Nebraska may be the best place for the turkey hunter. The spring season kicked off this morning – 30 minutes before sunrise – with archery. Just over two weeks from now on April 11, turkey-chasers 15 yrs and under can break out the shotguns. A week after on April 18, the rest of us can, too. All spring seasons run through May 31.
With healthy bird populations and some great opportunities on many state Wildlife Management Areas and land enrolled in Open Fields and Waters there are many great reasons to be chasing the kings-of-spring. (Don’t overlook the amazing potential for turkeys on private lands that can be accessed through simply gaining permission, either.)
A little rain this morning won’t slow down most turkey hunters either. The birds are still there and can be called in, too. A little prep for the weather and all is good. I remember in 2012 when the opening day of shotgun was predicted to be stormy but success still came (Opening Weekend Thoughts, 2012).
With winter flocks just now beginning to break up and spread out the best of the season is still to come. But getting an early start to your spring time hunting is excuse enough for getting outdoors to hear those wonderfully deep, tree-rattling gobbles that announce that spring has truly arrived.