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Old 04-30-2018, 02:11 PM   #1
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I had the good fortune to hunt Merriam's Turkeys in Southern Colorado this past week. Bagged my first Merriam's and had a great time in camp.


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Old 04-30-2018, 02:27 PM   #2
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Niiiice! Congratulations!
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:44 PM   #3
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Awesome!!

Out of curiosity, did you hunt public or private?
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:45 PM   #4
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Awesome!!

Out of curiosity, did you hunt public or private?
It was a private ranch.
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:47 PM   #5
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Nice, but that's a hybrid bird I believe.
We hunted down there one year through Lobo outfitters on a trespass fee unguided hunt. Neat country and plenty of birds.
Might be the lighting on the pic though.
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:54 PM   #6
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Nice, but that's a hybrid bird I believe.
We hunted down there one year through Lobo outfitters on a trespass fee unguided hunt. Neat country and plenty of birds.
Might be the lighting on the pic though.
It's definitely a Merriam's. The turkey on the left was a bit darker but also a Merriam's. There are no RIO's or eastern turkeys in that high country. We were hunting in pretty high elevation. Over 7,000 ft. Must be the lighting on the IPhone 10+ pic.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:11 PM   #7
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The tan color on the tail tips throws me off. We have Rios around here and we're at 7,200 ft. Lots of hybrids also, it's getting hard to find a pure bred rio or merriams.
Were they still with hens ?
Beautiful birds, congrats to both of you !!
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:21 PM   #8
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Nice birds congrats! Those are great pics and looks like some beautiful country too.

I killed a one in Nebraska few years ago. Someone later told me it was probably a hybrid. I told them that since I went there to hunt merriams.... It's a dang merriams!!!
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:28 PM   #9
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Your guide Ryan is a family friend. Great guy. I would love to hunt up there with him and Fred.

Congrats on a beautiful bird!
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:44 PM   #10
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The tan color on the tail tips throws me off. We have Rios around here and we're at 7,200 ft. Lots of hybrids also, it's getting hard to find a pure bred rio or merriams.
Were they still with hens ?
Beautiful birds, congrats to both of you !!
You can't go off of feather tips color. We've killed quite a few birds in the Gila that are a little more buff than white, and there have never been birds released into the Gila that I've ever heard of. Gila birds were seed birds for lots of WY and SD, and from what I've been told are as pure as a Merriam's can possibly be.

These birds were killed within a 1/2 mile of each other, and in the middle of the Gila.




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Old 04-30-2018, 03:54 PM   #11
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Nice!! Would love to go one day.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:17 PM   #12
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The tan color on the tail tips throws me off. We have Rios around here and we're at 7,200 ft. Lots of hybrids also, it's getting hard to find a pure bred rio or merriams.
Were they still with hens ?
Beautiful birds, congrats to both of you !!


He was still with hens. Saw lots of toms with hens.


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Old 04-30-2018, 06:17 PM   #13
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Nice birds congrats! Those are great pics and looks like some beautiful country too.

I killed a one in Nebraska few years ago. Someone later told me it was probably a hybrid. I told them that since I went there to hunt merriams.... It's a dang merriams!!!


Hell yeah. Thanks


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Old 04-30-2018, 06:20 PM   #14
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Your guide Ryan is a family friend. Great guy. I would love to hunt up there with him and Fred.

Congrats on a beautiful bird!


Man Ryan is a hell of a guy. This was my second time hunting with him. I hunted antelope with them last year. Going back in September for mule deer. Fred has an awesome crew out there.


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Old 04-30-2018, 06:27 PM   #15
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Beautiful! Congrats!
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:32 AM   #16
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Man Ryan is a hell of a guy. This was my second time hunting with him. I hunted antelope with them last year. Going back in September for mule deer. Fred has an awesome crew out there.


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Great to hear. My dad is actually going to hunt with him for Antelope this August
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:45 AM   #17
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Congrats Steveo!
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:47 AM   #18
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nice congrats
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:48 AM   #19
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Great to hear. My dad is actually going to hunt with him for Antelope this August


You're dad should check out the horse stalking they do for the antelope. It's a lot of fun.


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Old 05-01-2018, 09:49 AM   #20
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Thanks buddy.


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Old 05-01-2018, 09:51 AM   #21
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Not just going by tail feather colors, we have tons of hybrids. Know our bipologist well and we know a bit about turkeys. Our ranges overlap , down there probably not as much.
Those wing feathers tell the story. Rios more black than white, merriam's more white with black barrs.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:42 PM   #22
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Very good!! I’m still trying to bag my first one up here
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:48 PM   #23
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Very Nice!

Congrats!
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