Nebraska Merriam Turkey Hunts
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Nebraska Turkey Hunting has never been better!
hunting in the springtime is an incredible experience, and a super time to be in
D&E Outfitters only
takes at one time a limited number of Nebraska Merriam turkey hunters that we can comfortably handle and ensure without a doubt that
they will feel like they are being treated as a person and not a number. “Come a
Stranger and leave a Friend”.
hosting the correct number of Merriam Turkey Hunters at one time may vary from
hunt to hunt and the type of hunts booked; i.e. Guided or Self-Guided. But,
rest assured that number is very comfortable for everyone and allows Evelyn, Tom,
Cam and I to provide as much personnel attention to each hunter to
make each hunt a success and depart as a friend.
- Our normal average success rates on guided merriam turkey hunts is 100% permit fill and self-guided nebraska turkey hunts run 99% permit fill and a 100% opportunity on permits.
- It is very common for our Merriam turkey hunters to harvest and fill all their permits in 1 day.
- Many hunters use our Nebraska Merriams turkey hunts to fulfill their Turkey Grand Slam, Royal Slam or World Slam. We take their trust in us as a Premier Nebraska Merriam Turkey Hunting Outfitter to be part of their dream very serious.
guests, which many are long time turkey hunters with many turkey's to their credit: say they have never
seen Merriam turkey hunting so good with so many turkeys and mature Gobblers!
- Turkey hunters say Nebraska is one the very best turkey hunting destinations across North America and premier location for spring turkey hunters looking for their merriam's turkey.
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Merriam Turkey - Frequently Asked Questions
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Nebraska Merriam Turkey Hunts Prices, Dates:
3-day self-guided turkey hunts with Food & Lodging for 1 Turkey...$900
3-day self-guided turkey hunt with Food & Lodging for 2 Turkeys...$1,200
3-day 2x1 fully guided merriam turkey hunts for 1 Turkey...$1,200 (we guarantee a shot on the first bird on fully guided hunts)
3-day 2x1 fully guided merriam turkey hunt for 2 Turkeys...$1,500 (we guarantee a shot on the first bird on fully guided hunts)
*Ask for 1x1 prices.
If you do not get a shot opportunity on our fully guided spring turkey hunts you can come back the following year and hunt "free" on a 1 turkey fully guided turkey hunt.
- Non-Hunters are welcome to come with friends or family members. The fee is $400 per individual (with a maximum of 1 per paid hunter).
- Contact us today to book your hunt Nebraska merriam turkey hunting adventure.
Non-Resident Nebraska spring turkey hunting permits:
*Adult spring turkey permits are $95 for each gobbler, plus a yearly $20 Habitat Stamp.
*Non-resident Youth turkey permits are only $5.00 each turkey, plus a yearly $20 Habitat Stamp.
*Permits can be purchased online 4-5 days prior to hunt start date and printed out at www.outdoornebraska.org
Springs Turkey hunts dates:
*Archery Turkey - March 25 to May 31
*Youth shotgun season April 9 to May 31
*General shotgun April 16 to May 31
Self-guided turkey hunts with Food and Lodging include: 3 days hunting, up to 4 nights lodging, meals, snacks, freezing, and limited guide help. Pre-season scouting, confirmed roosts, strut zones, travel corridors, and feeding areas.
- Not included: hunting permits, licenses, guide, field transportation, blinds, decoys, chairs, any hunting gear, trophy field care, bird cleaning or meat processing, taxidermy, gratuities. (Need to bring SUV, AWD, or 4-wheel drive type vehicle)
Fully Guided Nebraska Turkey Hunts include: 3 days hunting, up to 4 nights lodging, meals and snacks, guiding, transportation, field bird processing, freezing, decoys, and blinds.
- Not included: hunting permits, licenses, personnel hunting gear, taxidermy, guide gratuities. (Any turkey peppered or wounded and not recovered is a harvested bird and fills a permit.)
*When posted on-line review and understand 2016 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations
Nebraska Turkey Hunt Details
Nebraska Turkey Hunting Info
Nebraska turkey population is doing good. The Nebraska Game and Parks say the Nebraska turkey population outlook is looking good. Nebraska Merriam Turkey hunting is great with liberal, and lengthy seasons, which makes for great Nebraska turkey hunting for all hunters. Permits are "Unlimited with No Draw Required" at a reasonable price.
*2015 was our 11th year conducting our Nebraska turkey hunts and it went great as usual! Our Guided Turkey hunts were 100% successful for archery, crossbow, and shotgun. Self-guided hunts run 98% but with a 100% shot opportunity.
*There is no minimum age to hunt turkeys in Nebraska.
Hunters under age 12 MUST be accompanied at all times when hunting anything with a firearm or crossbow by a licensed hunter age 19 or older who if between the age of 19 and 30 must carry proof they have completed a Hunter Education Course.
