Laine Chester
308-629-7733
True Merriam Turkey Hunting

Ponderosa Ranch is 3600 acres located 70 miles south of the Black Hills of South Dakota in northwest Nebraska. Our ranch boasts of a rugged beauty in its diversity; spectacular views in every direction, open rolling grass meadows, steep hills, ridges studded with Ponderosa pine trees, canyons with Green Ash, Hackberry and Cottonwood lining the creek bottoms. This makes a challenging terrain for the hunter but a haven for mule deer and True Merriam turkey.

We offer semi-guided hunting, which means we will drive you around the ranch to show you where fences, gates, stock tanks/creeks and boundary fences are and provide you with a ranch map. You can either walk from the cabin to hunt, or use a 4x4 vehicle on logging roads on the ranch. We do not allow guests to bring their own ATV's.

Nebraska True Merriam turkey hunting is a great outdoor adventure. Nebraska turkey hunters love the challenge of finding the turkey roosting trees, and locating the turkey activity. The wild turkey gobble provides the back ground music.

Hunting turkeys on this northwest Nebraska ranch is challenging because of the terrain and also because the turkey are cautious and smart. However, hunters who have patience and cunning have a good chance to bag a Nebraska True Merriam’s turkey, and get that grand slam. Ponderosa Ranch with its home cooking and family atmosphere create great memories for Nebraska hunters.

Four-Day Hunting Package

$700 per hunter - A 50% deposit holds the reservation and full
payment due 60 days prior to the opening of the season.

Package includes 4 days of hunting and 5 nights lodging.

Plan to arrive in the afternoon between 12pm and 2pm to allow time for your ranch tour, going over paperwork and discussing the turkey activities. Your hunt will start the next morning.

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Prices do not include hunting licenses and habitat stamps, both which are "over-the-counter" and non-refundable/non-transferable.


Cancellation policy: cancellation 90 days before scheduled arrival date- $35 fee retained; cancellation less than 90 days before scheduled arrival date - no refund of amounts paid.