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My buddy and I whacked our first birds on Saturday. I am new at this, and was sceptical. And I was having little success as my approach was to bag the calling and try and spot and stalk. Those buggers are hard to sneak up on. Saturday we spotted 3 gobblers heading up a hill on property we had permission. I told my buddy to go after them - but he said it was too late - they were moving too fast. But I talked him into it - but he insisted he wait for me to go with him. So I did. I thought we could go way around and ambush - but he wanted to tighter flank them and call them back. Oh, well - I'll let him try.

Long story short - we came up somewhat behind them on the left - over a shallow change in terrain, got prone, and he started calling. My buddy Doug has been serious about learning to call - watching all the videos, etc. I thought just in case I better get prone also, since there was no cover. To my amazement - he stopped those birds - they did a 180 - and came looking for us (or, what I should say, the `laddies' - as he was using various hen call sounds). The birds got well within lethal kill range - when they realized their error - it was too late - our almost simultaneous shots felled one each.

I'm now a believer (in calling) - and now have perhaps a new addiction.

Our birds were not kings of the forest - but gotta start somewhere.

I think I'll buy a second tag.

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SH, Fantastic! Congrats to you and Doug on a great hunt. Thumbs up

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Awesome Thumbs up What a Great way to get started Big smile

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I told you last year. Once you get started, its like a sickness! Congrats Thumbs up

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Yeah, I think I might be hooked. Bought my second tag. Second tag is good starting tomorrow. Maybe I'll do a few errands, and head to the hills looking for toms.

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Good luck and have fun!!!

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I look over onto Hiker's "Colorado Merriam Turkey Hunt" and I wonder what kind (subspecies) of birds we got into. At the time I was just thrilled that they were turkeys, were of the male gender and at least of `gobbler' grade, and were getting closer and closer ...

As I look through various pics on the forum it is interesting to see the different species of birds across the U.S.

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Yours were Merriam turkeys too. You can tell by the white tipped tail feathers. That is the only sub species with white tips on the tail. To me they are the best looking of them all but I think they are all good looking birds. I love the way the feathers change colors as they are walking in the sun.

The typical Rocky Mountain turkey is the merriam but I think there are rio grand turkeys in the southern rockies and I believe that the state of Washington has succesfully introduced 3 of the US subspecies in their state although I'm not possitive that they have the osceola turkey which is native to Florida. I'm sure they have the eastern, rio and merriams though. There is another subspecies that is native to Mexico and we dont have it in the US but I dont remember the name of that turkey.

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rio grand turkey

http://www.worldclassoutdoors.com/2004pics/Texas%20Rio%20Grand%20Turkey%...

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eastern wild turkey

http://www.nwtf.org/images/EASTERN15_b.jpg

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merriam turkey

http://www.wildturkeyzone.com/wildturkey/merriams.jpg

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