Turkey hunt!

mickeyelk

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Opening day hunt in Utah on my LE hunt. Haven't hunted in Utah for the past 3 years for turkeys. Always enjoy my hunts there. Opening morning heard at least 8-10 Gobblers and saw just as many strutting on the ridge. It was a tough hunt trying to get this bird to come in. He had allot of hens with him. My assumption is that this was a flock that hadn't broken up yet. But he was a nice 2 year old bird and can't wait til next time I hunt in Utah.

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rmanwill

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Awesome. Glad you made it out to enjoy the outdoors. Congrats on a nice bird. Thanks for sharing.
 

3TOE

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Opening day hunt in Utah on my LE hunt. Haven't hunted in Utah for the past 3 years for turkeys. Always enjoy my hunts there. Opening morning heard at least 8-10 Gobblers and saw just as many strutting on the ridge. It was a tough hunt trying to get this bird to come in. He had allot of hens with him. My assumption is that this was a flock that hadn't broken up yet. But he was a nice 2 year old bird and can't wait til next time I hunt in Utah.

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Congratulations to ya & nice looking bird. It looks like a Rio, what area of the state were you hunting? I’m hunting the general hunt next week & focusing on the south central region in hopes of getting into some merriams.
 

deerkiller

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Congratulations to ya & nice looking bird. It looks like a Rio, what area of the state were you hunting? I’m hunting the general hunt next week & focusing on the south central region in hopes of getting into some merriams.
I’m don’t think there’s any true pure Merriams anywhere in the central region. Only ones i Know of are in southern Utah areas, like San Juan.
 

3TOE

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I’m don’t think there’s any true pure Merriams anywhere in the central region. Only ones i Know of are in southern Utah areas, like San Juan.
I’m planning to hunt between Boulder & Torrey. According to the NWTF maps and some reading I’ve done on UT’s population estimates there are supposed to be a few small pockets of merriams in that general area extending slightly further south & to the west. We will see...
 

3TOE

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Thanks yoteduster! I was super happy to get him. I went into the particular area I hunted in hopes of getting a Merriam. After a day and a half of scouting, I couldn’t locate any birds up high because they weren’t vocal. I ended up dropping down in elevation in the same area and found a few flocks. I believe my bird is a Rio, but he looked like he may have a bit of Merriam in him. Either way... one of these days I’m hoping for a true Merriam.
 

mickeyelk

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This year I took 2 Rio's and one Merriam. The only difference that was noticed was in the tail feathers. The Merriam has a off white band in the black if the tail feathers. Plus the Merrian's tail feathers was about an inch longer overall, The two tail feathers that I saved I believe the Rio was 3 and the Merrian was 2. I have always wondered how to tell them apart til now.

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3TOE

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This year I took 2 Rio's and one Merriam. The only difference that was noticed was in the tail feathers. The Merriam has a off white band in the black if the tail feathers. Plus the Merrian's tail feathers was about an inch longer overall, The two tail feathers that I saved I believe the Rio was 3 and the Merrian was 2. I have always wondered how to tell them apart til now.

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Nice! Yeah you can really see the difference in the bottom pic of the Merriam. My bird had a light honey tone to the primary & secondary feather tips. It’s possible it was a hybrid but doesn’t really matter either way. I’m looking forward to cooking some next weekend. I smoked my last turkey breast from last year a month or so ago.
 

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