Another Longbeard in Nebraska

The next morning the temperature creeped above freezing and water drops formed on the edge of our ground blind. As the morning passed much of the snow melted in the large open area in front of the blind.

Today it was my turn at bat and when a group of longbeards came by I got a shot but didn’t make it happen. So now it was Collin’s turn. Nothing happened until later in the afternoon. Four strutters and some other wild turkeys came towards us along the fence to  our left.

It turned out their destination was a group of hens and jakes that were approaching our area from behind us. One of the gobblers led the way and ducked under the last rung of the fence and got in the mix with the hens.

I got the video on him and Collin drew. The gobbler was 15 yards away but too many wild turkeys were around the gobbler and Collin had to hold up. The longbeard continued along the fence  until it was out of range.

Then it turned around and came back to two hens.

Collin saw his opportunity now and took his shot. You can see the arrow in the picture below.

The gobbler hit the ground and flailed its wings.

Another longbeard got in the action and charged the downed gobbler and pecked him. Collin and I switched places and he took the video camera and I got my bow. It took a few seconds and when I moved my arrow to the shooting window the other gobbler had stepped away from Collin’s gobbler.

But the gobbler turned around took a few steps closer to the other gobbler. I eased the Fireball into the stops.

In a surprise move, Collin’s gobbler thrashed its wings. My gobbler changed directions.

The downed longbeard thrashed its wings and zipped toward my gobbler. And my gobbler headed for the other side of the fence.

Collin’s gobbler went down for the count and all the other turkeys trotted out of the way. I let down.

When the wild turkeys were out of sight we waited five minutes and Collin got out of the blind to recover his Nebraska longbeard.

Here he is bringing the gobbler back to

Once again we waited, but this time for half an hour, just in case other gobblers were in the area. When nothing showed up we had a picture session. This is Collin Cottrell with his second Nebraska gobbler, a Eastern Hybrid. Collin now has 3 of the 4 birds to get a Wild Turkey Grand Slam.

EQUIPMENT USED BY COLLIN:

Alpine Archery F1 Fireball – This bow is fast, smooth drawing and accurate. It shoots very quiet. It’s a great shooting hunting bow.

Grim Reaper Broadheads – The 2” Whitetail Special broadhead makes a huge cut. The gobbler went down right away. As Grim Reaper says, we watched ’em drop.

Victory Arrows – I’m shooting Victory V-Force carbon shafts. These carbon arrows group tight and fly fast.

WannaBoutdoors Bowstix – A convenient way to keep your bow ready to shoot in a ground blind. It screws it into the stabilizer fitting and its bi-pod legs support the bow upright in shooting position.

On The Bow
Gene Curry installed a string loop and a Whisper-Peep on the Winners Choice bowstrings. His bow quiver is the TightSpot 5 arrow model. It is quiet and can easily be removed from the bow. The arrow rest is the TrophyTaker FC fall away rest. This rest is built for speed bows. The bow sight is the Montana Black Gold FlashPoint Redzone HD. The pins are very bright.  Collin also had Nikon Monarch Binoculars.

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