PANHANDLE PASSAGES WITH JUSTIN HAAG — GRAND SLAM? WE’LL SETTLE FOR AN AT-BAT!

Posted 2 years ago

By Corey Sorenson

Photo courtesy of Justin Haag and NEBRASKAland Magazine

Photo courtesy of Justin Haag and NEBRASKAland Magazine

After reading numerous wild turkey hunting success stories on the Internet, I figure some might find comfort in hearing from someone who hasn’t been able to bag a tom this season.

Two weekends in a row my 10-year-old son and I have failed to be within range to fire a shot at a tom. The two of us are far from being the most accomplished turkey hunters in the woods, but it seems the gobblers just aren’t as responsive in the Pine Ridge as they have been in recent years at this time of the season.

We had the pleasure of watching a group of about 10 toms and 40 hens fly down from their roosts at sunrise Saturday and put on a grand display in a clearing out of shotgun range … and then march off together, not to be heard from again. We heard nary a gobble the rest of the morning.

While my son is looking to bag his first gobbler, we have opted for calling the birds into a blind instead of a spot-and-stalk approach.

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Justin Haag of Chadron is a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and regional editor for NEBRASKAland magazine. He can be reached at justin.haag@nebraska.gov or 308-430-8515.

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