How To Decoy For Turkey Hunting, Plus Bow Hunting Big Nebraska Turkeys(#332)
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How To Decoy For Turkey Hunting, Plus Bow Hunting Big Nebraska Turkeys(#332)

August 12, 2019

GRANT: Nebraska’s archery turkey season
opened March 25th. So Adam loaded up his Prime bow and all his turkey gear and rode north. ADAM: I arrived in Nebraska with just enough
time to head to the farm and see if we couldn’t put a bird to roost. ADAM: Fortunately for us, the birds were still
in the field. TERRON: That’s not 187 of ‘em, though,
is it? ADAM: No. Is that how many you counted the
other night? TERRON: I think the other morning, the other
morning there was 187 of ‘em. ADAM: 187! ADAM: Hunting turkeys in these large winter
flocks can be difficult sometimes to bring them into range. Overcalling can often result
in driving the hens away and taking the toms with ‘em. But we had our game plan together.
Now we’re just waiting for the sun to come up, turkeys to enter the field and we hoped
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Hunting Blinds. ADAM: (Whispering) It’s opening morning
here in Nebraska. Turkeys were scattered all up and down this river earlier in the week.
Karen and Kyle was countin’; they counted 187 in this field. So, there’s a, a couple
big flocks – very vocal – gets in your blood. They’re getting ready to fly down. ADAM: (Whispering) We think some of the others
have already flown down, so we’ve got five Montana decoys out. We’ve got the Perfect
Pair and a couple of other Miss Purr-fects. Just with that many turkeys out here, we’re
trying to just entice ‘em into range. Looks like a jake with his flock of hens, so we’ve
got ‘em set up eight, nine yards – a couple even a little closer than that. ADAM: (Whispering) Turkeys are roosted 100
yards to 200 yards away and they’re starting to fly down. So, we’re gonna get back, get
ready. Hopefully, they come into range. ADAM: We sat back in our chairs listening
to all the calling and gobbling, enjoying this wonderful spring ritual. ADAM: As the sun came up, we had several hens
approach our decoys. ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: Hearing the gobbling getting closer
and closer, we stared into the woods hoping to see the first longbeard. ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) camera. There’s
a tom right there. ADAM: (Whispering) Are you on that tom? UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: (Whispering) Oh, beautiful. (Inaudible) GRANT: Chasing turkeys when they’re still
in those large winter flocks usually means you get to hear a lot of great vocalizations
– both hens and gobblers, see a lot of dominance displays, but you’re gonna have to use different
techniques than the springtime cut and run hunt. ADAM: The next animals to step out in front
of us was not what we were expecting. ADAM: I continued to do some soft calling
and try and change their plans and, hopefully, bring ‘em a little closer. ADAM: They had already made up their minds
and were headed to the cut corn field. ADAM: As these turkeys fed through the corn
field and worked their way back to the woods, we snuck out of there with hopes of returning
in the afternoon and having a closer encounter. ADAM: (Whispering) It’s the opening afternoon
of the Nebraska spring turkey season. We had a huge flock of turkeys on the field this
morning, a bunch of gobblers. But they just stayed out of range the whole time. So, we’ve
moved the blinds about 200 – 250 yards down to a little point in the alfalfa. We noticed
a lot of the birds hanging out here this morning and we noticed the same thing last night.
So, we’ve got the four Miss Purr-fects out, set up in the blind, several hours before
dark. Hopefully, our plan will pay off. ADAM: We settled in the blind and it didn’t
take long for the turkeys to make an appearance. ADAM: Turkeys were a long ways off but we
still had four hours before dark so we knew that turkeys would most likely work into the
alfalfa field before dark. ADAM: (Whispering) They’re coming now. They’re
all facing us. ADAM: We watched the flock for hours, but
it finally seemed like they had turned and were coming our direction. We could see several
toms and jakes in the flock and like they do in the early spring, they were running
around fighting, chasing each other and trying to show who was boss. ADAM: If a tom got separated from the flock,
these punk jakes would come along and do their best to keep him away from the hens. ADAM: (Whispering) 6:13. Man there’s a lot
of birds. I’m going and get my face mask ready. We got in the blind at about 3:00,
3:30. It’s almost 6:30. And they’ve been in and out of the field the whole time, but
staying well away from us out in the corn. Last night they were in the corn when we got
here about 7:30, 7:20, I think. And, they worked their way right back in front of us
– right back in front of where we are now. So, hopefully, they do that same thing again
tonight. ADAM: (Whispering) Man, there are toms spread
all over that. Where’s that at? KYLE: (Whispering) I don’t know. I can’t
tell. ADAM: After hearing some crunch in the leaves
to the right of the blind, I peeked out the window and see two toms and two jakes working
less than ten yards away from the blind headed towards the flock. ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) (Whispering)
Are they coming? KYLE: (Whispering) Yes. KYLE: (Whispering) Yeah. They may skirt us,
though. ADAM: (Whispering) I don’t care. I’ll
shoot one. ADAM: (Whispering) 20 yards. (Inaudible) Can
you get him? Can you get him? KYLE: (Whispering) Yup. I’m on him. ADAM: The shot looked a little bit low, but
thankfully, we were hunting a large field so we watched him run out into the cut corn
