We have come to the close of our 2015 Spring Turkey season. It has been a successful one with great memories and some very difficult weather at times. We didn’t take as many hunters this year due to some work conflicts with some clients but none the less it was fun. The first hunter, first morning was done at 6:55 with a double right out of the gate. Another interesting story for the year was the fact that I bought a new DSD half strut jake to go with my avion X hen decoy and they were a killer combination. There was a couple times that I wanted to let the Tom come closer and attack the decoy and my hunter would say, “I don’t want it any closer” followed by BOOM, big bird down.
Then I had my good friends, Steve and Allie come with their archery equipment to harvest a Nebraska Turkey and wouldn’t you know it, It rained HARD both days. WE did manage to get them both birds regardless of the weather. Allie took a 24lb bird with 1 1/4 spurs in a driving rain the first evening, Dad could have taken one too but that is an inside story:) The next evening Steve took a beautiful Tom at 8 yards with the sun shining on it to finish up their hunt.
Then to end the season with clients we had Mike who is an awesome shooter. Mike is a repeat client that is a real joy to hunt with and as you might guess he doesn’t miss. We were concerned with the weather but at sun up the rain had stopped and we were set up for the morning hunt at a new spot that I had not hunted before. My scouting paid off as we set in the blind listening to birds that we thought were going behind us when all of a sudden with some soft calling and the DSD decoy doing its job we had the whole flock heading our way. He picked out the mature Tom and BOOM, Bird down. We picked up moved to the next spot, put on the sneak but the birds had moved on out into the field and out of range, no problem. We packed up went to the next property, spotted some birds, put on a stalk and took a nice mature Gobbler with no calling at all just the old stealth mode. We had Mike done the first morning by 9:20am the first morning and on his way home before noon.
We were host to 12 hunters this year with 2 first time turkey hunters and we harvested 20 Big Nebraska Gobblers. There are many more stories and memories that were made this year that I didn’t take time to share here but you get the picture. We have a good time, we host only a few hunters each year so the birds are not pressured and our chances of them coming to a call are as great the last weekend as they are the first.
The last memory to make this year is for me to get out and harvest a beautiful Nebraska Gobbler for my self Thanks to all our clients and friends for making this turkey season fun and successful
Its spring in Nebraska and that means Turkey hunting at Tobey’s Riverbottom Outfitters where we get on Big Toms and call them in for you to harvest. We have good numbers again this year and I see no reason that we won’t do as well as in years past. Due to some conflicts in work schedules I have had 2 groups have to postpone their hunt until next year which means I have some openings for you to get in on some of the best turkey hunting in the country here in the heart of Nebraska.
Check out some of the pictures on my facebook page from last years hunts. We have been able to get every hunter we have taken their birds every year except for last year when we had one hunter not take a bird, that was the first time ever and he deferred the best shots to his grandson so over all it was a success because the young man did take a bird.
You may notice by looking at the pictures of the turkeys taken that we have 2 different color phases of birds here in our neck of the country. We have merriams and a hybrid bird that is a cross between the Merriam and Rio Grande. That means we have birds with the white band on their tail fan and also a buff color so you have opportunity to take either color on your hunt.
You archers out there need to give me a call because I have taken several archers on turkey hunts and we have always gotten them their birds. I do all the work such as setting up blinds and calling the birds, all you have to do once you get here is hit the mark or better yet the Tom.
I would charge $600 for archers for the first bird and $200 for the second if you want the second.
out of state permits are $95 and they can be bought on line when you get here, that makes it very easy to hunt Nebraska Turkeys with Tobey’s Riverbottom Outfitters.
I would like to share something with you that has nothing to do with the outdoors or hunting but has everything to do with our lives as outdoors people.
This past Wednesday I said good bye to my Dad and my Hero as we buried him at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. He was not a famous, well known man to the world, but to his family and those who came into contact with him he was the biggest little man in the room. This poem that I am going to share with you tells a lot about my dad and what he taught me about life.
The strength of a man isn’t seen in the width of his shoulders. It’s in the width of his arms that encircle you.
The strength of a man isn’t in the deep tone of his voice. It’s in the gentle words he whispers.
The strength of a man isn’t how many buddies he has. It’s how good a buddy he is with his children.
The strength of a man isn’t in how respected he is at work. It’s in how respected he is at home.
The strength of a man isn’t how hard he hits. It’s in how tender he touches.
The strength of a man isn’t in the hair on his chest. It’s in his heart, that lies within his chest.
The strength of a man isn’t how may women he’s loved. It’s in being true to one woman.
Guys, before you go on your next fishing trip or that early morning turkey hunt take time to reflect on what kind of man you are to your family. They need you to be strong like you just read above and the best way to do that is to get your strength and direction from our Lord and Savior.
Good Hunting and take time in the early morning to look up and give thanks for the opportunity we have to pursue the game we are after. Russ Tobey