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Lock, Stock and Bedlam

Wearing Your Life Jacket to Work This Friday Kicks off Boating Safety Week

Friday, May 17th, is National Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day.  Show your friends and colleagues your outdoor side and strap on a life jacket with the rest of us.  Let everyone know you are an outdoor nut and that you stand for safety.  Plus….some of these jackets are just plain cool to wear! Boating Safety Tips: * Always wear a life jacket while in a boat on the water * All boater ages 13 younger and anyone using …

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Long Range Rimfire Challenge!

Looking for a challenge? How about a 200 yard target match with a .22LR rifle or pistol? May 26, 2013 is the date. Golden Points Ranch is the place. The match will run from 2pm to 5pm. All shooters are welcome. Any firearm chambered in .22LR ammunition is eligible to participate. All firearms must be unloaded and the action open until you are on the firing line! You may shoot from any position. You can bring a chair or portable …

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Hung Up Toms

A lot of turkey hunters ask me about this because it can make a hunt tough when that old Tom gobbles but then hangs up just out of range or fails to come in.  I have had that happen many times and there are a few tricks to help. First understand that when a Tom responds to your calls, keeping him gobbling may not be the best thing to do.  I have seen guys call back to a Tom several …

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Turkey Gut

Maybe it was the lack of beef that led me to think I would never make this morning hunt past 9am but this short fat guy was starving.  I had not eaten for 10 hours (a feat rarely attempted by me). In fact, my stomach was making so much noise, groan here, groan there, I could not imagine a turkey getting within 50 yards of my blind.  I had watched turkeys earlier in the morning perform their ritual strut in …

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Best First…Ever!

Ok, I will admit that I may be a bit biased and I do realize that each turkey hunt is unique. However, I have not been a part of anything quite like the hunt I had with my son Logan this past Saturday afternoon. As I mentioned last week (http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2013/04/season-firsts/) Logan is taking in his first spring season as a turkey predator. After an uneventful morning hunt, some yard work and a nap the four of us headed out to …

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Season of Firsts

For many reading this the spring turkey season may not really get underway until early this Saturday morning – the opener of the regular shotgun season.  For me the season kicked off last month when I could begin chasing the birds with my bow and then got really interesting this past weekend.  I have yet to take a gobbler but already I am harvesting memories of this spring’s crop of first’s. In the past few years my brother, Gabriel, has …

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Early Season Tom Taking Tips

I thought this season would never arrive.  Just ask my wife…I am sure she is sick of me talking about turkeys already.  I played with may calls, shot my bow, played with my decoys…heck I’ve even been dreaming about turkeys but alas….we are in the thick of it!  Here are some early season tips that may just help you bag that tom before most of your buddies have even dusted off their decoys.  Don’t forget…the youth shotgun season starts this …

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Vest Makes the Turkey Hunter

It is my educated opinion that those of us afflicted with wild turkeys have an affinity for gadgets.  It likely can be traced to the simple fact that we are in a constant hunt for the perfect call, decoy or camouflaged thingy that will help improve our chances to lure a bearded-bird into range – or at least make him gobble.  And once we buy it we hate leaving it behind. Comfort is another thing we turkey-smitten hunters are big …

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Skills I Have Learned from Hunting

February and March just seem like the months for reflection.  Maybe Hershy hit the nail on the head when he said February-March were the months for planning…for me it is reflection.   I was born with really only one skill.   Had to learn the others.  Now when I say learn…I use that term loosely because life is full of trial and error.  Some years more error than trial.  When I was 12 I started reloading my own ammo.  I won’t suggest …

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Hunt Master Trainings – Mentor Workshops

In time for spring, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting two Hunt Master – Mentor Trainings for individuals interested in mentoring during the turkey hunting season.  The first will be held on Friday, March 8, at the AkSarBen Aquarium south of Gretna on Hwy 31.  The second will be in Kearney on Friday, March 15, at the ERC Building at Yanney Heritage Park.  Both workshops will run from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required and includes …

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