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Turkey



Turkeys are the largest of the upland game bird species. Wild turkey is a dark bird with a naked, bluish head.

The male, also called a tom, has an overall coloration that is brownish black with an iridescent sheen. His wings have black and white barring. The tom has folds of red skin, called wattles, under the chin; fleshy, wart like caruncles on the neck; and a fingerlike snood dangling beside the bill. A 4 to 10 inch projection of feathers, called a beard, extends from the breast. Additionally, the tom has spurs on his legs. Toms measure 36 to 48 inches long and weigh 17 to 28 pounds. Wingspan on a large tom may be over four feet.

The hen is smaller and browner than the tom, and lacks head features and does not have spurs. Hens measure 26 to 34 inches and 8 to 12 pounds.

The juvenile male, called a jake, and the juvenile female, called a jenny, resemble hens by fall, although they have a duller, more mottled color. After the first year, jakes are larger than hens, and have begun to develop a beard.

Turkeys can run over 20 miles per hour and fly up to speeds of 40 miles per hour.

 

Turkey Hunts

Antler Adventures:

100% success rate in the last 4 years. Merriam turkey hunts are $1,250, this is a 2 tag unit. 3 day 3 night hunt all amenities included.

Garnos Ranch:

All inclusive turkey hunt for $1,500. This is a 3 day 4 night hunt with over 15,000 private acres to hunt your sure to get your birds.

Prairie Dog Lodge:

Hunt the South Central part of South Dakota for Merriam Turkeys. This is a two turkey unit. Semi Guided hunts start at $850 includes lodging, fully guided hunts with meals, lodging and transportation are $1,250. 

J Buck Hunts:

Located in the south central part of South Dakota, your sure to see hundreds of birds a day. Great archery opportunity with 100% success the last 2 years your sure to have a great hunt!

Blackpipe Creek Ranch:

Hunt Merriam Turkey in the south western part of South Dakota. $1,250 3 day / 4 night, for an all inclusive guided turkey hunt for 2 birds. Semi guided hunt $750 for 3 day and 4 nights lodging.

Frying Pan Ranch Bunk House:

Hunt 4,000 acres in South Central Badland Region of South Dakota. Great Merriam Turkey hunting in a double tag unit, $750 for 3 days & 4 nights includes lodging and land.

Deep Creek Outfitters Palmer Ranch:

Go on a 3 day/4 night hunt for $850 for one turkey, or $1,250 for two turkeys.  This is a semi-guided hunt with lodging, meals, field transportation and assistance with bird cleaning.

Medicine Creek Ranch:

$750 for a 3 day/4 night hunt where you can shoot 2 turkeys (1 with a gun, 1 with a bow).  Hunt includes lodging, semi-guided hunt on private land, and supper meal for the final 3 nights of your stay.

Smeenk Ranch

Go on a 3 day/4 night hunt for $1,250 for two turkeys.  This is a semi-guided hunt with lodging, meals, field transportation and assistance with bird cleaning.

4 Seasons Hunting Adventures

Hunt South Dakota for Merriam Turkey.  This 2 bird hunt is $1,250 for 3 days/4 nights with guiding, decoys, blinds, lodging, meals, bird cleaning/freezing, and transportation to and from the field.

Williams Ranch

Go on a 3 day/4 night hunt on 10,000 acres of the White River for $800 for two turkeys.  This is an un-guided hunt on private ground with lodging and meals.  Williams Ranch has hundreds of Merriam’s turkeys that frequent their river bottom land.

Weidner Ranch:
 
$750 gains access to 5,000 acres of private ground, and on-site lodging in the fully furnished trailer house.  This is a 2 turkey hunt.

Burull Ranch:

Hunt Merriam Turkey along the beautiful White River, this is a 2 bird hunt for 3 days and 4 nights for $950. We have lodging available only yards away from the turkeys roost.

Bolton Ranch Outfitters

Spring hunt the south central part of South Dakota for Merriam Turkey. This is a 2 tag hunt for 3 days and 4 nights all amenities included for $1,250.

 



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