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South Dakota Spring Turkey
Whats up fellas? Reaching out for some help. My brother and i have been itching to go chase spring turkeys out in nebraska for a few years. I think i have finally gotten my brother to the point where we are actually going to do it and we may have a buddy going as well. However, Nebraska’s opening dates of 2021 conflict with a convention i must attend for work in new orleans, so now we are looking at South Dakota because it looks like the opening date work. Disclaimer, i will have my bow and my goal is to use it, but my brother for sure will be toting his shotgun and if im not good enough a bowhunter to do it with my bow, the gun will come out of the case.
Having said that, i had some intel from a buddy of ours for nebraska, i have zero info on or about south dakota at all, let alone turkey info. So the research begins. I dont think there is a better wealth of knowledge than here on bowsite, so im starting here.
I googled bowsite south dakota turkey and came up with not much. Im going to keep searching, but i guess what we are looking for is what to research as far as state land that accommodates tenting. I am guessing we will be able to put about a week into the trip, we will be flying in from PA.
Right now, we are starting at zilch. Thats why we are starting to get things figured out early. Any help on what to research would be greatly appreciated. In addition to researching where to hunt, we also need to just have a base idea on what to expect weatherwise early april is something we need to know too. Im assuming that time of year up there, snow could be a big issue?
I know there are tons of things i will need to research, too many questions that need answers to think of at this point and more will pop up as we go. This is the start, thanks in advance for any help....
Thanks cheetah, i was looking at that info a bit this morning.
Also, the looks of the merriams is what has been drawing me. So it looks like west of the mizzou river should be our focus?
Nebraska is made for turkey hunting !!
What is special about the opening dates? Just go to Nebraska when you can go. You can get more tags, there’s more birds, and better public land for your needs in Nebraska. It’s just better plain and simple...and this is coming from a guy that kills a lot of SD turkeys.
We definitely would prefer to go to Nebraska, thats for sure. But looking at the dates, we kind of need it to be a week earlier in order to travel across the country to do it. I will get ahold of the biologists or wildlife managers in South Dakota to get some info. Appreciate the help...
Gobbler hunting in both Nebraska and S Dak can be downright nasty weather early. Some years there can be deep snow which makes access tough. Birds also are fairly inactive during poor weather conditions. If possible stay flexible with dates. Turkeys in both states tend to move from the early archery seasons through late April. In fact, some areas may be void of turkeys early while others may be loaded. Obviously every area is a little different. If it were me and I was traveling far I would definitely rather go later than early due to weather.
S Dakota blackhills definitely has the largest areas with public access. You will likely find that Nebraska has scattered public and the public generally has a bit more hunting pressure. You may want local biologist or hunter intel to get you started because each area is totally different.
If your wanting Merriams, do the Pine Ridge are of NE or The Black Hills.
Everything else is hybrids, and don’t think something with a bit more white on the tail tip is a Merriams when it’s surrounded by obvious hybrids.
The true Merriams hunt is in the ponderosa pines. I’d rather kill one bird there than three mongrels on the prairie.