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Merriam Turkey Hunts

NR Outfitters only takes a limited number of Nebraska Merriam turkey hunters to ensure, without a doubt, that they will feel like they are being treated as a person and not a number. "Come a Stranger and leave a Friend".


Merriam turkey hunting in the springtime is an incredible experience, and a super time to be in the outdoors!

  • Our average success rates on guided Merriam turkey hunts is 100% permit fill, and self-guided Nebraska turkey hunts run 99% permit fill and a 100% opportunity on permits.

  • It is very common for our Merriam turkey hunters to harvest and fill all their permits in 1 day.

  • Hunters use our Nebraska Merriam turkey hunts to fulfill their Turkey Grand Slam, Royal Slam or World Slam.  We take their trust in us as a Premier Nebraska Merriam Turkey Hunting Outfitter to be part of their dream very serious.

  • Our guests, which many are long time turkey hunters with many turkeys to their credit: say they have never seen Merriam turkey hunting so good with so many turkeys and mature Gobblers!

  • Turkey hunters say Nebraska is one the very best turkey hunting destinations across North America and premier location for spring turkey hunters looking for their Merriam turkey.


Nebraska Merriam Turkey Hunts: 
Merriam Turkey $1,695

*Guided turkey hunts are 3x1 hunts. 



*Non-Hunters are welcome to come with friends or family members. The fee is $400 per individual (with a maximum of 1 per paid hunter).

Spring Turkey hunts dates
* Archery Turkey - TBD (April)
* Youth shotgun season - TBD (April)

* General shotgun - TBD (April and May)

Non-Resident Nebraska spring turkey hunting permits

* Adult spring turkey permits are approximately $130 for each gobbler, plus a yearly $25 Habitat Stamp.
* Non-resident Youth turkey permits are only $8.00 each turkey, plus a yearly $25 Habitat Stamp.
* Permits can be purchased online 3-4 days prior to hunt start date and printed out at


Fully Guided Nebraska Turkey Hunts

Fully guided turkey hunts include: lodging, meals, decoys, blinds, field transportation and field care.

Not included: hunting permits, licenses, personnel hunting gear, taxidermy, guide gratuities. (Any turkey peppered or wounded and not recovered is a harvested bird and fills a permit.)

* You will need to review, and understand the Nebraska Hunting Regulations.

Nebraska Turkey Hunting Info

Nebraska turkey population is doing well. The Nebraska Game and Parks say the Nebraska turkey population outlook is looking good.  Nebraska Merriam Turkey hunting is great with liberal, and lengthy seasons, which makes for great Nebraska turkey hunting for all hunters.  Permits are online or over the counter with No Draw Required.

*2016 was our 12th year conducting Nebraska turkey hunts and it went great as usual!  Our Guided Turkey hunts were 100% successful for archery, crossbow, and shotgun. Self-guided hunts on average run 98% with a 100% shot opportunity.

*There is no minimum age to hunt turkeys in Nebraska. Hunters under age 12 MUST be accompanied at all times when hunting anything with a firearm or crossbow by a licensed hunter age 19 or older who if between the age of 19 and 29 must carry proof they have completed a Hunter Education Course.

*We turkey hunt across many Nebraska ranches and farms that we lightly hunt each year. All are well managed having excellent mature Merriam turkey populations.
*Many of our Nebraska turkeys again weighed over 21-23 pounds, with many Big Old Tom Gobblers weighing over 23 pounds.  In 2016 we had incredible 11 double gobbler harvests. Our turkeys harvested again average age was 3 years old!  With high numbers of 4 and 5 year old Boss gobblers.  We have an excellent proven population of old mature gobblers with many having tree hanger spurs!     

*We practice "No Shooting Jake's".  Jake numbers this spring were very good from a good hatch in our hunt area the year before!


Peppered, Wounded or Missed Bird Policy

  • If you miss 2 or more times, your hunt is considered complete due to shot over spray that hits the bird, and the lack of hunt preparation on your part or the lack of shooting skills.

    • We need to respect this great resource and you need to be prepared with your weapon prior to the hunt.

    • A hunter needs to be mature and must only take shots they know then can make.  

  • A peppered or wound bird is considered a harvest bird and fills that permit.

  • For the reasons listed above we Highly Recommend all shotguns have a turkey scope or red dot sighted in with a shooting sled.


Hunter Safety

  • Hunters ages 12 through 29 must have completed firearm Hunter Education when hunting turkey with a firearm, or crossbow.

  • An Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate is available for those who have not completed Hunter Education.

  • Hunters under age 12 and those using the Exemption Certificate must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 19 or older.

  • Your card by law must be carried with you at all times while hunting.

  • Bow hunter safety is not required when archery turkey hunting in Nebraska.

