Witness prairie chickens booming in Nebraska

Calamus Outfitters is located at the Switzer Ranch in the Calamus river basin of north-central Nebraska. The outfitter is a family-owned outdoor recreational business offering bird watching, wildlife viewing, upland bird hunting, canoeing, jeep touring, and photography. They also offer two unusual activities: “prairie chicken booming” and “tanking.” The guide takes guests to booming (mating) grounds where prairie chickens and sharptail grouse gather for elaborate mating rituals. Tank trips are river floats in large, round, plastic livestock feeding tanks outfitted with comfy seating. As they move downriver, the tanks swirl like a Tilt-a-Whirl amusement park ride on water – tanking.

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