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Contributors to this thread:
Paul@thefort 25-Feb-21
JohnMC 25-Feb-21
WV Mountaineer 25-Feb-21
Huntcell 25-Feb-21
Dino 25-Feb-21
t-roy 26-Feb-21
hawkeye in PA 26-Feb-21
Dollar 26-Feb-21
altitude sick 26-Feb-21
Whocares 26-Feb-21
Brotsky 26-Feb-21
midwest 26-Feb-21
bigswivle 26-Feb-21
Dale06 26-Feb-21
Supernaut 26-Feb-21
Old School 26-Feb-21
Bowbender 26-Feb-21
bigswivle 26-Feb-21
Jeff Holchin 26-Feb-21
t-roy 26-Feb-21
drycreek 26-Feb-21
Paul@thefort 26-Feb-21
bigswivle 26-Feb-21
t-roy 26-Feb-21
Dollar 26-Feb-21
midwest 26-Feb-21
t-roy 26-Feb-21
Dollar 26-Feb-21
Brotsky 26-Feb-21
12yards 26-Feb-21
Paul@thefort 26-Feb-21
WV Mountaineer 26-Feb-21
Jaquomo 26-Feb-21
skipmaster1 26-Feb-21
Jims 27-Feb-21
jstephens61 27-Feb-21
Dollar 27-Feb-21
t-roy 27-Feb-21
Drahthaar 27-Feb-21
Paul@thefort 27-Feb-21
Realwarrior 27-Feb-21
'Ike' (Phone) 27-Feb-21
sasquatch 28-Feb-21
Timbrhuntr 28-Feb-21
olebuck 01-Mar-21
Scoot 01-Mar-21
Timbrhuntr 01-Mar-21
PECO 01-Mar-21
t-roy 01-Mar-21
jcneng 01-Mar-21
t-roy 01-Mar-21
Paul@thefort 04-Mar-21
Timbrhuntr 04-Mar-21
Scoot 04-Mar-21
Brotsky 04-Mar-21
Scoot 04-Mar-21
Teeton 05-Mar-21
Rut Nut 05-Mar-21
Grunt-N-Gobble 05-Mar-21
SIP 05-Mar-21
SIP 05-Mar-21
Rut Nut 05-Mar-21
Djl 08-Mar-21
goelk 08-Mar-21
No Mercy 08-Mar-21
Brotsky 08-Mar-21
midwest 08-Mar-21
Ermine 08-Mar-21
Paul@thefort 08-Mar-21
Jasper 09-Mar-21
Missouribreaks 09-Mar-21
DL 09-Mar-21
Jasper 09-Mar-21
From: Paul@thefort
25-Feb-21

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Man, I can not wait until turkey season starts so we can all get back on "TARGET". I will be in Nebraska for the archery opener. How about you?

From: JohnMC
25-Feb-21

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If the S.O.B. in NE don’t kick us out again!

25-Feb-21
WV for me. Spring gobbler hunting is the best. I love it.

From: Huntcell
25-Feb-21
Thats like March 25th Nebraska Archery?

From: Dino
25-Feb-21
We can’t get across the border...so I will be here, another year of turkey hunting missed. :( We will live vicariously through guys like you Paul.

From: t-roy
26-Feb-21
Was gonna try and kill a couple of Cali birds during P&Y in Reno, but that got fubarred, so now hopefully I’ll get a crack at some Nebraska birds around opening weekend with a buddy out there. After that , possibly head to Oklahoma for a few days there, before Iowa’s season opens up.

26-Feb-21
I'll be hunting in Pennsylvania, can't wait. They have been teasing me almost every day, gobbling and feeding in the yard. Most will be long gone before the opener though.

From: Dollar
26-Feb-21

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24 hours and the games begin here in Florida

26-Feb-21
Definitely Paul, I love calling them for others.

Also I’m going to try without a blind and with a stickbow. Using the gillie suit I made this winter. I’ve done it with a compound. Now for a stickbow

From: Whocares
26-Feb-21
Last Spring Nebraska wouldn't let us come down to hunt at some certain date if we hadn't already purchased a license ahead of time. Is that restriction lifted for this year or any word on that??

From: Brotsky
26-Feb-21

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Probably shoot one on opening day, then get one for each family member. Then figure out what to do with the rest of the weekend. :)

From: midwest
26-Feb-21
Going to take some time off and head down to southern Iowa for some turkey hunting and deer scouting in April. Looking forward to some Spring weather and gobbling birds!

From: bigswivle
26-Feb-21
They’re pretty vocal down here now. I’ve still got a couple weeks

From: Dale06
26-Feb-21
I’ll be in western Nebraska for the opener.

From: Supernaut
26-Feb-21
Paul, best of luck to you and all the other gobbler chasers!

I'll be hunting them around home here in PA. I was never really much of a turkey hunter until just a couple years. I'm still trying to kill a gobbler with my recurve and it's been fun trying. Hopefully it will come together this spring but either way it will be great to be out after them.

From: Old School
26-Feb-21
Will be in the hills and hollers of Missouri on opening morning.

