I love all four seasons, but by the end of February I have had enough winter and start to get spring fever. This time of year the days start getting longer and warmer and it just seems to refresh you. It always seems to me that once the NBA banquet is here, time really starts to fly and I welcome that because what really excites me is spring turkey season.
We are very lucky here in Nebraska to have an archery turkey season that starts in March giving bowhunters a jump on the birds compared to most states. I still get just as excited today watching a big tom run to the decoys as I did when I was just a little guy accompanying my dad on his pursuits of turkeys with a bow. Turkeys are the perfect hunt for beginning bowhunters young and old alike. With todays quick setup blinds, realistic decoys and large flocks throughout the state there is no better time to introduce someone to bowhunting.
Bowhunting turkeys is appealing to children because you can set in the comforts of a pop up blind and being quiet isn't the necessity it is while hunting deer or other big game. Over the years I have managed to take a lot of bowhunters (mostly kids) turkey hunting and had them connect on their first bow kill.
One tip I would give while taking a beginner is set your decoys close. I often times set my decoy at five yards so it gives them an up close encounter and an easy shot. When I started my children I usually had them shoot a cut on contact broadhead so penetration was not an issue.
Turkeys have provided us with so many great memories and also are some of the best eating wild game out there. As I type this it is nearly 70 degrees outside and I can't help but to start thinking about those big toms that are already getting fired up. If you get the chance I encourage you to take a a new bowhunter to the turkey blind this spring. I promise you you won't regret it!
Harlin Welch has been an NBA member since 1990 and has been bowhunting for nearly 30 years. He has two children Zach and Madison that share his passion of bowhunting. Harlin has been married to Kara for 20 years and she allows him to pursue small game, fish and big game with his bow year round.