  • There is no minimum age to hunt turkeys in Nebraska


Nebraska Turkey Hunt Terrain
Nebraska turkey hunting terrain we hunt is vast, diverse, varying from creek and river country, to cultivated fields, to vast open range rolling hills.  We hunt across many ranches and tracks of land by doing this, and lightly hunting each one, allows us to manage for old mature gobblers. 

We use ground blinds with some run and gun hunting methods.  As spring turkey hunting season changes we adapt and use best hunting method for our turkey hunting areas in Nebraska.

Our Shotgun, crossbow and archery turkey hunters don't hunt over feeders or in high fences.  These hunts are Free Ranging Wild Turkey Fair Chase Hunts.  

Turkey Hunt Equipment
We are known as a top Merriam Turkey Outfitters and Guide Services in Nebraska for Nebraska shotgun, archery turkey hunts and crossbow turkey hunting.
Many believe archery turkey hunting is one of the toughest hunts a hunter can do. 

A critical factor that turkey archery hunter shoot a fast shooting bow or crossbow such as a BowTech, PSE, TenPoint, or Stryker crossbows.

  • Crossbows, overall weight, speed, and having a light crisp trigger pull are critical.

  • Bows need to fit you and be at your normal draw weight.

  • Do not reduce your bow poundage for archery turkey hunting.

  • 50 pound minimum draw weight.

  • Lazar Range Finder is a must for all archery merriams turkey hunting.

  • Pin point accuracy and broadhead performance are critical key factors in archery or crossbow Merriam turkey getting!

  • Turkeys have an extremely small vital kill zone, so we recommend using 3D targets before your hunt that mark the body kill zone. You should practice shooting in all positions to include sitting or kneeling positions for a blind daily before your hunt.

  • We want our archery and crossbow turkey hunters to use one of the best "Turkey Hunting Broadheads".

    • NAP Spitfire Gobbler-Getter Broadhead, NAP F.O.C. Turkey Broadhead, Cabela's Killmor Turkey Broadhead, or Rage Turkey Extreme Broadhead all work great. These are some of the best on the market at this time proven for turkey bow hunting and crossbow turkey hunts!

    • Heavier broadhead the better for maximum kinetic energy.  

  • Bring a spare release. 

  • Other archery turkey hunting gear items you might want to consider for your archery turkey hunt is a Primos Bow Sling, and a GoPro.

  • On merriam turkey archery hunts or turkey crossbow hunts.  We have found Primos Double Bull Blinds works best.

  • Decoys: we use the very proven best on the market Avian X Turkey Decoys.   My personal three favorites are the 1/2 Strut Jake, Laydown Hen Breeder, and the Stand Up Breeder Hen.  For years now we also have had great success with plain old hand held Turkey Fans.  Note: I recommend having 2-3 extra collapsible stakes on hand. 

Our shotgun Nebraska turkey hunts are considered one of the best that Nebraska Turkey Outfitters and Guides have to offer.

  • We recommend a good comfortable fitted semiautomatic camo 12 gauge 3 1/2" magnum shotgun with a Indian Creek turkey choke using hard hitting Hevi-Shot Hevi-13 turkey loads.  

  • We have seen many successes with the following semiautomatic turkey shotguns.  The Benelli Super Black Eagle, Browning A5, and Remington VersaMax.  These turkey shotguns are the best turkey jelly head makers that I have seen. They set a standard for those distance shots. 

  • Turkey Choke tube is a must!  We only recommend the NWTF Still Target World Record and World Champion holder the 15 time Indian Creek Black Diamond Strike Choke Tube, Proven repeatedly, it is one of best turkey chokes on the market to date!

  • Magnum Turkey Loads need to be used on our Nebraska turkey hunts.  We only recommend to use HEVI-Shot Hevi-13 Magnum Blends or straight HEVI-Shot Hevi-13 Turkey Loads in 4 or 5 shot.  HEVI-Shot Hevi-13 is the best we have seen to date that will flatten an gobbler out...period!  Holes in paper is one thing, a flat gobbler on the ground that isn't kicking or flopping all over the place is another. Hevi-Shot Hevi-13, currently none better!

Note: If you use Winchester Long Beard XR, a red dot or scope must be used and each miss is considered a filled tag!  

Your turkey load and choke must "Pattern" in your shotgun with a turkey's head and neck target:  "No Body Shots" Head and Neck Only!  I have found over the years many turkey hunters don't spend enough time before the season patterning there shotgun, ammo, and choke.

  • You need to pattern your shotgun at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards using a turkey head and neck pattern target well before your hunt.  Turkey chokes are very tight, and unforgiving if you are off target some.  You are looking for 10-20 pellets in the head and neck vitals; more the better! 

  • It is a must you use the same turkey ammo you will be turkey hunting with to pattern your shotgun. 

