Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spring Turkey Hunting Tips - Merriam's Turkey Hunting

Tips From A Turkey Guide

1) Don’t get too close. Set up a couple hundred yards from a gobbling turkey so you don’t risk spooking him.

2) Don’t call much. Use soft yelps and clucks to let the bird know where you are and then quit calling. If the bird gobbles then answer him with some soft yelps, purrs and clucks and go silent again.

3) Be ready. Have your shotgun shouldered and pointed in the direction of the last gobble. Once the bird is in sight you need to have your head down on the gun, safety off and be pointed in the right direction. Any movement at this point on your part is suspect to getting you busted by the bird’s amazing eyesight.

4) Let the turkey find you. If the tom is heading in your direction don’t call. Let him come find you.

5) Be Patient. Don’t be in a hurry to get up if your bird doesn’t gobble. Wait him out. If he ends up gobbling away from you and doesn’t come back after 40 minutes to an hour, pickup and move.

6) Listen. When you move to a new spot in the morning, listen for 5 to 10 minutes before calling. Many times if a hot bird is in the area he’ll gobble and you can pinpoint his location without announcing your presence.
If you’d like to gain an education in turkey hunting, then I highly recommend you spend three days with Scott Croner at the Nebraska Hunting Company. For more information or to book your next hunt, visit www.merriamsturkey.com or call (855) 473- 2875

Monday, June 4, 2012

Merriam's Turkey Hunts - Nebraska Hunting Company

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gavin Harvests First Gobbler At Close Range

Gavin harvested his first gobbler in his hunting career at close range. His gobbler came at full charge to the turkey fan he took his shot inside of 10yds. His shot was on target and resulted in harvesting a mature Nebraska Merriams gobbler.

Gary Walker Returns To Nebraska In 2012

Hi every one. If you have read the blogs from Scott Croners  site you have read about my hunt last year. It was great. As you recall. I hunted last year in some of the worst weather you could imagine. 30 mile winds. rain and occasional snow flurries.Scott still got me my birds .Well, this year was about as 180 degrees the other way as you could imagine. We had sun, little wind and very dry. This was the problem all winter and spring. Hot weather started the birds early and they were about 3 to 4 weeks advanced. We were working birds that thought it was the third week in May not April. ( the last day I hunted It was 92 deg.).

All the Toms were bread out and didn't want to fight any more. (I guess getting beat up all spring takes a toll on you).. Every thing was advanced about three to four weeks because of the weather, Scott still took me out in these conditions and fond two birds that wanted to commit suicide. Between the two, total time was about 8 min.  Now there was some scouting time, but the point is that Scott Croner and the Nebraska hunting co is the premier Turkey hunting organization I have found.,

I hope this blog helps every one understand that this year the weather has made things far more advanced then before. Scott will do everything that he can to get you your birds, he runs, watches and ;listens to what the turkeys are doing, Scott will get the birds for
you, I have never been let down.

Scott Croner and the Nebraska hunting co, Is the only Outfitter I will ever hunt with in Nebraska.

The one thing I will say is that no matter how great Scott is, he still  can not control the weather, i promise you,  from a previous client, that Scott Will do all that is required to get the best birds possible

This is the best Turkey hunting experience I will ever have. See you next year Scott (fan man). I have already re booked.

Uncle Bucks lodge is great. Marilyn and Walt are fantastic proprietors. It is a working ranch so you will meet a verity of people and conditions. The food is second to none and you can't ever get enough of the family atmosphere. If you need anything all you need to do is ask.

In summery, This is the most professional and personable outfit I have ever associated with. Scott will do all he can to make sure you have a great time/

See you there..

Gary Walker

Please call Scott and book the best Turkey hunt you could ever imagine and I may see you there

Sis & Mel Harvest Mature Merriams Gobblers

Sis and Mel harvest mature Nebraska Merriam's turkeys.

Spring Turkey Hunting Photos 2012

Link to spring turkey hunting photos for 2012.


