's advice since it seems you have a lot of trouble calling in elk! ;-)

From: Drahthaar
11-Apr-16
Way to get it done. what kind of pop up blind is that? I like those vertical windows . Forrest

From: cnelk
11-Apr-16

cnelk's Link
Here is the blind I use.

Ameristep Bone Collector - see link

From: Glunt@work
11-Apr-16

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Congrats! I took this pic out there shortly after explaining to my daughter that there really isn't anything in Nebraska that could hurt you in the woods.

From: Drahthaar
11-Apr-16
cnelk, Thanks. Forrest

From: trkyslr
11-Apr-16
Congrats on your first!

From: Hawkeye
13-Apr-16
Congrats!

From: Bowboy
13-Apr-16
Congrats!

From: AndyJ
13-Apr-16
Great story! Congrats Brad!

13-Apr-16
Had a fun time my friend. Let's do it again!

From: steve hay
14-Apr-16
Enjoyed your story. Nebraska turkeys have provided a lot of enjoyment to a lot of NR and resident bow hunters for many years. Hope this will continue for many more years.

From: tobinsghost
17-Apr-16
Congrats on getting it done.

We may have been one of those shotgun blasts!

I love Nebraska for the youth turkey and deer seasons, probably not as much as my Son tho.

From: Paul@thefort
17-Apr-16
Good going Brad and Aaron.

paul

From: loopmtz
18-Apr-16
Sweet!

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