Nebraska gives fall turkey hunters and especially meat hunters like me a real
opportunity. You can harvest hens or toms and your bag for the fall season is
two birds. This is like manna from heaven. A lot of meat can be put in the
freezer when you add in the ducks that will be taken along with deer, elk and
other creatures which fly or feed in the corn fields.
I was in the duck blind and there was a beautiful blue sky with some high
fluffy clouds. The sun felt good as it was cold when had arrived for
another big slaughter. The opening came and went and it got light with the
sun scorching our eyeballs as the blinds face east. Still, a bad day of
duck hunting is better than a great day at work, not unless you are retired.
By 10 AM it was obvious that while the company was really enjoyable, the duck
and goose hunting was worthless and now with a warm south breeze,... (more)
The morning was cold after three days of rain, and getting up at 4 AM was a
bit of a chore. You have to be on site when they (the turkeys) come
alive. I headed north to Fort Calhoun, Nebraska with great hope and
optimism. My home work had been done.
It was one of those really black nights when I arrived at the landowner's
home. The road was dry as I weaved up his lane to the top of the hill.
Checking the road south to the area I wanted to hunt, it appeared dry as last
night was very windy. This saved time, and I didn't have to walk to the
south end of the farm. Loading up... (more)
There is one section of the farm north of Fort Calhoun I have never hunted.
As described in previous postings, this farm sits on top of a series of hills
that rise steeply from the valley to the west. The valley area is where the
deer are hanging out. These deer came up out of the river bottoms as the
Missouri River flood water rose. Here they are finding some very good
dining. Good for them, but not for the landowner. He rotates his crops
and this spring planted corn instead of beans. Corn is around seven dollars
a bushel and the deer have big appetites. They like the c... (more)
One big snow with a good coating of ice hit in early January. This
followed by some unseasonably warm weather which melted most of it. Then
came the severe cold and severe wind chills. If you live in Iowa or
Nebraska, once a year you are going to get it.
It is no problem. You just have to dress a little warmer and be prepared
for some biting winds and cold temps. Having said all that, the phone rang
and it was my good friend John. He wanted head up to Arlington, Nebraska
and hunt some pheasants. We hunt at the Little Creek Game Bird Farm owned
by Dalvin and Betty... (more)
A fellow club member on a trip to North Dakota as of the first week of
October had not shot a Mallard. They were all north of the Canadian
border per his report. But they will be coming as they do every year.
Another friend reported there were only 50,000 Mallards at Sand Lake National
Wildlife reserve near Aberdeen, South Dakota. They will be coming. They
Sunrise at the blind
Temperatures in Bismarck, North Dakota were in the lower sixties to high
fifties. That is the same temperature pattern we are experiencing as we
start the second week of October. Th... (more)