and lay down. We let the flock work its way out of the field, so now it’s time to find
my bird. Ahhh. ADAM: It was a great day in Nebraska. We had
watched turkeys almost the entire day so it felt great to finally fling an arrow. ADAM: Oh, look at that. Oh, man. Beautiful
sunset, too. What a day it has been. That’s about the closest you can get to deer hunting
without actually deer hunting. Sit in a blind, wait ‘em out. They weren’t real responsive
to calls today. There’s a flock of over 100 birds. So, they’re kind of just doing
their thing. We’re trying to get in front of ‘em and I don’t know. 3/4” spurs. He’s,
he’s like buff over here, but white over here. Real, real cool lookin’ thing. ADAM: Just a big thanks to Clint. He’s the
landowner here. He let us come in here with Kyle and Terron. They’ve been scouting it
out all week. He’s been growing ‘em all year. We came in. Awesome hunt. ADAM: We always enjoy hunting turkeys in Nebraska
during the early spring. The sheer number of turkeys in one flock is impressive in itself.
But hearing all the calling and turkey language is something we can all learn from. GRANT: Good calling can convince a turkey
to close the distance. But seeing is believing. And using decoys can really help that turkey
close the gap to within range. GRANT: Different hunting scenarios often can
benefit from different decoy setups. The variables often include terrain, timing of the breeding
season and the habitat. One of the most common setups we use and probably the safest is the
lone hen. ADAM: Our most popular decoy setup that we
use here at The Proving Grounds is the lone hen. Of course, we always have Miss Purr-fect
in our vest. And since it is timber country we don’t want a big spread of decoys out,
so we’ll have one lone hen out just to catch the attention of the gobbler; keep his eyes
fixed on that decoy as he comes into range. ADAM: Another option we use – especially
during the early part of the season when gobblers are still sorting out their dominance – is
throwing in a jake decoy. This is Jake Purr-fect. We’ll pop him up. We usually pair him up
with a lone hen. Always want to put him upright, put that big red head he’s got up in the
air. It kind of draws the attention. I’ll put him one or two yards away from the hen
and I’ll usually switch the lone hen to a feeder pose – just so they’re not both
upright and alert. Switch her down like that. This is a great setup to use during the early
part of season. Or even mid-morning through the remainder of the season. As the days go
on, hens are gonna leave and go sit on the nest, but it appears that a jake still has
a hen with him so it can peak the jealousy of a tom and turn a slow morning into a successful
morning. GRANT: Adding a Jake Purr-fect decoy to a
lone hen can really fire up a boss gobbler. ADAM: If you’re seeing multiple toms run together
and they’re really sorting out the dominance at your hunting property, one of the best
setups you can have is a breeder hen decoy with a strutting tom. ADAM: So, we’ve already got Miss Purr-fect
set out on the ground in a breeder pose. She’s not on a stake, she’s just setting on the
ground. Then we’ll take Papa Strut – pop him up behind her like so. Yep. So having
a strutting tom with a breeder hen can show those dominant birds in the area that there
is an intruder and he’s after one of their girls. GRANT: Typically, early during the season,
the toms are still sorting out dominance. This is a good time to use a full strut decoy.
If you really want to juice that setup, use a hen right in front of that tom that’s
in the breeding posture. ADAM: These next two decoy setups need to
be used with caution and it’s important to know your surroundings. The decoy we’re
using is the Montana Fanatic. Kind of a last ditch effort or a “Hail Mary” pass. If
the gobblers aren’t working, there’s two ways you can approach it. ADAM: This decoy folds up flat, so it’s
in my vest during a hunt. Birds are hung up 200 yards and they’re not approaching my setup,
I can reach back – I’ve got my gun in my left hand cause I’m left-handed – I
can pop it out, just using one hand. Turkeys are out there; they’re not really paying much
attention. I can slide this up, stick it in the ground right here beside me, set back,
give a few calls, get ‘em to look my way. Now, there’s a strutter in their area and
they may come in to try and whoop him. ADAM: So, we’ve got Papa Strut set up back
behind us to give you an example. Turkeys are hung up, they’re out of range. So it’s
time to crawl to them. We’ve got the fanatic. We’re staying behind it. We’re trying
to crawl within shotgun range or give enough threat of dominance with the decoy that he’s
gonna come and try and investigate. ADAM: Or, you can do it like this. GRANT: We’ve used all these setups at different
times and in different states. And each one has proven successful in the right conditions. GRANT: Whether you’re already chasing turkeys
or your season is about to open, I hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy Creation
this week. But most importantly, slow down every day and listen to what the Creator is
saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer. ADAM: We walked in well before… MATT: Well before… ADAM: I know that’s why I was like…it
was one tone and then I just like “WELL!” I was like what? ADAM: Peeked out the side of the window to
see two toms and two jakes. Whaaa! (Laughter) MATT: (Inaudible) ADAM: I thought that was a, that was a big
bumblebee, but I thought it was one of those great big ones – like it just came in. Jurrrrrr. ADAM: We scrambled in the blind to get the
bow and the camera into bosition, bosition, bosition, position? ADAM: So, do you right now want me to talk
and crawl?