*We turkey hunt across many Nebraska ranches and farms that we lightly hunt each year. All are well managed having excellent mature Merriam turkey populations.
*Many of our Nebraska turkeys again weighed over 21-23 pounds, with many Big Old Tom Gobblers weighing over 23 pounds. In 2015 we had incredible 9 double gobbler harvests. Our turkeys harvested again average age was 3 years old! With high numbers of 4 and 5 year old Boss gobblers. We have an excellent proven population of old mature gobblers with many having tree hanger spurs!
*We practice "No Shooting Jake's". Jake numbers this spring were very good from a good hatch in our hunt area the year before!
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Peppered, Wounded or Missed Bird Policy
If you miss 2 or more times your hunt is considered complete due to shot overspray that hits the bird and the lack of hunt preparation on your part or the lack of shooting skills.
- We need to respect this great resource and you need to be prepared with your weapon prior to the hunt.
- A hunter needs to be mature and must only take shots they know then can make.
- A peppered or wound bird is considered a harvest bird and fills that permit.
- For the reasons listed above we Highly Recommend all shotguns have a turkey scope or red dot sighted in with a shooting sled.
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- Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed firearm Hunter Education
when hunting turkey with a firearm or crossbow.
- An Apprentice Hunter
Education Exemption Certificate is available for those who have not
completed Hunter Education.
- Hunters under age 12 and those using the
Exemption Certificate must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 19 or
- Your card by law must be carried with you at all times while
Bow hunter safety is not required when archery turkey hunting in Nebraska.
There is no minimum age to hunt turkeys in Nebraska
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Nebraska Turkey Hunt
Nebraska turkey hunting terrain we hunt is vast, diverse, varying from creek and river country, to cultivated fields, to vast open range rolling hills. We hunt across many ranches and tracks of land by doing this, and lightly hunting each one, allows us to manage for old mature gobblers.
We use ground blinds with some run and gun hunting methods. As spring turkey hunting season changes we adapt and use the best hunting method for our turkey hunting areas in Nebraska.
- Our Shotgun, crossbow and archery turkey hunters don't hunt over feeders or in high fences. These hunts are Free Ranging Wild Turkey Fair Chase Hunts.
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Turkey Hunt Equipment
We are known as a top Merriam Turkey Outfitters and Guide Services in Nebraska for Nebraska shotgun, archery turkey hunts and crossbow turkey hunting.
Many believe archery turkey hunting is one of the toughest hunts a hunter can do.
On merriam turkey bow hunts or crossbow. We have found Primos Double Bull Blinds works best.
A critical factor that turkey bow hunter shoot a fast shooting bow or crossbow such as a BowTech, PSE, TenPoint or Stryker crossbow.
Crossbows, overall weight, speed, and having a light crisp trigger pull are critical.
Bows need to fit you and be at your normal draw weight.
Do not reduce your bow poundage for archery turkey hunting.
- 50 pound minimum draw weight.
- Lazar Range Finder is a must for all archery merriams turkey hunting.
Pin point accuracy and broadhead performance are critical key factors in archery or crossbow Merriam turkey getting!
Turkeys have an extremely small vital kill zone, so we recommend using 3D targets before your hunt that mark the body kill zone. You should practice
shooting in all positions to include sitting or kneeling positions for a blind daily before your hunt.
We want our archery and crossbow turkey hunters to use one of the best "Turkey Buster Broadheads".
- NAP Spitfire Gobbler-Getter, NAP F.O.C. Turkey Broadhead, Rage 3-Blade Turkey Broadheads, or Rocket BuckBlaster 125 grain 2 3/4" with additional 3 fixed blades all work great. These are some of the best on the market at this time proven for turkey bow hunting and crossbow turkey hunts!
- Heavier broadhead the better for maximum kinetic energy.
*Bring a spare release.
*Other archery turkey hunting gear items you might want to consider for your archery turkey hunt is a Primos Bow Sling, and a GoPro.
Our shotgun Nebraska turkey hunts are considered one of the best that Nebraska Turkey Outfitters and Guides have to offer.
We recommend shooting a fitted semiautomatic camo 12 gauge 3 1/2" magnum shotgun with a premium turkey choke that we recommend, shooting hard hitting Hevi-Shot turkey loads.
We have seen many successes with the following semiautomatic turkey shotguns. The Benelli Super Vinci, Benelli Super Black Eagle, Browning A5, and Remington VersaMax. These turkey shotguns are the best turkey jelly head makers that I have seen. They set a standard for those distance long beard shots.
proven Merriam Turkey shotguns: Remington 870
Express Super Magnum Turkey, Winchester Super X3, and Benelli Super Nova.
Turkey Choke tube is a must!
