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Time in the Blind
Time in the Blind

It’s now the middle of May. Spring turkey season in Nebraska is entering its final weeks.  I have already spent a good number of hours in a ground blind – mostly with members of my family – and I hope to spend several more in the days to come.  For sheer excitement the portable blinds cannot compete with sitting at the base of a tree as a gobbler closes in, but they do give a person plenty of time to do some thinking and talking with the others that share the same space.  This may or may not be a good thing. Take for example the list of recent ground blind conversations I have had…

  • How do portable ground blinds pop up so fast at home and so much slower at your hunting spot?
  • Why is there a direct relationship between how late you are and how long it takes to set up the blind?
  • Who ever thought green apple was a good flavor for jelly beans?
  • Is throwing green apple jelly beans out the window considered baiting?
  • Why are all snacks wrapped in the noisiest, shiniest material known on earth?
  • If Nebraska is so flat, why is the ground under my chair never level?
  • Do people get more boogers in one nostril or the same in both?
  • When did turkeys become so anti-social?
  • How can the decoys you placed so far away in the dark be rubbing the blind in the daylight?
  • Will a meadow vole eat a s’mores flavored pop tart?
    Yes. A vole will eat pop tarts
    Yes. A vole will eat pop tarts

As you can see, some very deep issues. But I wouldn’t trade the time I spend in the spring woods with friends and family for anything…


About Aaron Hershberger

Aaron "hershy" Hershberger is an Outdoor Education Specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He loves being outdoors. When not outdoors he is day-dreaming about being outdoors and/or whining that he is not outdoors. Hershy has been a Hunter Education Instructor, in two states, for nearly three decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for over 20 years.

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