From: Bowbender
26-Feb-21
End of April seems a looooong time away. But a morning of chasing turkeys followed by an afternoon of chasing trout is a damn fine way to spend the day!!

From: bigswivle
26-Feb-21

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This guy is still alive. Saw him last weekend of deer season. 12” +beard and 1 1/2+ spurs.
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This guy is still alive. Saw him last weekend of deer season. 12” +beard and 1 1/2+ spurs.

From: Jeff Holchin
26-Feb-21
My son and I plan to try NE for the first time this spring.

From: t-roy
26-Feb-21
Bigswivle....... looks like he’d keep tripping over that thing. Those Osceolas seem to be really long legged. Most other subspecies beard lengths seem to average around 9”-10” on mature birds. Do the average beard lengths on Osceolas average about the same as other subspecies, or a bit longer? Another question would be, are they actually longer legged, or just seem to look that way?

From: drycreek
26-Feb-21
I hope our flock near Post, Texas survived the polar votex of mid-February. It gold cold enough to freeze my wattles off ! ;-)

From: Paul@thefort
26-Feb-21
Showing results for do osceola turkeys have longer legs than other turkeys.

Osceola turkeys also have more iridescent green and red hints in the feathers than the eastern subspecies found in northern Florida and the east coast of the U.S. Those darker colors and longer legs of the Osceola turkey make them better adapted to survive in Florida's varied habitats.Nov 20, 2018

From: bigswivle
26-Feb-21
T-Roy

Typically our birds have longer beards I think. Older turkeys here get great hooks to. I’ve killed several birds with 1 3/4 spurs. Love this long hooks. They might only weigh 16lbs tho. Lol

From: t-roy
26-Feb-21
Interesting.....Thanks Conner & Paul!

I’m kinda partial to long hooks, as well. 1 5/8” is the best I’ve done (Eastern)

From: Dollar
26-Feb-21

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This is what south Florida is known for Almost 2 1/4" spurs

From: midwest
26-Feb-21
Damn!

From: t-roy
26-Feb-21
Holy smokes, Dollar!

From: Dollar
26-Feb-21

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After last season getting cut short,only really hunted the first week.There should be quite a few birds closer to those spurs than the average 1 1/4" we have.

From: Brotsky
26-Feb-21

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I think I speak for my Jake decoy when I say I’m very glad our spurs are more like this than like Dollar’s! Yikes!

From: 12yards
26-Feb-21

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Just ordered one of these. Are they any good?

From: Paul@thefort
26-Feb-21
don't see why not. Combine that with a semi aggressive jake decoy and maybe a feeding hen or two, and WAMB BANG, = dead TOM

26-Feb-21
Those spurs really changes things when “gettin’ on one”while it’s flopping after the shot.

From: Jaquomo
26-Feb-21
Whocares, no problem with Nebraska anymore. We were in Norfolk a couple days ago and nobody was wearing masks. Not even the wait staff at restaurants.

From: skipmaster1
26-Feb-21

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I’ll most likely be in VT chasing them with a recurve.

From: Jims
27-Feb-21
I don't know about everyone else but last year was a wash with covid going on....and traveling. I plan on making up for it this year! Good luck to everyone!

From: jstephens61
27-Feb-21
In Illinois 4/17-22 then on to Spokane for turkey and Idaho bear.

From: Dollar
27-Feb-21

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Well today went smooth had two at 40 yds this morning just a little out of this young mans range with his youth 20ga.So this afternoon we switched to a 12ga and the bird came in under 30yds. Not a bow kill but he'll be slinging arrows next year.

From: t-roy
27-Feb-21
Congrats to your son, Dollar!

From: Drahthaar
27-Feb-21
Dollar , Awesome for the young man. What part of Florida do you hunt ? I used to trade a deer hunt for a Turkey , hog hunt in Cape Canaveral, fun hunting. Forrest

From: Paul@thefort
27-Feb-21
great way to start off the season.

From: Realwarrior
27-Feb-21
I'm thinking hard about the last 5 days of Nebraska archery before gun starts... depends on the Weather.

27-Feb-21
Soon, very soon...

From: sasquatch
28-Feb-21

From: Timbrhuntr
28-Feb-21
This will be my second year missing my annual trip to Nebraska and several other states. I can't even hunt here because I hunt on an island and they have restricted all travel except residents and essentials. It sucks and I ain't getting any younger. Being a retired fiefighter its was just a matter of time to for the big C and last year was it. Thankfully after several operations and radiation they think they got it due to an early detection but you never know which sucks even more ! Well enough crying in my beer good luck guys I'll be looking forward to the stories of thunder in the spring !!

From: olebuck
01-Mar-21
I bought my Nebraska Tags today.... i plan to be there 3/25 for the opener...

From: Scoot
01-Mar-21
Timber- good luck with recovery! I hope you get out and chase turkeys for many years to come.

I'll be helping several buddies and their kids in ND early in April. After that, we've got a few MN tags to deal with. I'm excited to get out! Going to try shoot one with my dad's recurve this spring. I'm pretty terrible with it, but getting better!

