No, not intentionally anyways. I just always liked Merriams. I was fortunate enough to guide a handicapped hunter in Texas a few years back. After she got shot her Rio I hunted a couple days and shot mine as well. Just missing that Florida bird now....Thats one great trip ! Beautiful birds ! Are you both venturing out to complete the Turkey Grand Slam ?
Western Nebraska has some public land and they are one of the few states with OTC tags. I always say to myself that I will go on such a hunt and for some reason never do. I need to get off my rear end and pony up.
The original oregon trail goes through scotts bluffFortunately we had a private land connection, so didn't need public land. We were on the western border too, Scottsbluff area. Beautiful country, but hot....Good luck if you get out that way.