Nebraska in March can be chilly—even frigid—but that doesn’t stop a band of dedicated hunters intent on hunting spring turkeys. With its diverse terrain and two-bird limit, central Nebraska offers even fanatics an incredible turkey hunting experience, even if at times it may feel like a winter deer hunt.
When the wind barrels down the Great Plains and shoots over the hills, Central Nebraska can feel more like a winter deer hunt than a spring hunt for turkeys. Roosted birds are reluctant to fly down … but of roosted birds, there are plenty.
The sagging limbs of a lone, large cottonwood tree quivered with the weight of 400 turkeys. The tree was a known roost, and so the hunters slipped into the blind well before dawn ... and waited for the sun.
Even with a modern crossbow scoped with a Trijicon Acog XB, hits are not guaranteed. Leesman’s bolt hit an inch above the wing butt; slow-motion video revealed it glanced off, merely stunning the gobbler.
From his comfortable hide, Leesman was also stunned that the turkey recovered and ran off—from what seconds before appeared as a clean kill. Lucky for him, there is no shortage of birds near Arnold, Neb.