1. TURKEYS: Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana
If you really want to take out your frustrations on a bunch of turkeys, try the Merriams in this tri-state area. You can hunt them on public land without seeing many other hunters. In Wyoming you can base out of Newcastle or Sundance, and in South Dakota out of Custer. The nearby Black Hills National Forest has plenty of birds, and access is better than in years past due to recent logging. This is mountainous country with steep slopes that can make you think you're elk hunting, but there are plenty of birds in the rolling terrain. Visibility is good in the sparse ponderosa pines, and most birds will roost on the ends of ridges that plummet into deep canyons and valleys. Once you've had your fill of the Black Hills, turn your rig north and hunt birds in the Custer National Forest in Montana, where smaller parcels offer good hunting over a wide area.