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Contributors to this thread:
JohnMC 24-Jan-24
JohnMC 24-Jan-24
JohnMC 24-Jan-24
Scoot 24-Jan-24
Tejas 24-Jan-24
bluedog 24-Jan-24
Charlie Rehor 24-Jan-24
ahunter55 24-Jan-24
hobbes 24-Jan-24
Bowfreak 24-Jan-24
Paul@thefort 24-Jan-24
t-roy 24-Jan-24
cnelk 24-Jan-24
Aspen Ghost 24-Jan-24
PA Bones 24-Jan-24
WV Mountaineer 24-Jan-24
midwest 24-Jan-24
Jaquomo 24-Jan-24
HUNT MAN 24-Jan-24
spike78 24-Jan-24
grizzley21 24-Jan-24
JohnMC 24-Jan-24
Aspen Ghost 24-Jan-24
Beav 25-Jan-24
JohnMC 25-Jan-24
Jaquomo 25-Jan-24
JohnMC 25-Jan-24
Lewis 25-Jan-24
cnelk 25-Jan-24
sheds 25-Jan-24
scentman 25-Jan-24
Beav 25-Jan-24
Will 25-Jan-24
Shiloh 26-Jan-24
Brotsky 26-Jan-24
midwest 26-Jan-24
bowhunt 27-Jan-24
Tejas 27-Jan-24
TonyBear 27-Jan-24
PECO2 28-Jan-24
bowhunt 28-Jan-24
jcurri 28-Jan-24
midwest 28-Jan-24
fuzzy 28-Jan-24
fuzzy 28-Jan-24
midwest 28-Jan-24
otcWill 28-Jan-24
fuzzy 28-Jan-24
fuzzy 28-Jan-24
jcurri 28-Jan-24
midwest 28-Jan-24
Grey Ghost 28-Jan-24
fuzzy 28-Jan-24
Jasper 28-Jan-24
t-roy 08-Apr-24
From: JohnMC
24-Jan-24

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I know it is not politics so forgive me, but I was out yesterday and watched some toms acting like they are beginning to think of spring and start figuring out who going to be the alpha bird. Nebraska turkey starts March 25th. I am ready for some longer days, warmer weather, and to chase some turkeys. Last year I killed one with my homemade bow mounted decoy. This I have bought a Ultimate Predator Decoy. Plan on leaving blind and Dave Smith decoys at home or at least in the truck and chase them with the decoy on the bow. Only about 2 months!

From: JohnMC
24-Jan-24

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No strutting yet

From: JohnMC
24-Jan-24

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Went looking for eagles and found some turkeys and these guys. Might be a fun hobby to get into if I was afraid to break my neck.

From: Scoot
24-Jan-24
A little ice fishing and a lot of volleyball and basketball games to go to between now and then, but I'm starting to look forward to chasing turkeys!

From: Tejas
24-Jan-24
Bring it….spring time in the turkey woods is awesome!

From: bluedog
24-Jan-24
As always I enjoy your pictures John. Thanks.

24-Jan-24
Still deer season but Turks and Bears aren’t that far away.

From: ahunter55
24-Jan-24

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I'm not a big fan of Turkey bowhunting but have arrowed a couple. My G-son took his 1st last year & was thrilled. SO, I passed all my calls, blind & other Turkey things to him. I do have a Turkey, bird hunting dear friend I made thru bowhunting years ago. He has his Nebraska plans made. Last year he arrowed 2 there (public land) & another in Ks & 2 in his home state (4 bow, 1 shotgun). 2022 he arrowed 5 Turkeys & all long beards in 3 states.. I say he's not right in the head.

From: hobbes
24-Jan-24
Great photos. I especially like the opening photo.

From: Bowfreak
24-Jan-24
Short and simple….yes!

From: Paul@thefort
24-Jan-24

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I have killed over 75 Toms the the bow. So why not one more!

From: t-roy
24-Jan-24
It’ll be here before you know it! I’ve seen (and gotten a lot of trail cam videos) of good numbers of birds this fall. It’s potentially looking promising for this spring. Trapped around 20 coons this winter, and am planning on trying to catch a pile more early this spring to hopefully help with nesting turks and pheasants.

From: cnelk
24-Jan-24

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Season starts April 20 at my Wyo cabin. Can’t wait!

If you haven’t already been invited, don’t bother asking ;)

From: Aspen Ghost
24-Jan-24
Nebraska Nonresident turkey permits are almost sold out. If you want one you better buy one right now.

From: PA Bones
24-Jan-24
Heading to Florida end of March to hunt Osceola turkeys for the first time. Can’t wait!

24-Jan-24
I am.

From: midwest
24-Jan-24
Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota for my turkey tour this Spring. Stoked!

From: Jaquomo
24-Jan-24
Nikki Haley got 43.3% in the primary, in case anyone was wondering.

Just trying to get this thread on track. Too much hunting talk!

From: HUNT MAN
24-Jan-24

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This kid is ready.

From: spike78
24-Jan-24
Not seeing the numbers here like I used to. I shot one last year but that was about the only Tom I heard in a few spots. May just go for some big Crappie this spring.

From: grizzley21
24-Jan-24

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making my own turkey calls for the upcoming spring season, alot of fun making them and than trying to get a gobbler with it,,,,,,,

From: JohnMC
24-Jan-24
Thanks Aspen, saved me sitting on bench. An hour ago 135 or 10,000 left. Bet none left in morning.

