Walked up, Stalking
The wild turkeys are native to the North American continent and are known as the largest ground nesting bird on Earth. They were abundant in nature, but the population of wild turkeys begins to decline when colonization over-ruled. This continued till the 1960’s until the restoration of the wild turkey population came in the priority orders of wildlife management.
Every true, dedicated wild turkey game hunter will always have two things in common: fascinating stories from their adventures chasing turkey and the ideal goal of achieving a “Turkey Grand Slam” at least once in their lifetime; the highest echelons of extreme turkey hunting.
A “Turkey Grand Slam” consists of hunting all four subspecies of turkey:
- Eastern Turkey
- Merriam’s Turkey
- Osceola Turkey
- Rio Grande Turkey
Turkey game hunting is common throughout North America because of its addictive and challenging nature. The eastern turkey, with its shrill gobble, longspurs, and extended beard reaches over 11 kg’s and is extremely elusive towards people.
Merriam's is a smaller species game, almost beardless and unrecognizable but easier to call than the eastern.
The Osceola on the other hand, relates more to the eastern, a wild, unpredictable bird to hunt for with similar size, feathering, and beard as an eastern. Get ready for lowland marsh field country for Osceola hunting. As the name suggests, they are native and exclusive to the state of Florida.
Lastly, the Rio Grande, the spur-wearing, sharp-shooting subspecies found roaming Texas and other southern states is a medium-sized bird that matures up to approximately 7 kgs. Rio Grande's, like the river, need their space and prefer open prairie country compared to Easterns, who get low and hidden in young and old forest underbrush.
The top destinations for hunting wild turkeys include Alabama, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Texas. The Spring Wild Turkey hunts is world famous and is in the bucket list of every turkey lover!
Be ready for a shock when stalking any type of turkey, they are as spooky and keen-eyed as they come!
Hunting Turkey in New Zealand: Turkey is the most sought after big game hunt of New Zealand and hunter's first love. The game population is immensely high and you can hunt two of the most popular turkey species:
- Merrium's Turkey
- New Zealand Turkey
Unllike other upland game birds, there is no restriction or hunting laws or seasons in order to hunt this remarkable bird game. Therefore New Zealand offers year round hunting opportunities for turkey.
Hunting Turkey in Hawaii: Hawaii is a beautiful island state of United States and a hunting paradise for the turkey hunters. The state is known for offering the finest big game and bird hunting opportunities. Turkey is one of the most sought after game hunt and it delivers an exceptional hunting experience in this tropical island paradise - Hawaii.
Varieties: Rio Grande Turkey, Oceola Turkey, Merriam Turkey, Eastern Turkey
Scientific name: Meleagris gallopavo
Size: length: 1.1 – 1.2 m, wingspan: 1.2 – 1.4 m
Weight: male 5 – 11 kg, female 2.5 – 5.4 kg
Lifespan: up to 4 years
Methods: Bow hunting, High volume shooting, Hunting from a blind, Wildfowling, High-seat, Stalking, Walked Up
Countries: North America, Europe