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Just Messin’ with the Turkeys

Okay, today I had more fun than should be allowed spring wild turkey hunting! I continue to do what I call are observation sessions with wild turkeys (even though I am toting crossbow equipment, calls, etc. to perhaps bag a gobbler if I feel like it during this archery period). I have purchased all three of my Nebraska spring wild turkey hunting permits and habitat stamp and know full well the season is a long one with outstanding numbers of birds! Look below, here’s a scene from my turkey woods in northern Douglas County today! How many turkeys can you count?

My wife Polly believes I’m really not huntin’ but just messin’ with those turkeys! She says I am choosing not to shoot a gobbler yet is because I am trying to get out of doing work around the house, work in the yard and work with the garden. Well, maybe so, wink, wink. But let me tell you if you’ve never experienced being up close to these birds, sitting as motionless as possible along woodland edges in complete camouflage clothing from head to toe, no blind, no decoys, but using a few calls, it’s truly a riot! To me, spring wild turkey hunting is pure addiction — it is my favorite hunt, my favorite window to nature. See the reasons why through my photos from today’s outing. By the way, who says wild turkeys aren’t uniquely beautiful birds, huh, huh?

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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