With Nebraska’s shotgun turkey season opening this past week, turkey season is well underway here in Nebraska. We have been right in the middle of it this past week and are beginning to find out why the public land turkeys we are after are still strutting around. These same birds gave us the slip during last year’s season and they are starting to do it again this year. For all of last year and the beginning of this year, these birds have been roosting just across the property line, on the western edge of this public land property. Very rarely will they fly down and walk onto the public land, but instead they will walk within 50-80 yards of the fence line and work their way to an ag field to eat and strut. Within the last week, due to hunting pressure or some other cause, they have started roosting farther south, still close enough to see, but on private property. We can see these toms as they walk back and forth from where they roost to the ag field, but just can’t get them to commit and come in.
So, the game plan is to make the decoys as visible as possible and set up on a hill near where the corners of four properties (the ag field, public land, and two private properties) connect. This group of turkeys will occasionally cut across these corners and when they do they enter on to a property with really short brome grass. This will allow them to become easily visible to us and, with our setup on the hill, the short grass between us and the turkeys should allow our decoys to be highly visible as well. Hopefully, the visibility of the decoys will get the toms attention and bring them into shotgun range.
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