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Taking any one of the turkey subspecies on its own is an accomplishment as turkeys are cagey, have incredible vision and are relatively smart. However, taking any of the six recognized turkey slams is considered a significant achievement. Of those six slams, the most predominantly pursued by American hunters is no doubt the “Grand Slam” which requires a hunter to take all four U.S. subspecies - Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande and Merriam’s. What makes the Grand Slam so challenging is the diverse geographical range of each of the subspecies. While Easterns can be found in a large swath of the eastern United States, other subspecies like the Osceola that are only found in pockets of Florida, make the logistics of completing a slam much more difficult. Jim talks about his personal quest to take the Grand Slam where he was able to bag an Eastern in Missouri, Merriam’s in Colorado, Rio Grande in Texas and Osceola in Florida. He also talks about the significant challenge hunters undertake when they pursue Gould’s and Ocellated turkeys, both primarily found in Mexico and Central America respectively, to complete a World Slam.
Listen in as Jim talks about his experiences hunting turkeys across the country over the years and explains why Kansas is a great place to start if you are pursuing your own Grand Slam.