Monday, May 7, 2012

David Marshall Harvests Merriams Turkey In Nebraska


    Just wanted to thank you for probably what I could call the best and most exciting turkey hunt I've ever had! I knew it was going to be a success when you have a guide who works harder to fill your tag than most hunters do to fill their own.
    I have hunted with other outfitters before but none seem to measure up to the experience that I recently had with you and the great hospitality that I was shown.
    There wasn't once that we went out that there weren't birds seen and worked, GREAT strutting  Merriam's Toms everywhere. This is probably the closest thing to a one hundred percent hunt that a person could get. Everything is there that one would want for a great experience. You've got the high energy Guide, lots of birds, great food, camaraderie, and a successful hunt. If anyone ever asks me about my hunt, I will never hesitate to point them in your direction and give them all the info. they need to contact you so that they too can have the opportunities that I was given on my hunt.
    This was a unique experience for me, not your typical southern turkey hunt. Lots of fast paced hunting action. I saw more turkeys in a day and a half hunting than almost a whole spring season most other places.
    I am truly appreciative of the efforts that was put forth in order for me to harvest the birds I came home with. I am looking forward to returning next year and plan to bring my wife along to hunt as well. I almost hated to leave I was having so much fun, but you can only do so much once you're tagged out.
    See you next year Scott, and thanks again.

    Sincerely, David Marshall
        P.S. Scott, I took one of the Trophy birds I harvested at your place to the Taxidermist today.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Larry Parrish Hits Home Run With Merriam's and Rio

Congrats to Larry on his two awesome Nebraska gobblers in 2012. A Merriam's on the left and a Rio on the right.

 "Scott it was a very enjoyable trip, always great to chase turkeys anywhere but hunting in Nebraska with both Merriam's and Rio's to hunt made it even better. Then when you hunt them Indian style just doubled the excitement."  L. P.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Jack Croner - Scores During Youth Season

Jack Croner score big during youth season. the gobbler on the right weighed 24 lbs. sported a 10 inch beard and 1 3/8 spurs, both birds were shot just off the Missouri River in Eastern Nebraska.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Score Your Wild Turkey - Merriam's, Rio's, Eastern's, and Osceola's

You can calculate the score of your turkey with our scoing calculator.

Before you begin to score your turkey, be sure to note that all measurements are taken in 1/16-inch increments and converted to decimal form. A current NWTF member or another licensed hunter from the state where the bird was harvested must verify all measurements. A conversion chart for measurements is located at the bottom of this page.

Step 1:

Weigh your bird in pounds and ounces and convert ounces to decimal form.

Step 2:

Measure each spur. Spurs must be measured along the outside center, from the point at which the spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin to the tip of the spur. Add both spur measurements and multiply the combined length of the spurs by 10. This is the number of points you receive for the turkey’s spurs.

Step 3:

Measure the beard length (a beard must be measured from the center point of the protrusion of the skin to the tip) and convert it to decimal form.
Next, multiply the beard length figure by 2; this is the number of points you receive for the beard length. If you have an atypical bird (multiple beards), measure each beard, convert them to a decimal number, then add those figures together and multiply by two. This is the number of points you receive for your turkey’s beards.

Step 4:

Add together the weight, the points for spurs and points for beard(s): This is the score you receive for your turkey.

Conversion Chart

1/8 Measurements

1/16 Measurements


1/8 = .1250 1/16 = .0625 1 OZ. = .0625
2/8 = .2500 2/16 = .1250 2 OZ. = .1250
3/8 = .3750 3/16 = .1875 3 OZ. = .1875
4/8 = .5000 4/16 = .2500 4 OZ. = .2500
5/8 = .6250 5/16 = .3125 5 OZ. = .3125
6/8 = .7500 6/16 = .3750 6 OZ. = .3750
7/8 = .8750 7/16 = .4375 7 OZ. = .4375
8/16 = .5000 8 OZ. = .5000
9/16 = .5625 9 OZ. = .5625
10/16 = .625010 OZ. = .6250
11/16 = .687511 OZ. = .6875
12/16 = .750012 OZ. = .7500
13/16 = .812513 OZ. = .8125
14/16 = .875014 OZ. = .8750
15/16 = .937515 OZ. = .9375