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Nebraska Turkey - What to expect and plan for #13783096 04/30/19
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I'm a "novice" turkey hunter that's killed a few mountain Merriam birds, but I'm far, FAR from being an expert. The birds that I have killed pretty much boil down to getting lucky, and I honestly can't say that my turkey hunting skills have helped me at all. Right time, right place. So, I have a couple questions for the more seasoned crowd. I will be hunting turkeys in the neighborhood of Broken Bow next month (May 15-22) & I'm wondering what to expect... will the turkeys still be actively gobbling on the roost and/or on the ground? What are the best calling/decoy strategies? Sit in a ground blind all day? etc.

I also plan to try killing one with my bow (if I can get one first with the shotgun)... any special considerations with that?

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Re: Nebraska Turkey - What to expect and plan for [Re: ELKiller] #13783157 04/30/19
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The only thing I can say is I never had much luck calling that late in the season as they have been hunted a bunch and pretty much over called. Usually that late I tried to find where they roosted at night then set up in a ground blind with a couple of decoys where I thought they might go on the fly down or to feed. It’s mostly luck after 5 to 6 weeks of season. Good luck to you.



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I have actually had better results that time of the season than earlier. More Hens nesting and more stable weather. Snowing out there right now

Re: Nebraska Turkey - What to expect and plan for [Re: ELKiller] #13794101 05/04/19
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Thank you for the comments, gentlemen. We'll be hunting private property & I'm told that the birds haven't had too much pressure, so I have my fingers crossed. Considering the relatively low bird densities in Colorado, compared to Nebraska, I'm thinking that even a "bad" hunt will still be great.

Re: Nebraska Turkey - What to expect and plan for [Re: ELKiller] #13799746 05/07/19
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You will have a blast. NE is loaded with birds. We've always had good luck later in the season as well. With your shotgun, run and gun a little and find a fired up bird. Don't be afraid to use your woodsmanship skills and make a move if need be. Those birds are typically very vocal and will gobble a lot. Use that to your advantage if they won't come in. The bow is a totally different game and I recommend blind and a decoy for that. Find a good strut zone or set up in the dark near a roost and set out some decoys. Keep the decoys very close, 5-8 yards or so. Thump him when he's distracted by the decoy or if he turns while in strut. Turn your poundage down a little and make sure you can hit at 10 yards. You will be good to go. NE is a great state to turkey hunt and a great state to try your hand with a bow since there are so many birds. If you screw one up, just find another one. Good Luck!

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Re: Nebraska Turkey - What to expect and plan for [Re: ELKiller] #13818054 05/13/19
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The turkey numbers are way down in NE. Lots of theories, but the lack of birds is a fact. Been hunting there for many years and have never seen so few. A couple of the state biologists I met last week said they don't expect a decent recovery for several years. They're doing habitat improvement projects, mainly controlled burns to try to help.


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