2018-2019 Waterfowl Reports

Discussion in 'Nebraska Flyway Forum' started by nebgoosehunter, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. waterfowler6963

    waterfowler6963 Senior Refuge Member

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    Sound like fun to me nebgoosehunter a friend and I put out 800 fb yesterday in flooded eastern NE in 8"of mud my back and legs are killing me hope we get a shot at them before they all go by! In the morning there was a ton of them around but by noon they were gone.
     
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  2. hunting1

    hunting1 Senior Refuge Member

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    Sounds like a replay of me a week ago!
     
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  3. nebgoosehunter

    nebgoosehunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Found a good group of unpressured snows on Friday but with the rain forecast we decided not to hunt them yesterday. Went and sat in a blind on the pasture pond I hunt as the landowner said some snows were around the day before. It was an utter failure and we only saw two snows and it was when we were all standing up. Luckily there were three other guys so it didn't take long to set up and pick up but I put away all my decoys wet and muddy. I was going to meet up with some guys this afternoon and hunt those birds today and tomorrow morning but they ended up going home early so I'm just going to go scout them this afternoon and set up in the morning by myself. I'll have to use a decoy sled to haul some totes into the field. Doubt I'll be able to get many decoys out so hopefully I'll be where they want to be and hope for the best.
     
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  4. nebgoosehunter

    nebgoosehunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Did pretty well this morning. Had to walk the decoys in a bit still, but only about 150 yards. First flock was probably 150 that came right in and we both doubled. Had a single, a double, a single, and a three pack that came in that we got two out of. Finished with 10. Both of us shot real well for all we had come in. Most groups ignored us even with a nice wind. Five were ross, and five were snows, with one juvie. If we can keep our birds for these two warms days tomorrow and Wednesday, we should have birds till the end of season with another winter storm coming late in the week.
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  5. hunting1

    hunting1 Senior Refuge Member

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    Great to hear you finally got into them and wish you success in the next few days! Looks like your snow has pretty well disappeared.
     
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  6. nebgoosehunter

    nebgoosehunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I had a buddy scouting the area I hunted Monday on Friday and didn't see a single snow. I went to another area I hunt Saturday morning and also didn't see any. Things came to a screeching halt as I saw probably 100k birds a week ago and they all left within two days basically. Figured there would be a pocket here or there but nothing to speak of. Only 15 days between my first bird and last bird shot. I'm on to turkeys and some walleye now I guess.
     
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  7. jkern

    jkern Elite Refuge Member

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    Set a smaller spread than normal this spring, couldn't get the rest due to flooding. I will say though, shot just as many over 20dz FB and floaters as we did over 1200 FB and floaters.
     
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  8. nebgoosehunter

    nebgoosehunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I put this in the turkey forum but thought I would throw it up here too. So let me start this off by saying I'm not an avid bow hunter by any means. I bought a used bow from a buddy a few years ago to try and get a muley out at our farm but haven't been successful. My dad and I tried one archery hunt for turkeys last year and they were roosted 200 yards off a highway and it was a full moon so we couldn't get set up where we wanted and it just didn't work out. Fast forward to last week, while I was scouting for snow geese I came across a nice group of turkeys with a pile of toms on a landowner I have permission from. I had a buddy roost the birds last night and we slipped in early this morning and set up about 100 yards away. Birds started pitching down before shooting light even and soon we had birds surrounding us gobbling their brains out, but they stayed just far enough away. Finally a group of three toms come in perfect and I had the first shot. I don't know if I rushed my shot or what but I must have hit him with a glancing shot as he just kinda walked off and joined the main group looking like he was ok. My buddy shot right after I missed and nailed his bird. The whole flock proceeded to come over and beat up his bird but I just didn't have a shot on any of the toms as they kept moving around and hens were in the way. One determined tom kept after the dead one for almost ten minutes and finally he gave me a window to shoot and I made the most of it. Smoked him right in the vitals and he was dead instantly. I didn't have a lot of confidence after missing my first one so I totally surprised myself and said out loud to my buddy "oh...I drilled him" lol. With all the ducks and geese flying around, and the sounds of spring, and so many close turkeys, it's a memory I won't soon forget.
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