Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merriam's Spring Turkey Hunt 2011 - Opening Date

Merriam's Spring Turkey Opens April 16, 2011 and will close at the end of May. Book Your 2011 Hunt and finish your Grand Slam.

Merriam's Spring Turkey Brochure

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nebraska Hunting Outfitters: Last Chance Buck: Hunting Nebraska's Whitetail Deer

Scott Croner takes a very nice 150 class Nebraska buck during rifle season. Catch up with him at:

Nebraska Hunting Outfitters: Last Chance Buck: Hunting Nebraska's Whitetail Deer

Friday, October 1, 2010

2010 Spring Turkey - Biggest Season Ever

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Nebraska Hunting Company™

Wow who would have thought it was possible that 2010 would be bigger than 2009. Here are the stats.

40 Clients - Harvested 104 Gobblers - 32 Days

Best to you,
Scott Croner
Nebraska Hunting Company

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Keep Nebraska Clean!

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Nebraska Hunting Company

Keep Nebraska Clean: Dispose of Litter

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission forwarded the following to me:

As fall approaches, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters and anglers to act responsibly and avoid littering. Disposing of litter is a way everyone may gain a sense of ownership of Nebraska's outdoors. Nebraskans can ensure future generations will have clean hunting lands, parks and waters to enjoy.

Litter is unsightly, pollutes water and landscape, and can be fatal to fish and wildlife. In addition, hunters and anglers who litter on private, walk-in-only sites risk having landowners remove their acres from access programs. The following are some suggestions from Game and Parks for keeping land and water clean:

  • Leave only your footprints - Properly discard trash when camping, fishing, hunting, or hiking.
  • Parks have trash containers, but the lack of a container in a more remote spot is no reason to litter - pack it out with you.
  • Recycle trash - Take the aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper home with you to recycle.
  • Recycle fishing line - Bins specifically designated for these purposes are located at many eastern Nebraska lakes and sporting goods stores.
  • Reuse - Do not leave spent shotgun shells behind. Consider reloading them.
  • Pick it up - If you see trash, pick it up and dispose of it. Take a plastic garbage bag with you when you visit a park or lake and clean up what you can.
  • Set an example - Doing any of the above items will set a good example. Maybe someone will notice and help. And don't forget to teach children why they should not litter.

Best to you,
Scott Croner™
Nebraska Hunting Company
Phone: 402 304 1192

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hunting Merriam's Turkeys: Hints and How-to's

Hunting Merriam's Turkey: Hints and How-to's
Reprinted with permission from:
Hunting Merriam's Turkeys: Hints and How-to's

For those pursuing any of the National Wild Turkey Federation Slams, finding a great spot to hunt the Merriam's turkey can be a challenge. As we have discussed before, the reintroduction of wild turkeys in Nebraska began in 1959. Twenty eight Merriam's turkeys trapped in South Dakota and Wyoming were released in the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska. Although Merriam's were not native to Nebraska, Pine Ridge was to their liking and in just four nesting seasons, the Merriam's population grew to 3,000 birds!

Further introductions of Rio Grande and Eastern turkeys increased the wild turkey population substantially. This has also had the effect of creating some interesting hybrids. The hybrids tend to be larger and brawnier than their purebred cousins, making them trophies in their own right.

For hunters in the pursuit of a trophy Merriam's turkey, the answer may be hunting the Pine Ridge area of Northwest Nebraska. Located between the Niobrara and White Rivers, the Pine Ridge is a high table top escarpment range where the turkeys are numerous, and the terrain is a challenge.

An escarpment is a natural geological uplift along a fault line or series of fault lines. It is characterized by steep elevations, cliffs, and canyons. It is also accented by the different erosion rates of the assorted geological strata which help in creating ridges and buttes. The Pine Ridge is well forested and in conjunction with the rugged terrain, creates a natural haven for the Merriam's turkey.