  • Ensure your Turkey Shotgun fits you correctly when you shoulder and hold your shotgun.  Go to a gunsmith or a guns store and have them help you.

  • Use a shooting sled or heavy shooting sand bags for a rock solid rest to get your shotgun shot pattern perfectly centered.  This is a must!  Plus will help with pulling the shot or flinching.

  • Ensure densest center of your pattern mass is spread out evenly on turkey head and neck target.  This will show your shotguns true impact. Just like a deer rifle!  Once centered count your pellets.

  • Choke tube is the proper constriction.  Please do some research in this area.

  • Go to NWTF web page 5 ways to Evaluated your turkey Pattern for great information in helping to pattern your turkey shotgun for your Nebraska guided turkey hunt or Nebraska self-guided Turkey hunt.

  • Turkey Target.  Put turkey target, on a large 4'x4' card board or paper target backing, on a piece of plywood as a holder.  This will allow you to see the entire pattern 

Shotgun sights, look at a Truglo Strut 'N Rut Shotgun Scope, Gobble-Stopper, Tru-Brite Open Red-Dot sight, or a Nikon Turkey Pro BTR Scope or open Fiber-optic type sights. 

A  Quake Claw shotgun Sling and LimbSaver Recoil Pad are must haves.  This makes for a great Gobbler-Getter.

Other merriam turkey hunting gear items you might want to look at is a Primos Trigger Stick or a muzzle blast suppressor.  


Lodging & Meals
Lodging and meals: Our lodging is an updated, very clean rural Farm House on a quite country road with a very relaxing atmosphere. The meals are hearty home-made in a buffet style, which you serve yourself when ready. If you have certain snacks or drinks you like you can bring those on your own as needed.

Breakfasts are light and quick consisting of dry cereals, instant oatmeal, pastries, toast, and fruit. There will also be assorted juices, and coffee.

Lunch, you will pack your own lunch of cold-cut sandwiches the night before. Also, along with sandwiches there will be fruit, chips, crackers, sweets and water. There are plenty of choices to pick from. You are also more then welcome to any left-overs there might be in the fridge at anytime.  We recommend you pack a heartier lunch then you are use to.  We have found the Nebraska fresh air always increases the appetite.  

Our Nebraska Dinner meals will consist of meat dishes, casserole dishes, or crock-pot meals, salad, vegetables, rolls and dessert.  Meals are hearty and home-made and very delicious!

If you have any meal concerns or special meal needs please bring it to our attention before or when booking your hunt. Also you are more than welcome to provide your own snacks or soft drinks of your liking to take on the hunt.

  • Food, water, and juices are always available to you. The biggest complaint we get is a person weighs more at the end of their hunt than upon arriving.

  • If you enjoyed our meals, please keep the cook in when mind when you consider gratuities, this is very much appreciated.

  • Alcohol is not provided, but is allowed after hunting is done for the day and can not interfere with other hunters. Intoxication will not be tolerated.

Getting to Stuart and Valentine Nebraska

We hunt near the towns of Stuart and Valentine Nebraska, in North Central Nebraska. 
Note: Our cell phone reception is minimal in these areas.

Note: when you fly you need to buy changeable airline tickets.  In most cases our turkey hunts get done in 1-2 days.


We expect you to drive to us:

For driving directions to Stuart or Valentine Nebraska click on the city name in blue, then put in your zip code to either Stuart or Valentine Nebraska.

When hunting near Stuart Nebraska you can fly into either:

  • Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 

  • Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours 40 minutes

  • Sioux Falls South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours 20 minutes

  • Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 45 minutes 

When hunting near Valentine Nebraska you can fly into either: 

  • North Platte Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours 

  • Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 5 hours 20 minutes 

  • Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours  20 minutes 

  • Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours

  • Sioux Falls South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 20 minutes

When flying with the airlines you will need to follow the regulations for guns and ammunition, ask the airlines for information if unsure.

You will need to call 2 hours prior to arrival, then we will discuss with you where to meet.

Plan to arrive between 3-6 p.m. the day before your turkey hunt start date. After arriving you will get your gear unpacked and ready, pattern your shotgun as required, then a hunt orientation, and safety brief. Please do not call early in the morning or arrive before scheduled time.

Taxidermy and Meat

A problem that faces a turkey hunter who has just driven, or flown across the country to go on a turkey hunt is how to get there turkey/meat safely home.  Please read below on what we have learned and know:

  • Ensure you know Nebraska, states traveling thru and state you live in big game transportation and importation laws and any other legal requirements in this area. This is your responsibility.

  • Check with your airline or ground carrier about any restrictions about transporting a frozen turkey and meat.

    • Keeping the same airline on connecting flights will help avoid luggage issues.

  • Award Winning Local Taxidermist is available to mount or expedite your trophy.  They are very knowledgeable, and highly skilled on all species we hunt.  This is an easy and efficient way to handle your taxidermy needs.  Most often they will often do a better job than someone who has seen few of the particular animals from our areas. 

