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It is time for my annual distraction from fishing.  That will be reflected here in my blog.  I pretty much am all fish and fishing, all the time, except when the turkeys are gobbling.  In just this past week, it has seemed to me that all of a sudden there are big, strutting, gobbling turkeys in many of the places where I expect them to be.  Even in the middle of the sandhills!


I love spring turkey season for the big, beautiful birds, the gobbling, the antics.  I love the early mornings and late evenings, the awakening of spring.  Love the calls, the decoys, the weight of the vest on my shoulders.  I love the feel of the familiar old shotgun in my hands and against my cheek, the sound of shells being fed into her.  I love the smell of spring rains, and flowering plums, then buffalo currants, and chokecherries.  Eventually, there will be that sight down the barrel, lining up on the head of a big gobbler.  Then the bark of the gun, the smell of gun powder, and the sound of wings beating on the ground.  Yes, I will hunt with the intent of fulfilling my role as predator.

More importantly, I hunt just to mingle:

I do not hunt for the joy of killing, but for the joy of living and the inexpressible pleasure of mingling my life however briefly with that of a wild creature I respect, admire, and value.–John Madson

Come to think of it, pretty much the same reason I fish.

Hope you have a good weekend mingling too.


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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