IN THE BLACKHILLS National Forest along the western edge of South Dakota, I've chasedMerriam's gobblers in some of the prettiest country east of the Rockies. Theyroost on pine-covered ridges, then hit the ground running at daybreak. And Ican follow them wherever they go in the BHNF's 1.3 million acres.
Depending on howrough you want to go, the price ranges from inexpensive to dirt cheap. Camp inthe national forest for free, or rent a cabin with a buddy. Here's a costbreakdown for the latter option based on five days, four nights.
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