Merriam’s Turkey Hunting In Nebraska – Guided Hunts

Merriam’s Turkey Hunting In Nebraska

  • Merriam's Turkey3 days / 3 nights per hunter:
  • $ 1495.00 Archery / Shotgun Package includes:
  • * 2 Tom Turkeys (third tom  $500 if available)
  • * Transportation once you arrive at NHC, Inc. Lodge (Uncle Bucks Lodge) in Brewster, NE

The New Turkey Guide is available Find information on the Spring season as well as permit pricing and youth hunting information.  Visit the Nebraska Game and Parks website.

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Hunting Outfitter and Guides – Links

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Fall Waterfowl Hunting In Nebraska – Waterfowl Hunting Leases

Waterfowl Hunting Leases In Nebraska – $1000 per hunter

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Francis McLaughlin On HIs Way To A Grand Slam

I would like to thank the Nebraska Hunting Company for his help in getting me a Merriam’s turkey.  Scott is totally committed to getting you a turkey.  He is focused on hunting and will put you on birds.  For me this is the third leg of a Grand slam, now only needing the Osceola.  Another group hunting while I was in Nebraska completed 3 grand slams!  One needed a Merriam’s, the other two needed a Merriam’s and a Rio!

Thanks to Nebraska Hunting Company for my Merriam’s and awesome hunting memories.  Thanks to Marilyn and Walt for the hospitality and wonderful accommodations at Uncle Buck’s Lodge.

Frank McLaughlin
4/23/2013

 
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Pheaant Hunting In Nebraska

Pheasant Hunting In Nebraska – Slight Dip, Still Top Destination

Forecast: Severe heat and drought has plagued much of the Nebraska this summer, which might have impacted pheasant production. The state’s July Rural Mail Carrier Survey indicated statewide decrease of 15 percent compared to 2011, Jeff Lusk, Upland Game Program Manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions, says survey conditions weren’t conducive to observing wildlife, so the decrease may not be as steep as the numbers would indicate.

Despite a slight drop, Nebraska continues to be among the top states in the Midwest for pheasant hunting. Based on the summer survey, the southwest region will once again offer the best hunting opportunities, particularly Red Willow, Hitchcock and Hayes Counties. Additionally, the eastern portion of the Panhandle region (where the survey indicated a 19 percent increase) and the Central region, namely Dawson, Sherman and Greeley Counties, should provide good pheasant hunting opportunities. Lusk points out that continued habitat loss in eastern Nebraska to irrigated corn agriculture has impacted all upland species in this region.

Last year, 46,200 hunters harvested an estimated 217,700 ringnecks in Nebraska.

Season Dates: October 26 through January 31, 2013 Daily Bag Limit: 3 Possession Limit: 12 Field Notes: Nebraska’s Conservation Reserve Program-Management Access Program (CRP-MAP), a long favorite of public land pheasant hunters, is being restructured and transitioned into the Open Fields and Waters Program. The merger simplifies programs and allows higher landowner payment rates to open up additional habitats, including wetlands and woodlands. Helpful Links:

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Merriam's Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations

The New Turkey Guide is available Find information on the Spring season as well as permit pricing and youth hunting information.  Visit the Nebraska Game and Parks website.

WILD TURKEYS

The return of the wild turkey to Nebraska, other states that historically had turkey populations and to states outside the turkey’s historic range is one of the great success stories of wildlife management.

Turkey Distribution Map

The wild turkey was extirpated from Nebraska by about 1915. The modern history of wild turkeys in Nebraska began with releases in 1959. The population prospered, especially in the Merriams subspecies and hybrid birds, and the turkey’s range now includes most major river drainages and the pine ridge. Small, isolated populations are found in appropriate habitat outside the primary

The wild turkey is the largest upland game bird in North America. Adult Merriam’s toms taken in the fall season average 18 pounds and adult hens average 10 pounds. Hybrid birds can be heavier weighing more than 25 pounds.

Most of Nebraska’s turkey hunting takes place on private land, and preseason scouting to establish and renew landowner contacts and locate flocks are the first steps to a successful hunt.

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Merriam's Wild Turkey – Facts and Information

Merriam’s Wild Turkeys are close in size to the Eastern Wild Turkey, but tend to Merriam's Turkeyweigh less
than their related subspecies. Adult male turkeys, also known as a gobbler or
tom, average 4 feet (122 cm) in height and weigh on average 18 – 24 pounds (8 –
11 kg) and have been known to weigh up to 25 – 28 pounds (113 – 13 kg). Juvenile
male turkeys, also known as jakes, will typically be a third of the size of a
mature turkey, weighing an average of 15 – 20 pounds (7 – 9 kg). The Merriam’s
Wild Turkey is characterized by near white tipped tail coverts (the smaller
feathers that cover the larger feathers) and white tail feather tips. The breast
feathers usually have white tips, while the body feathers are an iridescence of
purple, blue and bronze. Female turkeys, also known as hens, can be the same
height as males, but weigh about 8 – 14 pounds (4 – 6 kg).

Merriam’s Wild Turkey Diet

Merriam’s Wild Turkey have a wide variety of foods in their diet ranging from chokecherries, bearberries, ponderosa pine seeds, and grain like corn, oats and wheat. They also enjoy eating insects such as grasshoppers, spiders and beetles. While their range is not as far spread as the Eastern Wild Turkey, a Merriam’s diet can be very broad, as there are plants that are indigenous to certain areas of the country.

Merriam’s Wild Turkey Reproduction

Merriam’s lay their eggs from late-March to early-May depending on their geographic location and typically laying an average of 10 – 12 eggs. This process can take about 2 weeks, as turkeys will usually only lay one egg a day. During the incubation period of 26 – 28 days, the hen will move the eggs periodically throughout the day. Once the incubation period has passed, the eggs may hatch within a 24-hour period of one another. The hen and her newly hatched turkeys (also called poults) will leave the nest within 12 – 24 hours of being hatched in search of food.

Common Name: Merriam’s Wild Turkey
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Meleagris
Species: Meleagris gallopavo
Subspecies: Meleagris gallopavo merriami
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