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Another Great Gobbler Experience in Nebraska!

I was fortunate enough to have another great gobbler experience this weekend here in Nebraska and was even able to bag yet another bearded bird in northern Douglas County yesterday!

I had to really work to bag this adult gobbler with his thick 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.

The toms were active but the birds were pretty well bunched up probably due to the weather. It’s frustrating when those big toms have their girlfriends (hens) right around them! It’s hard to compete with the real thing, you know. What’s even harder is to shoot photos and then try to shoot a gobbler. There are always challenges and that’s what the hunt is all about! Here are some views to share from the blind window when the turkey scenario unfolded and before I eventually shot my bird.

With a slate call a rolling and decoys out, I got one gobbler interested in rounding up some additional girlfriends (hens) beyond those he had around him!

Here’s a quick photo I snapped of him prior to the shot as he slowly made his way into the low-grass clearing on the edge of the woods toward the decoys for a safe shot.

I ended up putting most of the birds, mainly hens, to bed (roost) near the blind in the evening completing another great gobbler experience!

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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