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CaptJJ
04-10-2014, 11:53 AM
...And I'm tagged out in Western Nebraska with three nice toms. The turkeys left the farm I was hunting, so I headed up to the Pine Ridge, part of the Nebraska National. Found out where they were roosting and eventually figured out the right spot to set up; got one yesterday evening at sundown and another, the nicest one of the trip, early this morning.

Today's bird:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/100_2662_zps413026f7.jpg

Yesterday's, not the best pic as I had to wait till dark to head out so I wouldn't spook the birds and hunt them again today:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/100_2646_zps0bdc5ac4.jpg

Dropped him on the spot, the 150 grain Snuffers do some damage:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/100_2617_zpsbedb3e2c.jpg

TEN RING
04-10-2014, 03:06 PM
congrats

Ehunter
04-10-2014, 07:24 PM
Nice birds JJ. I'd be lucky to hit the ground shooting a recurve. lol

Arrow Splitter
04-11-2014, 04:26 AM
Congrats Capt! I'd say you've shot a few this year.:cool:

A.S

elkslayer4x5
04-11-2014, 10:06 AM
Very well done Capt! You're way ahead of the rest of us. That last tom is beautifull ! Spur and beard length? Really putting in the time in the turkey blind! More congrats!! :D

CaptJJ
04-11-2014, 10:14 AM
8.5" beard and 3/4" rounded off spurs, heard the Merriam's have spurs like that. The Easterns I get in the mountains back home have the same worn down spurs from scratching in all the granite rocks.

Thanks guys, it was a great hunt.

CaptJJ
04-11-2014, 10:25 AM
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/100_2666_zps92302cb4.jpg

CaptJJ
04-14-2014, 01:59 PM
Here's some pics from my trip to the Black Hills, went through Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest; saw all kinds of wildlife plus Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument (under construction, will take decades).

Bison:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2677_zpse05bb4d5.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2684_zpsfe62d606.jpg

Mule deer:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2681_zps7d5697c5.jpg

Whitetails:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2742_zps7d017ced.jpg

CaptJJ
04-14-2014, 02:00 PM
Pronghorn:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2698_zps21406ae2.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2734_zpscd2d1cd0.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2740_zps2cca8286.jpg

Prairie dogs:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2692_zps48d918cf.jpg

CaptJJ
04-14-2014, 02:01 PM
Lots of scenery, some parts reminded me of the Adirondacks where I live in NY:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2748_zps9da11c54.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2751_zps04ef033c.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2707_zps06cce67d.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2712_zps0ac47ec5.jpg

CaptJJ
04-14-2014, 02:02 PM
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2699_zps535950b1.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/P82A2012_zpsbac78c02.jpg

CaptJJ
04-14-2014, 02:02 PM
Rushmore:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2758_zps4c912b60.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2759_zps28ab0af0.jpg

Crazy Horse:
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/101_2766_zpsa17b2a45.jpg

CaptJJ
04-14-2014, 11:02 PM
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/100_2665_zps582423e7.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w203/lgsalmon/Nebraska%202014/100_26602_zpsabdf6179.jpg

elkslayer4x5
04-15-2014, 08:51 AM
Not so sure I'd be sounding the horn driving through the tunnel that has the "Falling Rocks" sign before the "Sound Horn" sign! :D Great scenery! Bucket list recurve hunt for me is the American Bison! Very tough draw tag!

CLT Bluesman
04-16-2014, 08:36 AM
This was a very nice thread for sure. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. A trip like this is definitely on my bucket list. The scenery shots were wonderful.

bfisher
04-16-2014, 03:16 PM
Nice birds JJ. Nice scenery, too. I think you were hunting from a blind, right? By the way, see you are shooting 40#. Just how much penetration did you get on those birds?

Here in Pa. we can only hunt Tom's (spring gobbler) and only till noon. I'm thinking of giving it a go this year with my 35# Diablo if for no other reason than to get out of the house.

Spiker
04-16-2014, 08:27 PM
Nice job Capt.!!!
Custer park is definitely cool.
NY to Nebraska via South Dakota is for sure the scenic route. :)

And Barry - Yes you should get out and go.!!
I got a Tom a couple years ago with my old 40# DH recurve at 20yds the arrow went right thru.
A 2213 with 125 head.

CaptJJ
04-19-2014, 12:30 PM
Nice birds JJ. Nice scenery, too. I think you were hunting from a blind, right? By the way, see you are shooting 40#. Just how much penetration did you get on those birds?

Here in Pa. we can only hunt Tom's (spring gobbler) and only till noon. I'm thinking of giving it a go this year with my 35# Diablo if for no other reason than to get out of the house.

Thanks Barry. Actually I was shooting a 45# Mamba, yes, from a blind which makes it so you can draw with them so close (7-10 yds). I had really good penetration, had one arrow blow through the bird and go another 20 yds; also did well after hitting bone on a couple shots. The arrows are CX Maxima Hunters cut to 30" and with 50 grain brass inserts, topped off with 150 grain Snuffer broadheads; total weight around 450 grains.

I think 35# should be plenty, give it a shot; like you said even just to get out of the house.

bfisher
04-19-2014, 02:27 PM
If nothing else I could get to the woods in the dark and get some serious nap time without having to listen to the wife snoring. LOL. Some years back I used to pack in about 5 miles and hunt turkeys till 11:00. Then I'd break down the O/U (24" barrel), put it in my backpack and get out the collapsible fishing rod and waders and fish for trout the rest of the day on my way back to the truck. That far in I hardly ever saw another person all day. Usually saw deer in the morning and turkeys while fishing. LOL.