Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
fletcher

Nebraska Pine Ridge Merriams

12 posts in this topic

Heading out next week to this area for first time.

Crawford,NE

Anyone have any intel on Merriams or this area?

Bringing bow and gun. Saw 8 strutters near Prior Lake today, right on 21, with about 6 hens they never broker strut in 10 minutes I watched em...now is the time

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Me, my brother, and another guy are heading out on the 22. It will be are first time out there too. I have talked to a CO and he said there is plenty of birds. The farther you get off the beaten path, the less birds are pressured which is typical. The Pine Ridge is a huge area, I wish I had more to offer you but were in the same boat you are.

Good Luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey guys, where is the Pine Ridge located? I am heading out in two weeks to the Santee Reservation in the NE part of Nebraska. I would love to hear reports as far as activity if you guys are out there before me. Good Luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey ghost what is the scoop on hunting that reservation? What are the license costs, number of tags allowed, available land to hunt? We hunt private land around Springview which includes a tributary creek to the Niobrara river. Lots of fun and a lot of birds. You are going to have a good time I think.

The Pine Ridge is located in the northwestern part of the state.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I hunted the pine ridge area two years ago in the Chadron area. I hope your in shape. some areas get very steep. The birds when we were out their didnt' gobble at all. I hope its better for you guys. We were out there for five days and heard 3 gobbles, but ended up with two birds. The birds didn't respond to any calling, the only way we got close is to stalk em. WE got as high up as we could and spotted them and put the sneek on them. But again that was two years ago. Plus get ready for the wind. Good luck and enjoy, its very pretty out that way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fish,

I wish I could get you more information than this at the moment. This is going to be our first time to the Santee Res, so after I get back I will get you some more info. But from what I have gathered so far, your allowed up to three birds. Tags are purchased one at a time for $50, that is out of state price anyways. It sounds like it is a large area to hunt. But like I said, Ill let you know more when we get back in a couple weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

success, 4 birds in 3 days, 3 hunters

great people and country

experienced 26-86 temps, wind, rain, and 3" snow on Saturday 6-9" of snow in Rapid City on way home on Sunday am

We got 3 toms the first morning before weather turned bad

Hunted Little Cottonwood and Sand Creek bottoms between Crawford and Lake Whitney also hunted hills near Dell, NE near NE Nat Forest. Bagged a bearded hen with bow there.

NE tips: ticks, mosquitoes (wet year), wind (stakes for decoys/blinds), big open country (optics), 4000 ft elevation in pine ridge with rapid changing weather with snow but birds are used to it, jakes will gobble and strut, and even the bearded hens will strut. Lots of public land with amiable landowners and friendly people. We hunted with One Lazy J ranch, very nice folks.

Great time with lots of birds in Cottonwood/Ash Creek Bottoms. Key on the roost but not too close as woods are thin and trees are short, calls really carry in that country. Gobbling starts a tad prior to 5am.

22#, 8.5" beard, hooks nothing special, nice snow white coloration, had 8 hens with him, 2 jakes played ring around the double bull gobbling and tempting fate until Tommy showed, hens came in and he went face to face with full strut decoy. I uncorked the 3" winxr #6 @25 yards and it was over.

3001Neil_s_Merriam_s_Tom_Butte_View_-_Co

3001Image037-1-med.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like alot of fun. I've run into the same weather hunting the Black Hills. You just never know what you'll run into there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

what happend to pics in my post?

were they too big or did I do something wrong?

I thought I previewed them

Any ideas

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They where always their. You have a bad file URL. I fixed it for ya! smile

These are it right?

3001Image037.jpg

3001Neil_s_Merriam_s_Tom_Butte_View_-_Co

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Who has it for that price? Is the transducer included? I have a 5" version. They are good units but if you ever need out of warranty service they will not repair your unit. They give you credit towards a refurbished unit of the same type or let you upgrade to a different model for a certain price which is something to be aware of. I found that out when my elite 5 wouldn't turn on.
    • Your post is demonstrative of the point I am trying to make. Rural areas have been sold a bunch of talk, and you believe that talk and vote against your own interests. The metro area is taking nothing away from the rural areas in terms of taxes, tax dollars flow the other way. It flows that way through employers that exploit you. A particular quote from "What's the Matter with Kansas?" really nails the point home.      
    • I agree, but for the few times I do overnights I would use a light weight cot.  The hitch design is different than most of the other houses on the market.  It looks to have pivot points at the corners of the main frame.  I have yet to see one go through the drop or rise process.  A video of it operating steps would be nice too.   It would be great to hear from someone that ownes one.  
    • I have the hook 7 with down imaging/GPS/standard sonar, I have the lowrance lake chip for mine and really like it.  easy to use and good quality images on the screen.
    • I'm also in the market for a new pair of boots this year. I actually had a pair of Rocky boots that my wife bought me over 16 years ago but it is high time to replace them. I need a pair that lace up because of my prosthetic right foot so the Muck boot types are out for me. I think I will just get a pair of LaCrosse Ice Kings. What amount of Thinsulate is needed in a warm winter boot? I found a pair of Ice Kings on Amazon that says it is only 400 g. of Thinsulate but it is rated for -70. That doesn't seem right to me. Shouldn't it be much more Thinsulate?   https://www.amazon.com/LaCrosse-Ice-King-10-Brown/dp/B0047BWZHO/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&srs=2600960011&ie=UTF8&qid=1480899050&sr=8-1&keywords=lacrosse%2Bice%2Bking%2Bboots&th=1&psc=1
    • Friggin A!!!!!! 
    • Anybody have any input on these? I just bought a bigger boat and am looking for a bigger sonar. I found one of these for what seems to be too good of a deal ($520)
    • In the end all you need to see is when the jig disappears into the fishes mouth!  I've been using a Aqua Vu SV, it's old b&w with very small screen but it worked. But this year I won a Marcum camera from Thorn Bro's, (thank you). Lookin forward to trying it out. 
  • Our Sponsors