DIY Turkey Hunt: Nebraska or South Dakota - The Outdoor Community
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Turkey Hunt: Nebraska or South Dakota

Probably early May. Which state and why?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-23-2020, 03:15 PM
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I hear South Dakota is a good state for turkey hunting. never been out of Pa. hunting but that`s what I have seen in videos , outdoor channel and different readings on the subject. good luck on your choice and hunting.
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I've done both. For sheer numbers, Nebraska is hard to beat. Tons of birds and very high success rates. That said, but the state is mostly hybrid birds save for the panhandle region. Those hybrid birds get absolutely huge, but if you're going for a Grand Slam, it may not be your cup of tea. I shot you a PM with some info on the very productive public land options you have, especially if you decide to hit the eastern half of the sate.

For a shot at a pure Merriam on the abundant public land in the Black Hills, SD is excellent. You can get into a small population of Rios in the northeast corner, but a lot of that land is private with no access assurance. Conversely, I saw plenty of Merriam's gobblers on the western public lands. Technically, you can legally hunt any non-posted public land in the Black Hill unit, but I would definitely get verbal permission before accessing someone's place.
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