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  1. Enjoyed the Video Growing deer and i have a question Mat who's buck was bigger
    in pounds and antler size yours or Adams ?

  2. My question for you now is, if they toms and jakes were showing obvious signs of aggression why wouldn't you set out a strutting jake or something along those lines?

  3. Why do you guys think that buck still had horns? I feel it's strange to see that in March. I dunno, just thought it was odd

  4. Absolutely amazing video! Had my blood pumping! Unfortunately, I won't be able to turkey hunt in Indiana or Kentucky this spring, but for good reason! My son will be born April 22! Can't wait to raise him with your videos! God bless you all and happy hunting!

  5. I just thought you could purr to get the hen over to you to bring the Tom's I don't mean to be negative impact just want you explain things In a video

  6. Nice kill I have been hunting youth ia for 2 days now but they aren't interested in breeding in Iowa so he didn't want to kick our Jake decoys butts since we had a Jake and two hens. The tom i saw today was dragging its beard and was staying at the far end of the field finally he started to leave so we left for morning church and we snuck on him but didn't get him?

  7. I can see where handicapped people would benefit from all of the gear/blinds/decoys etc. But why do healthy people need all this stuff? Did the American Indians go to Bass Pro also?

    Very, very unimpressed with all the commercialism brought into something so much more rewarding when the city is left behind a hunter approaches animals on their terms.

  8. I wish I could hunt over a food plot like you guys, I inly hunt over a hay field or crp, we would have one but just don't have the time because my father is a full time gunsmith and a farmer on the weekend. I would do it my self but I'm only 13 lol.

  9. this is what happened on my youth day hunt we went to the spot at 4 in the morning they went to the other field then we got out of there as quiet as possible then we went back at 3 in the afternoon waited till 7 when they where working there way to the roost then the tom gave me a chance and I shot him

  10. This is an awesome video, 😀 Im definatly subbing, i will try to visit your channel regularly from now on 😀 if you can do visit my channel! That would be awesome!! 😀 Until next time and keep up the great videos! Peace

  11. Holy cow! Did you guys see the flock sizes in Nebraska! We love turkey hunting in Nebraska! Have you ever spring turkey hunted flocks of this size? -Matt

  12. Just a comment no pun intended, just because of the way you draw your bow, it makes it looks like the bow is a little too much for you. If I may suggest, use you both your shoulders and back muscles, instead of stiffening you right arm straight forward and pulling only with your left arm. Also you will get tiered faster that way I think. You got the aiming down right. Happy bow shooting!

  13. Jeez that buck still had antlers i live in south east Nebraska and have seen bucks lose their antlers in late december and bucks with stubs in mid april

  14. I plan on heading to the sandhills of Nebraska opening gun season. I plan on using a blind is it best to wear black or camo. I've seen videoed with both.

  15. Nice video. Bagged my Tom on first day out here in NE. Contemplating scoring the Montana combo (hen/jake) for convince sake – will make those hikes a little less cumbersome. My set up was a RedHead brood hen, H.S. Strut Suzy and Funky Chicken. The two Toms that arrived were not too interested in the brood nor the Funky Chicken – I'm thinking it may be too early for the Toms to really take the Funky Chicken serious???? Either way, great video!

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