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Didn’t See That One Coming

Camping down here in southeast Nebraska for the shotgun turkey opener with my brother-in-law Dave Flanagan. We had roosted several toms last night and were working some birds this morning in the power lines when we began to hear a strange noise.

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As the noise grew louder, we exited the blind to see what was going on. Man were we surprised when this helicopter buzzed us at around 70 feet. I could have hit it with a stick!

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They were checking the power lines…on opening day of shotgun turkey season? Needless to say, the birds went silent after this. Notice the blade bending in the wind shear. Pretty cool!
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I waved at the pilot as he hovered over us. Just goes to show you how, in the turkey woods, bad luck can strike at any time. Oh but the gobbles I heard this morning were worth the price of admission!
Jeff

About Jeff Rawlinson

Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

3 comments

  1. cool image of the blades but I’m guessing this was due to the way the camera captured the image rather than wind? something like this maybe? http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/tech/heli-puzzle.html I’ve ruined hints in many ways but never by helicopter :)

  2. It’s not the wind bending the blade. That is the rolling shutter in the camera giving that effect.

  3. The blades aren’t bending, it’s the camera capturing the image from top to bottom. The blades have time to rotate further between each line of pixels.

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