Mack Prioleau: Where To Go For That Turkey Grand Slam
When you mention the words Grand Slam, people usually think of, and associate the word to, tennis. However, for hunters and the world of small-game hunting, they celebrate and work hard for their own “Grand Slam” title too. Among small game, Mack Prioleau is interested in wild turkey the most. He shares that a wild turkey Grand Slam is achieved when a hunter can harvest a bird from four different subspecies, namely the Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam, and Osceola. Achieving a Grand Slam is no small feat; it requires meticulous planning and intense focus. Here are the places Mack gathers will give him a higher win rate:
Eastern Turkey Subspecies
In general, these turkey subspecies can be found almost anywhere, but for the Eastern subspecies, Mack Prioleau is betting on Missouri. Missouri alone is a prime hunting spot for wild turkey hunting so it’s not farfetched to hope you can get lucky and hunt for all four subspecies right away. Records have the number of turkey in Missouri is at a whopping 600,000, so there’s plenty to go around during the season. Mack shares that a tag for non-residents will cost around $150. You can tell an Eastern turkey by its shiny black feathers and red “beard.” The hens, on the other hand, will have dark grey feathers to white or reddish brown colors.
Rio Grande Turkey Subspecies
For the Rio Grande subspecies found throughout the western desert regions, Mack Prioleau has a different strategy. He’s thinking of heading to Kansas and asking the private landowners if he can hunt on their grounds. The locals here are less likely to care about game than their counterparts in Texas. The Rio Grande turkey subspecies have thinner, longer legs and tan-colored tips on their feathers. The adult males can weigh as heavy as 20 pounds while the adult females can weigh up to 12 pounds.
Merriam Turkey Subspecies
The next turkey subspecies has been frequently sighted and hunted in Wyoming, but Mack Prioleau figures that going with the trend will only leave him with a smaller chance as the competition is likely to get stiff. This is why he prefers to head to South Dakota for the Merriam turkey. This subspecies has snow-white tips on its feathers. The jet black feathers will also have bronze or purple undertones. With the weakest gobble of all the subspecies, the Merriam turkey poses a challenge even for veteran hunters.
Osceola Turkey Subspecies
Finally, for the Osceola turkey, Mack Prioleau has no choice but to head to Florida, the only state where this subspecies can be found. The Osceola turkey has dark brown-tips on its feathers with white bands on its black wings. Hunters have described this subspecies as the hardest to call in, but Mack isn’t discouraged. He believes it only takes a call from a “real hen” to trap one. To begin with, hunting these four subspecies will really test your patience.
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