Lovejoy Ranch
Lovejoy Ranch
Lovejoy Ranch
Lovejoy Ranch

Full Day Birding Trip (Migration Season) at Lovejoy Ranch

1 - 7 Days
Nearest Town, Valentine, Nebraska
6,500 acres
Package Details

Start your morning driving underneath the large trees with many songbirds. Continue across many acres of tall grass and short grass prairie and end your day with expansive wetlands and private access to Ell Lake.

Summer guaranteed nesting birds.

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. 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.

eBird checklists are available for this property:

Checklist 1  

Checklist 2 

Helpful Resources for This Property
Property Visited

Property looked great! Saw probably 5 head of deer on property when driving in. Bob and Jody mentioned they should have pretty good numbers for deer hunters this year. 

Property Visit on 9/14/2022

Theo Stenka


LandTrust Field Rep

Jody D

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Jody D

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Land Details

Habitat Diversity
Deciduous Woodland • Prairie • Large Lakes • Wetlands
Public Access Within 25 Miles
National Parks: No
National Wildlife Refuges: Yes

Birdwatching Details

Birdwatching Amenities
Other activites: Yes. We have fishing available on the property.
Popular Bird Species
Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Wood Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, American Bittern, Short-eared Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Sedge Wren, Lapland Longspur, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Grasshopper Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Bobolink, Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissel

RV/Motorhome Details

RV/Motorhome Amenities
Cell Service
Electric Hookup
Water Hookup
Generators Allowed
RV Description
We allow RV's and tents in designated areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be other hunters on the property for the days I book?
How is the population this year?
Will I receive property maps so that I can plan my hunt?
Does LandTrust allow a day for scouting pre-hunt?
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Property Details & Ground Rules

  • Check In: After 6:00 AM
  • Check Out: Before 9:00 PM
  • Nearby Interstate: 20+ miles
  • Nearby Highway: 0-10 miles
  • Nearby Airport: 20+ miles
  • Campfires: Allowed
  • Pets: Allowed on property
  • ATV's: Allowed
  • Parking: Yes
  • Vehicles: 2 Allowed
  • Drive-in Access: Yes
  • Walk-in Access: Yes
  • Guests: 3 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: Refunds are only available within 48 hours of the landowner accepting your booking request.


Jody D

Hosted by

Jody D

5.0(8 reviews)
Response rate: 91%


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