NEW MEXICO MERRIAM
3 DAYS 2 GOBBLERS $1800
2017 – 12 HUNTERS 24 LONGBEARDS
This outfitter has several private ranches with very good Merriam numbers. 2017 spring all 12 hunters killed 2 gobblers each and in 2016 all 10 hunters scored on 2 birds. This area in northeastern New Mexico has plenty of prime habitat including wooded canyons and moist river bottoms. Fresh spring growth in the hay fields concentrates the birds in the cottonwood bottoms. Real nice new lodge with plenty of bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and top notch meals really makes this 3 day hunt guided 2×1 a great hunt. Hunts start mid April and continue to early May. Openings are limited due to repeat bookings. Hunters fly into Colorado Springs and rent a car for the 3 hour drive to the lodge. Hunt TU278.
TEXAS RIO GRANDE GOBBLERS
2 BIRDS FOR ONLY $1350
INCLUDES AIRPORT PICKUP
Last spring all 16 hunters tagged 2 gobblers maintaining a near perfect record the past several years. $1,350 INCLUDES 2 GOBBLERS, nice lodging, meals, guiding and AIRPORT PICKUP! The past several springs have produced exceptional hatches and the bird numbers are quite high. He will only book new hunters after the first of the year to allow past hunters the opportunity to rebook.
This outfitter operates on a nice private ranch about 40 miles south of San Angelo with over 6,000 acres. He offers 2 1/2 day full service hunts starting the first weekend of April and goes to the end of the month. Hunters can choose their own style of hunting and have a choice of utilizing a guide or hunting on their own. Some hunters prefer to just hike and call, commonly referred to as run and gun, while others would rather hunt over feeders or water areas as the birds will visit these places daily. The outfitter knows the roost sites and can direct you to an area that holds birds. Bunkhouse accommodations with excellent home cooked meals. This outfitter manages his property for quality and success. San Angelo airport pickup. Hunt TU233. TU233 Hunt Photos.
NEBRASKA MERRIAMS $1400
3 DAYS 2 GOBBLERS
This Nebraska outfit has over 30,000 private acres northwest of North Platte in central Nebraska with over 8 miles of riverbottom and another camp with 70,000 private acres half an hour to the east with 10 miles of riverbottom, both Merriam turkey havens. Success has typically been near 100 percent and the majority of hunters take a second gobbler.
He offers 3 day hunts priced at $1,400 that includes 2 birds, nice ranch house lodging, meals and airport pickup in North Platte or fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 hour drive. Most birds are taken from blinds. If you want a calling guide it is an additional $400. Season opens mid April and runs to the end of May. Hunt TUNE565. TUNE565 Hunt Photos.
KANSAS RIOS OR EASTERNS $1400′
3 DAYS 2 GOBBLERS
We have had hunters take both a Rio and an Eastern on the first day of their hunt with this Kansas outfitter. Success has always run very high with most hunters taking 2 birds. He controls over 24,000 private acres and is priced at only $1,400 for 2 birds and 3 days of hunting. This property has both Eastern and Rio turkeys and is located just outside Manhattan in northeastern Kansas. Nice lodge accommodations and meals with airport pickup in Manhattan included. If you need a calling guide the price is an additional $400. Season dates are mid-April to late May. HCU consultants Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have taken birds here. Hunt TUKS565. TUKS565 Hunt Photos.
DO IT YOURSELF MERRIAM HUNT
NEBRASKA 4 DAYS 2 BIRDS ONLY $700
This northwest Nebraska rancher/outfitter will allow you to hunt 4 days on his 2000 private acres for two Merriam gobblers for $700. Hunters stay at a local motel and eat in restaurants at their own expense. Most birds are taken in a couple key areas by setting up and calling.
The area is known as Pine Ridge country and has big ponderosa pines and canyons making this a very beautiful area to hunt turkeys. Hunts run from about April 15 to May 30 and early hunts could be cold. He will accommodate a pair of hunters or up to 4 max and typically your party is the only turkey hunters on the property. They allowed a total of 12 hunters spring of 2017 and all 12 scored with 9 hunters taking a second gobbler. Bookings will be limited to prevent over hunting. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this property. Hunt TU327. TU327 Hunt Photos.
FLORIDA TROPHY HUNTS FOR
OSCEOLA GOBBLERS, GATORS AND HOGS
This outfitter has some of the best Osceola hunting Florida has to offer. If you have never hunted gators out of an airboat on the swamps at night you are missing a great adventure. Everything from chasing hogs with hounds to fishing some prime Florida waterways, this trip is bargain priced for the memories it will create.
This outfitter located in the southern part of Florida offers his 4 day turkey hunt for $2,500 and you can take one hog at no cost as long as you take the meat home. They have a real nice operation with very comfortable cabins in a great setting in the woods.
They normally harvest 30 to 35 long beards every spring and if you cripple a bird and do not find it your hunt is over.
Hog hunting package for 3 days and 3 nights is $875 and includes one meat hog, additional trophy hogs are $275 or meat hogs $125.
Gator hunts on 8 to 9 foot gators are $1,500, 9 to 10 foot $2,500, 10 to 11 foot $3,500, 11 to 12 foot $4,500, 12 to 13 foot $5,500, 13 foot or over is $10,000 plus $350 per day for lodging and meals. Gator and hog combos make a great trip.
He also offers several packages, such as a 6 foot gator plus a hog, 2 nights lodging, meals and guide for only $1750 in September or October. Nice cabin accommodations and hunters fly into Orlando or Ft. Meyers and rent a car or airport transportation can be arranged for $300. Hunt HG863. HG863 Hunt Photos.
We also know an Osceola turkey guide that offers a very inexpensive 2 1/2 day hunt for only $1,400, but you pay for your own motel and meals. The method of hunting is sitting in blinds near food plots and he prefers to only take one hunter and he does the guiding and calling. Crippled birds are considered kills and your hunt is over. Spring of 2017 all 7 hunters took home gobblers. Season runs from March 19 to April 24. Hunters fly into Orlando and rent a car for a 50 mile drive to Ocala. Most hunters stay at the Days Inn with 24 hour dining on a special rate. Hunt TU481.
4 DAYS 2 BIRDS ONLY $700
This southeastern Montana ranch has 20,000 private acres with about 5,000 in agriculture and river bottoms. Bird numbers appear to be high and past success has been 100 percent. Season is April 8 to May 21. Hunters are allowed 2 gobblers each with 4 hunting days. This is a trespass hunt, no guides, no lodging, no meals. Motel accommodations are only 18 miles to the north in Ekalaka. Minimum of 2 hunters with 4 max per hunt. Hunt TU534.