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Time in the Blind

Time in the Blind

It’s now the middle of May. Spring turkey season in Nebraska is entering its final weeks.  I have already spent a good number of hours in a ground blind – mostly with members of my family – and I hope to spend several more in the days to come.  For sheer excitement the portable blinds cannot compete with sitting at the base of a tree as a gobbler closes in, but they do give a person plenty of time to do some thinking and talking with the others that share the same space.  This may or may not be a good thing. Take for example the list of recent ground blind conversations I have had…

  • How do portable ground blinds pop up so fast at home and so much slower at your hunting spot?
  • Why is there a direct relationship between how late you are and how long it takes to set up the blind?
  • Who ever thought green apple was a good flavor for jelly beans?
  • Is throwing green apple jelly beans out the window considered baiting?
  • Why are all snacks wrapped in the noisiest, shiniest material known on earth?
  • If Nebraska is so flat, why is the ground under my chair never level?
  • Do people get more boogers in one nostril or the same in both?
  • When did turkeys become so anti-social?
  • How can the decoys you placed so far away in the dark be rubbing the blind in the daylight?
  • Will a meadow vole eat a s’mores flavored pop tart?
    Yes. A vole will eat pop tarts

    Yes. A vole will eat pop tarts

As you can see, some very deep issues. But I wouldn’t trade the time I spend in the spring woods with friends and family for anything…


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About Aaron Hershberger

Aaron "hershy" Hershberger is an Outdoor Education Specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He loves being outdoors. When not outdoors he is day-dreaming about being outdoors and/or whining that he is not outdoors. Hershy has been a Hunter Education Instructor, in two states, for nearly two decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for 15 years.

One comment

  1. Great post, Hershey!

    Daryl B.

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