- We only recommend the NWTF Still Target World Record and World Champion holders: the 15 time Indian Creek Black Diamond Strike Choke Tube, and the 3 time JEB "Head Hunter Choke Tube. These are the best turkey chokes made to date!
- Magnum Turkey Loads must be used on our Nebraska turkey hunts.
- We only recommend that you use HEVI-Shot Magnum Blend or HEVI-Shot Turkey Loads in #5 shot. HEVI-shot is the best we have seen to date that will flatten an gobbler out...period!
Note: If you must use Winchester Long Beard XR #5, you need to use the Carlson's Long Beard XR Choke Tube that was specifically designed to be used with it!
Note: Your turkey load and choke must "Pattern" in your shotgun with a turkey's head and neck target: "No Body Shots" Head and Neck Only!
- You need to pattern your shotgun at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards using a turkey head and neck pattern target well before your hunt. You are looking for 14-20 pellets in the head and neck area; more the better!
- It is a must you use the same turkey loads you will be turkey hunting with to pattern your shotgun.
- Getting a fitted Turkey Shotgun, Turkey Load and turkey Choke Tube combination is key to having a tight pattern to get your spring gobbler.
- Concerning choke tubes, getting your shotgun to pattern well with turkey loads is the proper constriction of your choke tube. Please do some research in this area.
- Go to Nebraska Game and Parks web pages for great information tools in helping get your turkey shotgun ready for your Nebraska guided turkey hunt or Nebraska self-guided Turkey hunt: Shotgun Check and Turkey Target.
- We recommend fitting your shotgun with these items: for sights, look at a Truglo Strut 'N Rut Shotgun Scope, Gobble-Stopper, Tru-Brite Open Red-Dot sight, or a Nikon Turkey Pro BTR Scope or open Fiber-optic type sights. Also, a good Sling and LimbSaver Recoil Pad are must haves. This makes for a great Gobbler-Getter.
- Other shotgun turkey hunting gear items you might want to look at is a Primos Trigger Stick or some type of Turkey Shooting Sticks that are now on the market.
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Lodging - Meals
STUART NEBRASKA location: Hunts that include lodging and meals: Our lodging is an updated, very clean rural Farm House on a quite country road with a very relaxing atmosphere. The meals are hearty home-made in a buffet style, which you serve yourself when ready. If you have certain snacks or drinks you like you can bring those on your own as needed.
Breakfasts are light and quick consisting of dry cereals, instant oatmeal, pastries, toast, and fruit. There will also be assorted juices, and coffee.
Lunch, you will pack your own lunch of cold-cut sandwiches the night before. Also, along with sandwiches there will be fruit, chips, crackers, sweets, water and gatorade. There are plenty of choices to pick from. You are also more then welcome to any left-overs there might be in the fridge at anytime. We recommend you pack a heartier lunch then you are use to. We have found the Nebraska fresh air always increases the appetite.
Our Nebraska Dinner meals will consist of meat dishes, casserole dishes, or crock-pot meals, salad, vegetables, rolls and dessert. Meals are hearty and home-made and very delicious!
If you have any meal concerns or special meal needs please bring it to our attention before or when booking your hunt.
- Food and non-alcoholic drinks are always available to you. The biggest complaint we get is a person weighs more at the end of their hunt than upon arriving.
- If you enjoyed our meals, please keep the cook in when mind when you consider gratuities, this is very much appreciated.
- Alcohol is not provided, but is allowed after hunting is done for the day and can not interfere with other hunters. Intoxication will not be tolerated.
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Getting to Stuart and Valentine Nebraska
We hunt near the towns of Stuart and Valentine Nebraska in North Central Nebraska.
Note: Our cell phone reception is minimal in these areas.
Note: when you fly you need to buy changeable airline tickets. In most cases our turkey hunts get done in 1-2 days.
We expect you to drive to us:
For driving directions to Stuart or Valentine Nebraska click on the city name in blue, then put in your zip code to either Stuart or Valentine Nebraska.
When hunting near Stuart Nebraska you can fly into either:
- Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours
- Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours 40 minutes
- Sioux Falls South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours 20 minutes
- Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 45 minutes
When hunting near Valentine Nebraska you can fly into either:
- North Platte Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours
- Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 5 hours 20 minutes
- Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours 20 minutes
- Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours
- Sioux Falls South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 20 minutes
When flying with the airlines you will need to follow the regulations for guns and ammunition, ask the airlines for information if unsure.
You will need to call 2 hours prior to arrival, then we will discuss with you where to meet.
Plan to arrive between 3-6 p.m. the day before your turkey hunt start date. After arriving you will get your gear unpacked and ready, pattern your shotgun as required, then a hunt orientation, and safety brief. Please do not call early in the morning or arrive before scheduled time.