The Sandhills of Nebraska
Another premier area for Merriam's turkeys is the Sandhills region in north central Nebraska. The Sandhills region is a fascinating ecosystem that few people are aware of, and supports a thriving family of diverse plants and animals. Created by vast deposits of sand eroded from the Rockies and left there by glaciers, the Sandhills create an undulating topography, with innumerable micro wetlands and ponds between the vegetation covered dunes. It is actually the nation's largest wetland ecosystem and helps to replenish the vast Ogallala Aquifer. It is also the home to mule deer, bison, pronghorn deer, whitetail deer, and elk!

Merriam's tend to congregate through the few drainages that cut through the Sandhills. Most of that land is privately owned so it really is necessary to have an outfitter that can get you access. Turkeys look for tall trees to roost in and the river bottoms provide them. During the days they spend their time foraging throughout the rich dunes and grasslands of the Sandhills.

Clothing revolves around the Nebraska elements, and camouflage. Weather in Nebraska, especially in the spring can be, to put it politely, variable! You can get early spring storms that dump snow on one day, to near summer time temperatures the next. It is important that you dress accordingly. Check the long range weather reports before you leave, and bring appropriate gear in anticipation. Good boots for hiking are a prerequisite in the Pine Ridge area, while waterproof boots are imperative in the potholes of the Sandhills region.

Good camouflage and movement control are prerequisites for success. Turkeys have eyes practically at the top of their skulls, so they don't have to show much of their noggins to get a good look around. Touch base with your outfitter to get a handle on the proper camo pattern to wear. Good camo is an asset, but being still and quiet are more important. Turkeys have keen eyesight and will pick up unusual movements in the proverbial blink of an eye.

Calling is another challenge. The trick is to pick up the local dialect! As it turns out, turkeys have regional differences in their vocalization patterns. Your best bet is to start softly when emulating a hen, and work your way up. Remember, a tom will usually stick with the hen he has, rather than chase the one he can't see. Again, a good outfitter and guide can help you with the particulars. Scott Croner of Nebraska Hunting Company explained the differences in the different types of calls and the different ways to apply them in different hunting conditions and terrains.

Scott also explained to me the different decoy strategies that he employs in the various concessions that he manages and guides on. Hens, junior jakes, and tom decoys are all used in different fashions to entice gobblers into shooting range.

The more I learn about the different turkeys and the paraphernalia that you can get, (Of course I need another box call honey.), the more fascinated I have become by the siren call of the gobbler.

On another note, one of our blogging friends, Rick at Whitetail Woods loves his whitetails, but he is also an avid turkey hunter. He recently posted a quick article on a NWTF Grand Slam that was awarded to Jessica Haack. You can read about it at Whitetail Woods, Grand Slam of Turkey Hunting.

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles: Yo-Yos for Troops!

A good friend of mine Albert Rasch is currently serving in Afghanistan. He has asked me to share the following post with you, in the hopes that you can help him, and help our fellow Americans serving in Afghanistan.

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles: Yo-Yos for Troops!

Please stop by his Blog, and leave him a note of support, and if you are able, send him a Yo-Yo or two for the Troops!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Matt Heath Jr. & Sr. both say, "It's FANtastic!"

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Nebraska Hunting Company
Another Customer Reference!

Here is what Matt Heath of Conyers, Ga has to say about hunting with Nebraska Hunting Company and turkey hunting guide Scott Croner: Hunting Merriam's Turkey, Nebraska turkey hunting, hunting turkey in Nebraska
"Hunting with Scott Croner and Nebraska Hunting Company is an incredible experience – great accommodations, great food, a great guide and LOTS AND LOTS of hard gobbling Merriam’s toms!!!

My 14 year old son and I had an amazing hunt – Matthew shot 2 awesome gobblers in 2 days of hunting!!!

I highly recommend Spring Turkey Hunting with Nebraska Hunting Company – it is FANtastic!!! Gotta see Scott’s FAN TRICK!!!

That is one satisfied customer, and another young hunter who will always remember his double!