From: Timbrhuntr
01-Mar-21
Thanks Scoot and good luck with the recurve it took me seven years of trying to get one with a compound lol I doubt your that bad ;)

From: PECO
01-Mar-21
Agree.

From: t-roy
01-Mar-21
Scoot.....If you kill one with your recurve, will you still talk me;-)

From: jcneng
01-Mar-21
I will be in western NE for the archery opener. Until then I need to kill a few snows out that way! Does anybody else think that $128 is ridiculous for a tag? Yet a non-resident can shoot two does for $70!?

From: t-roy
01-Mar-21

From: Paul@thefort
04-Mar-21
Hey Jeff, if you were a non resident turkey hunter, hunting Colorado, the cost of one tag is, $157.77 and then add in a HS for $ 10.40. I use to purchase three tags in Neb when they were 98$, but now will only buy two tags. I use my Nebraska HS also for deer. Still a good deal when compared with other hunting expenses.

From: Timbrhuntr
04-Mar-21
Ya Michigan is 160 bucks to hunt one turkey and don't even look at Iowa lol

From: Scoot
04-Mar-21
"Scoot.....If you kill one with your recurve, will you still talk me;-)"

Hell... I hardly talk to you already!!! :) I doubt I'll become a traditional archery snob- it's just something I've wanted to do with my dad's bow for a while now. Feels like a nice tribute to him. The way my practice sessions are going you don't need to worry about me not talking to you- the turkeys are pretty safe.

From: Brotsky
04-Mar-21
Make sure you can shoot it out of the blind Scoot. I cannot make mine work in there, especially my longbow. I know I could kill one easy with my longbow but I hit the damn roof.

t-roy, he'll still talk to you. He'll just tell you to get off his lawn!

From: Scoot
04-Mar-21
Good point, Justin. I'll check it out!

From: Teeton
05-Mar-21
I'll be out in Pa bow in hand. Our opener is right around first Saturday in May. First two weeks you can only hunt till noon, after that all day. About 15 years ago I found a perfect spot for a bow setup. It's a side hill with big hemlock and beach trees, below a field and then another side hill. Where I setup the woods come to a point with a grow pasture on one side and a field on the other and a big field at the point that has a round knob in it. I often see birds right on that knob strutting. The birds almost always come up by me and I'm in a blind right at the point. I've had birds come many of times just out of range in the early hours and walk away with hens. Say 6-7 am. I learned not to move from my spot, as many of times 2, 3 or 4 hours later, not a gobble in that time frame, till they are many or times a couple hundred yards away. The same birds show back up sometimes hens and most time not and come right up the point, coming right by me looking for me and/or just going to that round knob. I can say I hear birds there probably 90% of the time, see them 60%. Last year I only hunted there twice opening day, a bird for me, next time same thing.. Love that spot. Ed

From: Rut Nut
05-Mar-21
I'll be out in PA with another Bowsiter trying to get my first bird with the bow.........................unless he forgets the blind!(AGAIN! ;-)

05-Mar-21
I'll be out with my son during PA's youth day and then the regular season thereafter. Gotta get him one, my dad one and myself 2. I hunt every day b4 work most of the season even if it's only for an hour or less. But I go after them with my shotgun cause I love it! I load my own shells and it's just my thing.

From: SIP
05-Mar-21
Rut Nut....free labor usually aint good labor. Maybe show up with some cash and things will go different....;^)

From: SIP
05-Mar-21
Grunt, i love hunting them with the bow. But i dont notice my heart pounding much less when they gobble and strut in when i have ol ‘Nelli shouldered. Deer hunting is just a different kind of exciting with bow in hand. But for me, turkey hunting is as much about the atmosphere and all the things the spring woods give you when you are willing to be out there at first light as it is about the thrill of bowhunting. Even without a weapon and calling for someone else, its just.....a special blessing to my soul.

From: Rut Nut
05-Mar-21
LOL! You know I’m just a poor ol’ country boy ................. ;-)

From: Djl
08-Mar-21

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This shot puts them down fast.
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This shot puts them down fast.
Gobbling hard for last couple weeks in MN. Getting closer.

From: goelk
08-Mar-21
Hey Paul Traditional or Wheel this year Good luck everyone

From: No Mercy
08-Mar-21

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Look at those red heads from this morning. Counting the days!!

From: Brotsky
08-Mar-21
Getting fired up! Saw two toms scrapping the other day. Definitely getting close!

From: midwest
08-Mar-21
The Hunting Public boys are in Osceola country right now. Interested in seeing how they do.

From: Ermine
08-Mar-21
Spring is a great time of the year

From: Paul@thefort
08-Mar-21
Hey Rick, I have two Neb tags. how about the first one with the wheels and the second with the stick.

From: Jasper
09-Mar-21
Best of luck Paul and everyone! I’m hoping to get a Rio and Merriam toward my slam attempt this spring. Headed to OK, KS, WY and SD

09-Mar-21
Every day is great!

From: DL
09-Mar-21

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I leave on the 23rd of April for the Yucatán to hunt Ocellated turkeys and great Currasow.

From: Jasper
09-Mar-21
That should be a great adventure Dave! Good luck!

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