Here's the deal fellas. I would like to go to either NE or SD this spring after a Merriams. I know everyone says the Black Hills hunts are awe inspiring but honestly I don't get the big draw. It's a wicked long drive for me that's wicked boring to boot (I live in southeast Iowa as my handle alludes to), and of the fellow Iowans I have spoken to who have chased gobblers out there, most said the scenery and the trip, the trees, "mountains" etc are what made the hunt. Fine and good but if I'm driving that far and making a trip out of it I don't want to eat tag soup**. Those same folks had said there was a lot of walking and not many birds and if they were super concerned with killing a bird they would go elsewhere. (So I'm not real into the Black Hills). Where are some other areas in SD that are good for Merriams? How about Nebraska? I have heard that some Indian Res areas are good, heard that a long time ago but cant remember if that was in reference to NE, SD or both possibly. Also wondering what time guys like to go. I have heard a lot of horror stories of hunts in NE or SD that got completely hosed by a blizzard or bird behavior going nutty with a late snow. Those things can and do happen in those areas especially in the early season so I'm kinda shy on heading out real early. Any firsthand or even second hand accounts are appreciated, folks. Thanks in advance! ***For those that cant pass up saying "it's not about the kill," can it. Opinions are like aholes. We all got em and aint one that doesn't stink.