My first attempt to chase the Merriam Turkey was a HUGE success. I applied for South Dakota and was able to draw two tags. I booked my hunt through D & E outfitter from Colorado. This was a non-guided hunt, they just provided us with the land to hunt. I was able to fill both of my tags the first day there hunting. My first bird was a hybrid Merriam, 22 Lbs, 9″ beard and 1″ spurs harvested at 9:30 in the morning. After we were finished eating lunch we went back out. And at 2:30 I was able to harvest a beautiful white tip Merriam. 23 Lbs 9″ beard and 3/4″ spurs. South Dakota is BEAUTIFUL and i can’t wait to go back. If any one is looking into going after a Merriam turkey I strongly recommend to use D & E outfitter, you will be very pleased with the results.