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Meat and Taxidermy - Turkey
A problem that faces a turkey hunter who has just driven or flown across the country to go on a turkey hunt is how to get there turkey/meat safely home. Please read below on what we have learned and know:
- Ensure you know Nebraska, states traveling thru and state you live in big game transportation and importation laws and any other legal requirements in this area. This is your responsibility.
- Check with your airline or ground carrier about any restrictions about transporting a frozen turkey and meat.
- Keeping the same airline on connecting flights will help avoid luggage issues.
Transporting your trophy turkey home to taxidermist. On fully Guided hunts we help you with the below steps and on Self-guided it is up to you. We recommend the following before freezing for transport:
Most taxidermist's prefer the turkey not gutted. Check with yours before the trip. You can get the meat after you take it to the
Taxidermist being it is frozen.
Treat the turkey very carefully to keep the turkey feathers from getting damaged, only lay on turkey's stomach/breast, and keep all blood off of feathers.
To help with blood, put paper towel or cotton balls in turkeys mouth, next wrap turkey head with paper towels and tape or rubber band in place, next tuck wrapped head under the wing.
Next, put your turkey head first in the leg of a pair of queen size panty hose. Then pull up around the entire turkey to include the turkey tail, then tie the open end of the panty hose in a knot, then freeze. This will protect the turkey feathers holding them securely in place.
After it is frozen, take out of freezer, then wrap entire bird completely in Aluminum Foil, then wrap entire bird in bubble wrap, then put head first in a large plastic bag and roll gently squeezing the air out of the bag and securely tape bag in place before putting it in the cooler for transport.
This is the best method we have found to date to get your trophy home to mount.
You should use coolers for transporting your meat and turkey.
Flying: duct tape the coolers shut after you get to the airport in case they need to open and pack them as tightly as possible.
Driving: use duct tape to hold the lids tightly shut. This keeps out air, even when the truck is on rough roads, and hits bumps.
If you fly, once meat and turkey is processed and frozen, it can be boxed and checked as excess baggage. Meat/trophy bird should be frozen as dry ice is not allowed on airplanes.
US Mail, UPS, or FedEx, we have had hunters use all with good success. To make this work best with perishable items. They need to be shipped out at a office by the main airport you fly into. Reason, where we are located in Nebraska we are far away from the interstates and major airports so everything is Ground shipment first, then overnight so "overnight" actually turns into 2-3 days. Note: if shipping nonperishable where time isn't a factor. We have a Post office's and drop boxes for UPS and FedEx in our local areas.
Local Taxidermist is available to expedite (ship) your trophy to your home taxidermist or they can mount your trophy and ship back to you. They are very knowledgeable and skilled on species we hunt. This is an easy and efficient way to handle your taxidermy needs. Most often they will often do a better job than someone who has seen few of the particular animals from our areas.
- The one we will recommend is a "small Full-Time Taxidermy Studio" focused on providing high quality taxidermy within a reasonable time period, averaging six to nine months. They do everything they can to meet your expectations. They are very methodical, meticulous and a driven person that never settles for second best or "just good enough" I would trust them with my finest trophy.
Note: With all this said above, our hunters are telling us it is best "to drive when you can". They say with a partner and rotating driving, you can get anywhere within the states in a days travel, which is what you are burning up flying anyway, along with renting a car and driving to us. This way you get to bring all your gear and take everything back and use a meat processor close to home and your own taxidermist. Our recommendation is to drive if at all possible.
Most important it is a must to plan ahead in this area and determine before the hunt how you want to handle your meat and trophy turkey.
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Nebraska Turkey Hunting Travel Insurance
Hunting out of state is expensive, with life being unpredictable and the unexpected does happen to everyone and for this reason D & E Outfitters highly recommends buying Travel Guard's Sportsman's Travel Protection Plan Insurance.
You need to make sure it includes cancellation coverage.
This is your responsibility to ensure you are covered and protected.
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Tipping is a way of saying thank you to those who made your turkey hunting trip enjoyable.
Hiring an guide or outfitter for hunting is a considered a service based industry. Tipping has been a part of guiding and outfitting from the beginning. Its nothing new. I have been asked many times by clients about tip amounts. First, I believe tip’s must be earned, and is a personal gift from the client for services they are happy with.
With that said, I have been a guide/outfitter for almost 20 years and the rule of thumb is, if cooks, guides, or guide/outfitter do a great job tip them. Most cooks, guides, or guide/outfitter work there butt off to produce a quality hunt, and should be compensated for it.
Tipping the Outfitter: many say not to tip the outfitter, however if the outfitter is also the guide, then it is customary to tip them just like a guide. Also, if the outfitter goes above and beyond in a particular aspect of the hunt, a tip would then also be in order.
Food for thought: I have been told by many other Outfitters that "Hunters that don't tip in our camp are not invited to come back”.
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