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.
SOUTHCENTRAL NEW MEXICO MERRIAMS ONLY $1050 UNGUIDED INCLUDES LODGING/NO MEALS
This outfitter has a couple private ranches of about 4,000 acres each that hold Merriam turkeys and he offers a trespass fee hunt that does include ranch house accommodations, but no meals. Success has typically run near 100 percent on one gobbler and half the hunters take a second bird. He normally takes less than 10 hunters per spring.
3 days is $1,050 and only includes lodging, a guide can be hired for $450 per hunter. Season is April 15 to May 10 and hunters fly into Roswell or Albuquerque and rent a car for the 1 or 2 1/2 hour drive. Hunt TU575.
NEBRASKA MERRIAMS TRESPASS FEE
3 DAYS 2 GOBBLERS $775
4 DAYS $850
3 RANCHES 4,000 ACRES
These ranches are located in northwestern Nebraska known as the Pine Ridge area, beautiful country known to hold good Merriam numbers. He has access to 3 ranches from 3,000 acres down to 320 acres.
This is also a good opportunity for archers as this outfitter is a bowhunter himself and he could set up some blinds along travel routes between roosting sites and feeding areas. Archery season normally opens late March, about 3 weeks ahead of shotgun season, but this could be colder snowy conditions.
$775 is the 3 day trespass fee allowing you 2 gobblers or hunters can schedule 4 days for $850. Lodging and meals are not included and most hunters stay at a local motel and eat in local restaurants. A guide can be provided for an additional $350, if he is scheduled in advance. Shotgun season is typically mid April to late May and early hunts could be in snow. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on these properties. Hunt TU402.
OHIO EASTERNS 2 GOBBLERS $700 4 DAYS LODGING INCLUDED
This outfitter has access to close to 20 farms southeast of Cincinnati near the Kentucky border. In Ohio you can shoot 2 spring gobblers, but not on the same day. Price is extremely reasonable considering he supplies lodging, but no meals or guide. He will show you around and suggest on where to go, but this is an unguided hunt.
4 days from April 20 to May 15 is only $700. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has turkey hunted with this outfitter. Hunt TU513.
TEXAS RIO GRANDE $1500 3 DAYS 2 GOBBLERS
Here is a new outfitter to HCU located southeast of San Angelo. They only take around 8 spring turkey hunters per year allowing them 2 birds each. They have pop-up blinds and brush blinds where you can hike from camp or they provide Ranger side by side transportation. Hunters do their own calling, but a guide can be provided for an additional $250.
2 day 3 night hunts are only $1,250 but for an additional day cost is only $250 plus $126 license. Accommodations is a ranch house with all the amenities and hunters take care of their early morning breakfast, back around 11:00 for a brunch and a nice dinner after the evening hunt, these meals are provided.
Hunters are normally scheduled over weekends arriving at 2:00 pm hunt that evening, hunt next day or two and finish the last morning departing by noon. Season dates are March 20 to May 2 and free range axis bucks can be taken on a $2,500 trophy fee.
Hunters fly into San Angelo or San Antonio and rent a car for the 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 hour drive. Hunt TU665.
FLORIDA TROPHY HUNTS FOR OSCEOLA GOBBLERS, GATORS AND HOGS
This outfitter has some of the best Osceola hunting Florida has to offer or you might want to try hunting gators out of an airboat on the swamps at night. 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 $2,850 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 35 to 45 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 $1,750, 9 to 10 foot $2,750, 10 to 11 foot $3,750, 11 to 12 foot $4,750, 12 to 13 foot $5,750, 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, 1 night 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 $1,500, 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 at a time and he does the guiding and calling. Crippled birds are considered kills and your hunt is over. He normally does less than 10 hunters per year and success has been running 90 percent. If you need an Osceola to finish your slam this is a bargain. Hunters fly into Orlando and rent a car for a 50 mile drive to Ocala. Most hunters stay at one of the several motels with 24 hour dining on a special rate. Hunt TU481.
MEXICO GOULDS TURKEY PAST 100 PERCENT SUCCESS $2500 SECOND GOBBLER $950
This well established American outfitter meets all his hunters in Tucson, Arizona and then drives them across the border to the private ranches totaling over 60,000 acres registered for hunting located about a 5 hour drive into the high Sierra’s of Chihuahua. He has hunted this part of Chihuahua for the past 20 years with exceptional success; in fact, they have been 100 percent for several years.
This is an ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE OF $2,500 and a second bird can be taken on a $950 trophy fee. The price includes 3 1/2 days of hunting guid- ed 2×1, lodging, meals, shotguns and ammunition, all paperwork to legally hunt in Mexico, all trophy care and required documents to import the birds into the U.S. and all transportation from his ranch in Tucson to the hunting destination and return.
Gould’s hunts are from the third week of April to mid May. He normally runs 5 to 6 hunters per hunt and hunts his ranches 3 times each for turkeys. The ranches have good road systems utilizing ATV’s and pickups.
Nice ranch house accommodations with solar or generator power, hot showers, beds with linens and good food with some Mexican dishes. Open- ings are very limited, book ahead. Hunt TU559.
SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANTS
5 ROOSTERS DAILY 3 DAYS $1995 WALK AND FLUSH W/DOGS MANY OPTIONS INCLUDE DUCKS
This family run outfit is located in northeastern South Dakota. They hunt family farms totaling over 20,000 private acres and also 6 miles of river frontage on the James River. They train their own labs, short hairs and wire haired dogs and hunters are welcome to bring their own.
Hunting is typically over dogs walking and flushing birds, not driven hunts with blockers like most places. If you have a group of at least 4 you will be your own party or if less you have the option of hiring your own guide for $150 per hunter.
3 day 3 rooster packages starting the third Saturday in October are $1,770, 4 days $2,360 and 5 days is $2,950. 3 day 5 rooster packages are $1,995, 4 days $2,585 and 5 days is $3,175. Extra roosters can be taken at $50 per bird and processing is $10 per bird. Hunters can get a 10% discount if hunts are booked by March 15 for the coming fall.
They have waterfowl hunts with 6 miles of river frontage along the James River in the Central Flyway and they also border a 28,000 acre Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Duck hunting starts the first Saturday of October and this can be combined with 3 pheasants per day. 4 days waterfowl/pheasants are $3,500 or 5 days is $4,375.
They have a 3,000 acre pheasant hunting reserve that they open Labor Day weekend for hunters and they can combine pheasants with some local Canadian geese.
Lodging is a 4 story farmhouse built in 1913 and renovated with 15 bedrooms, 10 private baths, large kitchen and dining area, pool table, plasma TV’s, bar and home cooking.
Hunters are picked up at the Aberdeen Airport. Hunt PH949.
RIO TURKEYS $1150 3 DAYS 2 GOBBLERS
This outfitter has over 7,000 private acres just below the Texas panhandle. He allows you to take 2 gobblers, with an option on a third bird for an additional $200. Most hunters utilize pop up blinds, hunt near feeders or roost areas and some just run and gun.
Ranch house lodging with meals included for 3 days and 4 nights are bargain priced at only $1,150. Hogs can be included for an additional $150 totaling $1,300. On a typical year they take about 30 turkey hunters and just about everyone takes at least one gobbler and many take two. Extra days can be added for only $350.
Season starts about the first Saturday in April and continues until mid May. Hunters fly into Dallas and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive. Hunt TU321.