From: Aspen Ghost
24-Jan-24
You are welcome John! Down to 112 at 8:15 PM Central time. They will be gone fast!

From: Beav
25-Jan-24

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Can't wait!

From: JohnMC
25-Jan-24
Always liked that picture Beav

From: Jaquomo
25-Jan-24
That is a classic, Beav!

From: JohnMC
25-Jan-24

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If you are planning on turkey hunting in NE as a non resident and have not bought a tag, better find a plan B

From: Lewis
25-Jan-24
Can’t wait either I’ll start in Florida then Tennessee and then Mo. Good luck all Lewis

From: cnelk
25-Jan-24
I sure wish Colorado would follow what Neb did with NonRes Big Game sales

From: sheds
25-Jan-24

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One of my favorite pursuits, my late son and me with his first bow kill when he was 12, about 19 years ago. So many memories in the turkey woods.

From: scentman
25-Jan-24
Sheds, sorry for your loss... one thing for sure, a couple of handsome fellas. scentman

From: Beav
25-Jan-24
Sheds I can't imagine. Hold on to the great memories and that looks like one of the best.

From: Will
25-Jan-24
Several months to go for us, but cant wait to chase thunder chickens.

From: Shiloh
26-Jan-24
Finally drew Delaware and excited to get up there for a few days.

From: Brotsky
26-Jan-24
I'm just excited to carry around all of Midwest's gear again this spring. If I'm lucky I'll get to carry half of Treeman's too.

From: midwest
26-Jan-24
No idea what you're talking about, Justin. ;-)

27-Jan-24
I saw a mature bird today. Getting gravel Huge beard and spurs

From: bowhunt
27-Jan-24
Do many of you guys hunt them run and gun style? I think that’s what you would call it.

Covering ground to locate one, and then close the distance call it in.

A buddy said he used to hunt them basically like hunting elk in the rut.

Sounded pretty fun.

From: Tejas
27-Jan-24
^^^^^best way to hunt them IMO!

From: TonyBear
27-Jan-24
Yep, some on the driveway earlier this week, my friend at the farm showed me a picture of about 50 birds. Probably the same group I saw last time in Hunted in Dec.

28-Jan-24
Run and gun in an area you don’t know. Is the most exciting. Even for eastern birds, which can be a bit more challenging. Hunting them on my place is an ambush proposition. Since I know exactly where the roost. And can guess which way at least one group will head. Of course I still don’t kill one every hunt. But it’s no where near as challenging or fun as Run and Gun.

The South east US is my favorite place for that style. They are cagey birds so not too easy.

Out west in the mountains you have to run and gun. they are spread out.

The plaines from Texas to Nebraska Etc they are more visible and Hear them so more easily found.

From: PECO2
28-Jan-24
Thank you for the great pictures and an actual hunting post! It's core ice fishing season. Turkey season not until the middle of April here. Around the middle of March I'll start getting ready.

From: bowhunt
28-Jan-24
Yeah, this would be in NE Oregon. Fairly certain My buddy will draw a spring bear tag in a unit where I’ve seen some Turkeys on other bear hunts.

Any tips/tactics for that style of turkey hunting?

From: jcurri
28-Jan-24

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Can't wait!

From: midwest
28-Jan-24
Great pic, jcurri!

From: fuzzy
28-Jan-24
Mid April here. IMO sprung eastern wild turkey is not a good fit for bowhunting so it'll be shotgun for me. I love fall hunting turkeys with bow.

From: fuzzy
28-Jan-24
Mid April here. IMO spring eastern wild turkey is not a good fit for bowhunting so it'll be shotgun for me. I love fall hunting turkeys with bow.

From: midwest
28-Jan-24
"IMO sprung eastern wild turkey is not a good fit for bowhunting..."

Say what???

From: otcWill
28-Jan-24

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Never have any fun turkey hunting ;)

From: fuzzy
28-Jan-24
Midwest read the "IMO" part. Lol

From: fuzzy
28-Jan-24
Midwest I'm not sure if you have easterns in Iowa or what sort of terrain you hunt, but in the Appalachians if you're not using a blind, and you just set up and call its darned tough to call in a bird and get away with drawing and getting on target for the shot. The bird is mature, wary and he knows exactly where the "hen" is calling from. He has superman vision and he's already suspicious about the hen not coming to him. One tiny out of place movement and he's gone.

From: jcurri
28-Jan-24
The Easterns on my farm are opposite of Fuzzy's. I could probably kill one with a golf club

From: midwest
28-Jan-24
Yes, we have easterns. I hunt small pieces. If I did run and gun, I'd have all the birds blown off the property in about 10 minutes. I've only killed a couple birds outside of a blind.

From: Grey Ghost
28-Jan-24
I stopped hunting them on my place a few years ago because they became too easy to kill, and the population was dropping. Now their numbers are improving, but I still won’t hunt them this year. I just enjoy watching and hearing them these days.

Matt

From: fuzzy
28-Jan-24
I love getting different perspectives. I can count on the fingers of my left hand the times I've hunted from a portable blind. And I'm missing a finger on my left hand. Lol

From: Jasper
28-Jan-24

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Great pic HUNT! Man, I love turkey hunting. Gonna hunt em in Texas, Georgia, WV and possibly Florida. Love to eat em too!

From: t-roy
08-Apr-24

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Opening day here in about 7 hours. Hoping this guy’s brood mate shows up in the morning.

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