    We highly recommend Tall Tails Taxidermy Studio, LLC in Burton, NE. They are a "small Full-Time Taxidermy Studio" focused on providing high quality taxidermy within a reasonable time period, averaging six to nine months. They do everything they can to meet your expectations.  Ann and Aimee are very methodical, meticulous, and driven that never settle for second best or "just good enough".  I would trust them with my finest trophy. 

    Studio: 402-497-3360
    Ann's Cell: 1-402-376-6379
    Aimee's Cell: 1-402-382-8696

    Web Site:

    They use a highly reputable Concierge Shipping Service that ships from there door to your door that is insured, and bonded.


    Transporting your trophy turkey home to taxidermist.  On fully Guided hunts we help you with the below steps and on Self-guided it is up to you. We recommend the following before freezing for transport: 

    • Most taxidermist's prefer the turkey not gutted.  Check with yours before the trip. You can get the meat after you take it to the Taxidermist being it is frozen.

    • Treat the turkey very carefully to keep the turkey feathers from getting damaged, only lay on turkey's stomach/breast, and keep all blood off of feathers. 

    • To help with blood, put paper towel or cotton balls in turkeys mouth, next wrap turkey head with paper towels and tape or rubber band in place, next tuck wrapped head under the wing. 

    • Next, put your turkey head first in the leg of a pair of queen size panty hose.  Then pull up around entire turkey to include the turkey tail, then tie the open end of the panty hose in a knot, then freeze.  This will protect the turkey feathers holding them securely in place. 

    • After it is frozen, take out of freezer, then wrap entire bird completely in Aluminum Foil, then wrap entire bird in bubble wrap, then put head first in a large plastic bag and roll gently squeezing the air out of the bag and securely tape bag in place before putting it in the cooler for transport. 

    • This is the best method we have found to date to get your trophy home to mount.

  • You should use coolers for transporting your meat and turkey.

    • Flying: duct tape the coolers shut after you get to the airport in case they need to open and pack them as tightly as possible. 

    • Driving: use duct tape to hold the lids tightly shut. This keeps out air, even when the truck is on rough roads, and hits bumps.

  • If you fly, once meat and turkey is processed and frozen, it can be boxed and checked as excess baggage.  Meat/trophy bird should be frozen as dry ice is not allowed on airplanes.  

US Mail, UPS, or FedEx, we have had hunters use all with good success.  To make this work best with perishable items. They need to be shipped out at a office by the main airport you fly into. Reason, where we are located in Nebraska we are far away from the interstates and major airports so everything is Ground shipment first, then overnight so "overnight" actually turns into 2-3 days. Note: if shipping nonperishable where time isn't a factor. We have a Post office's and drop boxes for UPS and FedEx in our local areas.

Note:  Our hunters are telling us it is best "to drive when you can".  They say with a partner and rotating driving, you can get anywhere within the states in a days travel, which is what you are burning up flying anyway, along with renting a car and driving to us.  This way you get to bring all your gear and take everything back and use a meat processor close to home.

Most important it is a must to plan ahead in this area and determine before the hunt how you want to handle your meat and trophy turkey. 

  • If you fail to plan for this and put it on us to get it to you there will be a $400 handling fee on top of whatever charges there are to getting the bird to you. This will need to be paid prior to us shipping this to you.

Nebraska Turkey Hunting Travel Insurance
Hunting out of state is expensive, with life being unpredictable, and unexpected things does happen to everyone and for this reason NR Outfitters highly recommends buying Travel Guard's Sportsman's Travel Protection Plan Insurance.

You need to make sure it includes cancellation coverage.
This is your responsibility to ensure you are covered and protected.



Tipping is a way of saying thank you to those who made your turkey hunting trip enjoyable.   


Hiring an guide or outfitter for hunting is a considered a service based industry.  Tipping has been a part of guiding and outfitting from the beginning. Its nothing new.   I have been asked many times by clients about tip amounts. First, I believe tip's must be earned, and is a personal gift from the client for services they are happy with.


Rule of thumb is, if cooks, guides, or guide/outfitter do a great job tip them. Most cooks, guides, or guide/outfitter work there butt off to produce a quality hunt, and should be compensated for it.


Tipping the Outfitter: many say not to tip the outfitter, however if the outfitter is also the guide, then it is customary to tip them just like a guide. Also, if the outfitter goes above and beyond in a particular aspect of the hunt, a tip would then also be in order.


Industry Standard:

  • 10%-20% for a Guide or if Outfitter is your Guide.

  • $15-$25 a day for the Cook

Food for thought: I have been told by many other Outfitters that "Hunters that don't tip in our camp are not invited to come back. Gratuity isn't included in hunt price.

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