Lovejoy Ranch
Lovejoy Ranch
Lovejoy Ranch
Lovejoy Ranch

Lovejoy Ranch

5.0 (2 Reviews)

Valentine, NE

6,500 acres
About this property

**Deer Hunting For The 2021 Season Is Booked Out**

Lovejoy Ranch is a sixth-generation working cattle ranch owned and operated by Bob and Jody Dexter. The 6500-acre property is nestled in the north-central region of the unique grass-covered dunes of the Sandhills, just a short 20-minute drive to Valentine, Nebraska.

Cattle grazing through proper grass management provide wildlife a perfect habitat. Whitetail and mule deer can be found across the ranch in the hills and around the tree claim shelterbelts. The Evergreen Creek flows East through the land providing water to various ponds creating a natural environment for waterfowl. In the early mornings, you can count on hearing the rooster pheasants chatter and take off in flight as ranch chores begin, while turkeys leave their roosts and begin their day. When moving cattle through their pasture rotations you are sure to have a flock of prairie chickens and sharptail grouse take flight under your horse’s belly. El Lake, the beginning of the Evergreen creek, is a small lake stocked with an abundance of bass, northern pike, and bluegill.

The Ranch has RV and tent camping available, but hotel lodging is available in a short drive. Valentine is a small town at the junction of two major US Highways, 20 and 83. You can find just about anything you need here— there are two gun stores, a bait shop, a grocery store, etc.

Although we don't have a minimum for days booked in a trip, we highly recommend booking multiple days to take full advantage of what our ranch can offer! Our family has had great success hunting the ranch and we look forward to sharing this with other sportsmen!

2021 Spring turkey season is upon us. Contact us for special consideration for youth sportsmen.
Youth Archery March 25 – May 31
Archery March 25 – May 31
Youth Shotgun April 10 – May 31
Shotgun April 17 – May 31 

2021 Deer Season
Archery: Sept. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021
November firearm: Nov. 13, 2021-Nov. 21, 2021
Muzzleloader: Dec. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021
Antlerless Late Season: Jan. 1, 2021-Jan. 15, 2021; Jan. 1, 2022 – Jan. 15, 2022

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Land Details

Agriculture • Natural Forage • Food Plots
Ponds • Lakes • Streams • Livestock Tanks
Evergreen Creek runs through property. Partial ownership of El Lake for Bass, Pike and Blue Gill fishing....
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Hills • Draws • Shelter belt • Grasslands • Brush
Native grass, shelter belts, willows, tall grass bedding location...
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Hunting & Fishing Details

Hunting Methods
Hunting Amenities
  • Game Cameras (1)
Game Species
  • Coyote - $100.00
  • Gopher - $25.00
  • Mule Deer - $300.00
  • Pheasant - $100.00
  • Turkey - $150.00
  • Waterfowl - $100.00
  • Whitetail - $200.00
Fishing Methods
Fly Fishing
Artificial Lure
Live Bait
Bow Fishing
Fish Species
Fishing rates are set at a flat fee $50.00 per day.
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike

RV/Motorhome Details

RV/Motorhome Amenities
Cell Service
Electric Hookup
Water Hookup
Generators Allowed

Available Packages

1 Full Day Birding Trip (Non Migration)
1 Day 5 People
Package Price: $125.00

1 Full Day Birding Trip (Migration Season)
1 Day 5 People
Package Price: $750.00

3-Day DIY Turkey Hunt
3 Days 5 People
Package Price: $2,000.00

Personalize Your Package
Up to 5 People
Starting at: $25.00

Details & Ground Rules

  • Check In: After 6:00 AM
  • Check Out: Before 9:00 PM
  • Campfires: Allowed
  • Pets: Allowed on property
  • ATV's: Allowed
  • Parking: Yes
  • Vehicles: 3 Allowed
  • Drive-in Access: Yes
  • Walk-in Access: Yes
  • Guests: 5 Allowed

Landowner Rules: Everything that is brought in with you must go out. Always shut the gates. This is a working cattle ranch, please be mindful of the livestock and horses.

Cancellation Policy: A Guest on LandTrust has 48 hours from the time the Landowner accepts their booking request to cancel their booking and receive a full refund. After 48 hours from the moment the Landowner accepts a booking, there is no refund available to the Guest. View Policy.


Reviews (2)

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    Nolan B
    July 2021

    The Lovejoy ranch is a fantastic location for birding and observing unique species. Some species seen include unlikely finds like a female sharptailed grouse with seven chicks, and a nesting colony of black terns. The area houses wetlands, small forests, and mixed grass prairie. We had the property mostly to ourselves allowing for peaceful observation of species. One of the best birding experiences I have had in the region. Would definitely recommend it to any birder looking for a different and personal birding experience.

  • Colton D
    Colton D
    May 2021

    The group had an incredible hunt! Successfully harvested two nice toms and saw tons of other birds. Did some great bass fishing to top off the trip. What an incredible spot, with incredible hosts!

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Available Packages

1 Full Day Birding Trip (Non Migration)
1 Day 5 People
Package Price: $125.00

1 Full Day Birding Trip (Migration Season)
1 Day 5 People
Package Price: $750.00

3-Day DIY Turkey Hunt
3 Days 5 People
Package Price: $2,000.00

Personalize Your Package
Up to 5 People
Starting at: $25.00