High Prairie's World Class
South Dakota Turkey Hunting Adventures
Versus TV~ Turkey Revolution with Ray Eye
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Spring Merriam Turkey Hunting in the beautiful pristine Black Hills of South Dakota. Fully guided or semi-guided. True Merriam hunts No Hybrids Here!
See Ray Eye and Jason Gilbertson of Winchester Turkey Revolution bag trophy Merriam’s on Versus TV with the legendary High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters.
Outfitter Dave Ciani has been a professional turkey hunting guide for over 20 years. Dave has live trapped and transplanted turkey’s, worked as a Special Game Protector in law enforcement, taught adult education classes on calling, turkey hunting, the life cycle of turkey’s and taught elementary school children the ethics and life cycle, calling and hunting of turkeys. Dave puts the utmost importance on the ethics of hunting and is as much a teacher as he is a hunting guide.
Our Turkey Hunting Philosophy:
At High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters we take pride in making our hunting services more than you expected. We are a full service outfitting business and our goal is to try to provide you with a memorable hunting experience. We have the knowledge and experience to successfully hunt the wild turkeys found throughout the Black Hills of South Dakota. The benefit of choosing us as your hunting outfitter is that we cover a large amount of land, which makes your hunting success possible. In addition, your hunting excursion is lead by owner Dave Ciani. Dave’s policy is that no matter what your game preference is, he’ll take you to where the game is. While staying with us, we will help plan out your hunting excursion so that not a minute is wasted. In addition to having the very best hunting guide services, we have lodging accommodations at locations that will delight.
Black Hills Merriam Turkey Hunts
Come hunt true spring Merriam turkeys in the beautiful pristine Black Hills of South Dakota with expert turkey hunting guide Dave Ciani. Whether you prefer Fully-guided or Semi-guided hunts we can accommodate your needs. Again this is a True Merriam turkey hunt- No Hybrids Here! On your hunt Dave Ciani will personally guide you. Dave has decades of turkey hunting experience. Dave will not only guide you to a trophy long beard but will enhance your hunt with valuable knowledge on the area, habitat, specific habits of the turkey in our area.
A Typical Day:
At High Prairie Lodge and Outfitters we offer to spring turkey hunt packages. The first is a Do-It-Yourself Turkey Hunt. With this hunt we have our hunters arrive at our Black Hills camp at 2:00 pm the day prior to the hunt. Expect a fantastic home cooked dinner awaiting your arrival. Then outfitter Dave Ciani will take you on an evening scouting mission to put a flock of birds to bed for the next morning. Once you have a lay of the land and several big toms put to bed, you will be off on your own to chase these birds around the hills for the next 3 days. This package includes all meals and lodging at our wonderful Black Hills turkey lodge.
The second hunt is a Fully Guided spring turkey hunt. With this hunt, upon your 2:00 pm arrival at our lodge, you can relax and get your guns or bows sited in for the next day’s hunt. Dave will go over with you a full gear check and make sure you are ready for the next day’s hunt. Before the hunt Dave will also go over in detail everything you can expect during the hunt. Then for the next 3 days you will experience an unbelievable, fully guided spring turkey hunt. Dave has the best blinds for his bow hunters and has the expertise that will put numerous Merriam gobblers in range for you until you are successful. If you are successful early in the hunt, there are many local attractions in the area for you to experience. With both packages all meals and lodging are included. This is a FULL SERVICE HUNT from start to finish!
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Lodging And Meals:
Dave’s wife Teresa and partner of over thirty years teaches wonderful cooking classes and is the full time chef at their beautiful 1890 stone lodge. The meals and atmosphere at the lodge truly make the trip relaxing and complete. After a day of hiking through the hills chasing wild turkeys, it is most delightful to enjoy an evening in the jacuzzi after a 5 course home prepared meal. Trust it is not possible to hike enough miles in a day to burn off 3 square meals prepared by Dave’s wonderful wife Teresa.
Turkey Hunting Rates And Packages:
High Prairie Lodge and Outfitters offer two fantastic spring turkey hunts. The first option is our Do-It-Yourself hunt. With this hunt you will enjoy all the comforts of our beautiful stone lodge and home-cooked meals as well as access to private hunting grounds in the Black Hills. You will also be given a full tour of the hunting grounds prior to the hunt as well as the assistance from outfitter Dave Ciani to put birds to bed before your first day’s hunt. This package is customizable to group size and length of stay.
Our second spring turkey hunting package is our Fully Guided All Inclusive Hunt. With this hunt you will enjoy all the comforts of the lodge and meals and will be personally guided by outfitter Dave Ciani on a full day’s hunt each day. Dave has all of the equipment and knowledge needed to offer you a successful hunt. He can cater to gun or archery hunters as well as couples or families. This hunt is also customizable depending on length of stay and each hunter’s budget.
Our fully guided turkey hunts run nearly 100% success rate. Feel free to visit with our many satisfied friends/customers that have joined us for this memory-making trip. Please contact Dave for references and more details on either of these fantastic Black Hills, South Dakota spring turkey hunts!
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2018 Hunter Testimonial:
My wife and I booked with High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters for a 5-day, self-guided turkey hunt. From the initial contact with the hosts Dave & Teri, we knew we had selected the right outfit. Both Dave & Teri were warm, friendly, and very knowledgeable folks. Dave patiently answered all of my questions and ensured that we were well-prepared for our hunt. We opted to do this hunt as a self-guided option, and if you are not an experienced woodsman, I recommend that you elect to use Dave or one of his experienced guides for this hunt. The Black Hills is big country and terrain can be rugged and challenging. Unfortunately for us, the birds were not gobbling well at all during our hunt, and that made for an even greater challenge as a DIY option. This is where the knowledge and experience of a seasoned local guide can make all the difference. As for the lodge itself, the location is great, and the accommodations are beautiful. The lodge is outside the small town of Whitewood, SD which is close to all major attractions in the Black Hills. The view from your front porch has the Hills in the distance and a valley full of deer in the foreground (usually all day long). Don't be surprised to see a deer wandering through the front yard at any given time... The rooms are comfortable, homey, & immaculately clean, and the meals are to die for! Teri is a gourmet chef, and the food was outstanding at every meal. You will not go hungry at High Prairie! Whether you are on an outfitted hunt, or simply traveling through the Black hills area on a sightseeing trip, High Prairie is a fantastic choice for your accommodations or as your outfitter. I cannot recommend them highly enough!