Hello I am a very quiet member of this forum. I am from west central Illinois and love to bowhunt whitetails and turkeys. I am a senior in high school, and just turned 18. I have several friends that love to hunt also, and we are very passionate about the sport. I was talking to my friends this week and we talked about hunting this spring. The thought came up about a springbreak hunting trip to somewhere outside of Illinois. We all agreed that we would love to try this out if we get the chance, but we are lacking in the planning department. I am the only one who has hunted anything farther west than Missouri, (pheasants in South Dakota and snow gesse in Nebraska/Missouri), and everyone else has very little hunting experience outside of Illinois. I decided to come on here and hopefully get some expert advice on this subject. We have no idea where to begin. There are about four of us who would like to go on this adventure, but we don't even know what we want to hunt. We would like to travel to states such as Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, or even going south for hogs. What we would like to know is what is there to hunt in late March/early April. Our spring break runs from Mar. 22-Apr. 2, and we would like to spend 3-5 days on this trip. What exactly is there to hunt during this time? Turkeys? Little early for them in most places I know, but I believe there are some states that start before the begining of April. Coyotes? Always a good choice. Upland birds? I have an uncle that lives in South Dakota and knows places to hunt prairie dogs, but are they out at that time of year? Others that I'm unaware of? Any suggestions on these or other animals is greatly appreciated. We want to hear about feedback, dates for animals, laws, places to hunt (we are trying to avoid outfitters), things to see, people to meet, stuff to bring, etc. P.S. We would really like a place that sells over-the-counter tags for turkeys, if that is doable. We are also not afraid to gun (that dreaded 3 letter word) hunt. I will be purchasing a .223 in a short while, and a .308 some time after that. What would you suggest for hogs or prairie dogs? Rounds, calibers, etc. Also, we would like to keep this trip under $1500 if possible. ANYTHING that you guys can suggest or help us out with would be tremendous help. We appreciate any advice given and are eager to hear your responses.