Nebraska: Making A Move

 

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From our ground blind by the field of corn stubble Fred and I had watched wild turkey strutting activity in the adjacent cow pasture. At lunch our host suggested we set up a blind in the cow pasture. The farm house is on a hill that is the highest place on the property, it overlooks a large section of the property and we can see a good part of the turkey movement several hundred yards to the East and South.

After a swell home cooked meal we loaded our gear in Terry’s ranch truck and he drove us to the cow pasture and went to the south east corner. There were wild turkeys in the area and they were busy doing wild turkey stuff and paid us no attention.

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The ranch truck was a very familiar site to them and they were unconcerned about it, which was the opposite from the quick exit they made when they saw my pickup.

We set the Double Bull blind up in the south east corner in the shade of some trees of varying types and sizes.

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Nebraska can be very windy, and it definitely is this trip, and if you want your portable ground blind to be where you left it the blind needs to be staked down. Terry got out a hammer and metal 3-foot sections of steel rebar rods and we nailed down the support straps on the blind.

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Once the blind was solidly anchored to the ground I got out a gizmo that I bought at Cabela’s, the Primos Blind Brush Lock. It’s a webbing that attaches to the top of most pop up ground blinds for the purpose of brushing the top in.

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We cut cedar limbs and slid them into the webbing. It was easy to do.

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In minutes the top of our blind was completely brushed in and the hard line top of the blind looked like a pile of cedar. One thing for certain, in today’s wind, our cedar limbs would not have stayed on top of the blind without this webbing holding it down.

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Fred and I got into the blind and our afternoon bowhunt began. It didn’t take long before wild turkeys showed up in our cow pasture. The area to the West, 250 yards from us, past the cow pasture,  is wooded and is home to pine trees and several large Cotton Wood trees.

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We watched plenty of wild turkey interaction but it was on the far end of the cow pasture.

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To sum it up, the area ahead of us was a major Strut Zone. And scores of Toms, Jakes and hens came and we saw a great show of how Nebraska’s wild turkeys act and interact this time of year.

Eventually all the turkeys cleared out of the area to go to roost. Then Fred and I slipped out. Tomorrow morning we will return here again.

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