Nebraska: The Maverick Longbeard

 

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Fred Lutger returned to the same blind that we hunted yesterday.

In low light several deer walked along the edge of the field and passed by the blind Fred took a pic with his flash and they spooked and ran off.

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This morning was the total opposite of the day before. Two hours passed and no turkeys entered into the field.

Eventually, 5 hens walked out of the woods adjacent to the field and into view on Fred’s left. They walked along the edge of the field in Fred’s direction.

A bit further down the edge of the field, Fred saw a Longbeard in the long dried grass and weeds.

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When the Longbeard gobbler walked into the corn stubble Fred yelped at him. But the lone gobbler was out on his own this morning and had his mind on finding real hens. When he saw the 5 hens he promptly made a B-line towards them.

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The hens continued along the field’s edge and soon they were almost to the decoys in front of the blind. Meanwhile. the Longbeard was in full strut and walking fast, catching up to the hens.

Fred had the decoys set at 12 yards and the hens were that much further from them. It was obvious to Fred that the gobbler was not going to the decoys.  He drew when the Longbeard was out in front of the blind. Fred took careful aim and took his shot.

The gobbler bolted and dropped in a few steps. One of the hens checked him out.

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Fred still had another tag so he waited two more hours. Nothing else came into the field.

At lunch time Fred walked to the farm house and told us about his morning hunt. Then he said he had watched lots of turkey activity in the large cow pasture next to the corn stubble field. Our host Terry said we would go look around and put out one of my ground blinds.

Here is Fred Lutger with his 2nd Nebraska gobbler, a mature Merriam’s Longbeard.

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FRED LUTGER’S EQUIPMENT COMMENTS:

“My broadhead is the Grim Reaper Whitetail Special. I shot this longbeard gobbler with it and watched it drop in less than 10 yards. They call this broadhead the Whitetail Special but I call it the Turkey Special. It does a lot of damage on the initial hit. Wild Turkeys can be difficult to find if they fly or run out of sight so you want to see them go down. With this head I normally see them drop in sight.”

“My bow is a PSE Archery EVO 7 and it’s been on a lot of hunting trips and received plenty of bumps and bruises from airplanes and pick up truck beds. I always shoots dead on for me.”

Arrows: “I used Maxima Reds from Carbon Express Arrows and I’ve been a long time user of Carbon Express arrows and am on their Pro Staff.”

Double Blue Ground Blind: “If you bowhunt for wild turkeys Double Bull is worth its weight in gold. Turkeys don’t pick up the movement. And if you video it has the right placement on it’s windows for videoing. I’ve used cheaper blinds but they aren’t made as well or as quiet.”

CALLS: “I used the Commando Pro Staff Series and it had a true turkey sound. I used their glass and slate calls and received answers from gobblers with both. They called in a lot of gobblers on this hunt.”

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