Matt Heath Sr.
Conyers, GA

Monday, June 14, 2010

Steve Miller - Merriams Turkeys 2010

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Nebraska Hunting Company

Another Customer Reference!

Here is what Steve Miller has to say about hunting with Nebraska Hunting Company and well known Nebraska turkey hunting guide Scott Croner: Hunting Merriam's Turkey, Nebraska turkey hunting, hunting turkey in Nebraska

"So…you want to kill a white-tipped Merriam’s gobbler…eh? Well…there are several routes to accomplish that feat; however, my most highly recommended course of action is too hook up with Scott Croner of Nebraska Hunting Company!

What can you expect?

A guide who is highly adept at locating, calling, and getting you into gun range of the wily Merriam gobbler. Scott is the hardest working guide I have ever seen. His turkey knowledge is limitless…his access to land…unmatched…and his drive and willingness to please you….the client…priceless.

What can you expect?

Outstanding accommodations at Bucks Lodge…classic ranch accommodations…outstanding food…the most hospitable hostess you will ever meet…two full days of hunting in some of God’s most beautiful country….the Nebraska Sandhills…with a guide who knows the country and the birds…you will see 30 -40 strutters…and most of them will be down your gun barrel within 20 yards…and yes….you will achieve success.

What can you expect?

This hunt is extremely cheap for what you get and you will return with beautiful birds…memories of a lifetime…and a wealth of knowledge on how to approach these Merriam’s gobblers…you cannot go wrong with Scott Croner of Nebraska Hunting Company…his numbers and repeat customers speak for themselves…only 104 birds this year.


Steve Miller

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Ron B. Scores with his 10 Gauge

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Nebraska Hunting Company

Another Customer Reference!

Here is what Ron B. has to say about turkey hunting guide Scott Croner and hunting with Nebraska Hunting Company: Hunting Merriam's Turkey, Nebraska turkey hunting, hunting turkey in Nebraska
"Scott, I want to thank you once again for your very first "handicap" hunt. Hopefully I can get this straightened out for a return trip. Also the final tally.

9"- 7 1/2"- 7 1/2"- 5 1/2"- 4" on the beards.

I attached a couple of pics.

Thanks again!

Ron B. took his trophy Merriams with his trusty 10 gauge!

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Turkey Hunting Seminar, and Youth Hunting Permits!

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission:

LINCOLN, Neb. – A turkey hunting seminar is scheduled for April 14 at the Lincoln Izaak Walton League, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The 6 p.m. event is open to the first 100 registrants.

Before the seminar, participants may pattern their shotgun and tune up their turkey calls from 4:30-6 p.m. They should bring their shotgun, at least five rounds of their favorite turkey load and their favorite turkey call.

To register, contact Heather Weihe at

Turkey hunting season begins March 25 for archers and youth archers. Hunters under age 16 may take advantage of the new $5 youth turkey permits when the season opens March 25, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The season opens April 17 for shotgunners and April 10 for youth shotgunners. All spring turkey seasons close May 31.

In the past, youth hunters paid the same price as adults for a turkey permit. The new low-cost permits are designed to attract more youth to turkey hunting. The youth permits are for hunters under age 16 on the opening day of the youth archery season. All turkey hunters, except residents under age 16, require a Nebraska Habitat Stamp.

The 2010 permit prices, not including issuing fees, are: resident turkey, $23; resident youth turkey, $5; nonresident turkey, $90; and nonresident youth turkey, $5.

There is another permit change for 2010. In the past, spring hunters who wanted to hunt turkeys with a bow and shotgun had to purchase separate archery and shotguns permits. Those hunters now need just a single turkey permit, which allows taking turkeys with a bow in the archery season and a shotgun in the shotgun season.

Also new for 2010, restrictions on draw weight of archery equipment have been lifted.

A hunter still may have up to three spring turkey permits. The bag limit is one male or bearded female turkey per permit.

Permits may be purchased at Nebraska Game and Parks Comission

Just a quick note to keep you informed!

Good Hunting!