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Author Topic: Birds Down in the midwest  (Read 698 times)

Offline NWIAdeerhunter

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Birds Down in the midwest
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:29:47 AM »
Well I'm not counting my blessings yet but after many tough and trying years in the woods for both deer and turkeys it seems like 2012 is shaping up to be an extremely good year to me and my hunting partner.  Last year was a tough one spring nebraska turkey it took us 4 hunts just to end up with a jake.  I was exstatic because it was my first bird ever with a bow.  Last falls deer season was probably the toughest I have ever had.  Took four hunts just to put a doe on the ground.  Then that night my bow got stolen.  Thank god I work at a scheels and was able to have a new bow within a couple days.  The second week in November was one of the craziest weeks I have ever seen in the deer woods.  I missed an opportunity at a 140 inch 10 on tuesday and on that friday had a 170 inch 10 come strolling by my stand at 30 yards but on the wrong side of the tree No shot opportunity.   Nebraska rifle went well that was the highlight of my season and Late muzzleloader turned into a bunch of misses at ranges from 25 yards to 100 yards.  Late doe season was almost going to be the same.  Missed a doe at 35 yards only to end up shooting one off hand at 100 yards.  (every other shot I took last winter I had a rest.) @--0--0117  Shed hunting was tough cause of the mild winter.  Now the 2012 turkey season is a whole story itself.  Nebraska archery opens up March 25th.  and the next weekend we headed out for a saturday night and all day sunday hunt.  Saturday night I got my first archery tom.  It unfortunatly wasn't on film as my camera man recorded them coming in then hit the record button again thinking he wasn't recording.  He did get me shooting another tom that night but we never found him and ended up seeing him the next morning.  That morning we didn't get anything but saw a lot of birds.  That night my hunting buddy and camera man ended up shooting a tom but we couldn't film that either as we had to shoot him out of the back of the blind.  2 birds down in three hunts that awesome.  Easter sunday I was back out there for a family lunch and my hunting buddy came out and we hunted that night.  This is where it gets almost unbelieveable.  We get a tom and a bunch of hens to come in but they went into the cattle yard to scratch around.  One hen comes up to our upright hen decoy and starts posturing up to it and pecks at it for a while.  This brings all the other hens out and one of the hens actually comes up to the decoys in a full strut and starts beating on the decoy for 23 minutes.  The tom couldn't figure out how to get out of the yard which was devastating.  Well as luck would have it we heard a gobble behind us and saw three jakes coming our way.  they ended up in the spread at about 10 yards.  I stuck the first one and the other two jakes ran down to him.  we then switched positions from shooter to camera man and he stuck the second one.  Switched back and I stuck the third one at 32 yards.  All three birds were down within 40 60 yards of the blind.  The tom and the hens ended up coming back and he shot the tom at 52 YARDS!  The best part is all of this is on film.  Week later Iowa's turkey season started and we went out on a tuesday morning before work and ended up shooting two toms all before 7 First time we had ever turkey hunted on the farm besides the night before putting some birds to bed.  So we each have one turkey tag left no room left in the freezer and have ended up with 4 birds a piece so far in about 4 days of total hunting.   I don't know what it is that is giving us all the luck but I hope it holds through deer season this year.  And the decoys we are using are new to us and they are well worth the money for any serious turkey hunter is the Dave Smith Decoys.  They are so realistic we have footage of a hen standing next to one that the only way to tell the difference is because of the size.  Every hunt we have had the hens have came up to the upright one and started pecking and wing slapping it.  Good luck to everyone else this spring!
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Offline dave 1211

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Re: Birds Down in the midwest
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012, 08:47:45 AM »
soun like you had a fun day    congrads on the hunt
time for food plots deer season is coming 10/1/20

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Re: Birds Down in the midwest
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2012, 09:06:47 AM »
Hope the run of good luck continues for you NWIA!!
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Re: Birds Down in the midwest
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 09:29:40 AM »
Sounds like you guys are on a great run...congrats!
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Re: Birds Down in the midwest
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 12:21:37 PM »
Great Day Congrats
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Re: Birds Down in the midwest
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 02:15:06 PM »
Congrats NWIA!!!!
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Re: Birds Down in the midwest
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 03:41:32 PM »
Congrats!!  ##$%#111
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