Thanks for the advice! Yeah, I've been living in Rapid City for a few years now. I finally bought a truck in January... I figured, that should open up a few more options for hunting (it was hard fitting a shotgun into my beater Ford Escort... let alone any game). I used to hunt deer in Southern Minnesota when I was in high school, but I haven't hunted much for over 10 years. College and starting a career has taken priority the last 10 years, but now I've got the time and the money to get back into hunting. Last summer I got into fly fishing out here, that's been fun. Hunting, as I said, it's been about 10 years since I've hunted, but I'm anxious to get back into it! I figured Turkey hunting would be a fun way to start, and relatively inexpensive (obviously, it's as cheap or as expensive as a guy wants to make it). I'll buy more stuff as I go, figuring out what more I need and want. I did enough research where I think I have an idea about the basics. I'm sure the learning curve will be steep though! I do have a compass and maps. I think I'll take your advice and purchase a GPS at Cabela's either today or tomorrow, that sounds like a good way to go.
I've been searching for that battle ax road, I haven't found it yet. If nothing else, I'll stop at the Ranger station and ask them. I'm sure they'll know where it is. When you look at the maps, there's a lot of area, and a lot of area I'm not familiar with, so just driving around haphazardly is a bit daunting. The bulk of my time in the hills has been driving to trout streams, so that has narrowed the areas I've explored down a lot. Obviously, Turkey hunting will take me to a lot more places than trout fishing, so I'm looking forward to that aspect as well! I'll take your advice and start down in the Hill City area!
Go Minnesota Twins (I'm also happy baseball season is upon us!)!