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osceola turkey......notice the different colors in the chest of this sub species.

http://www.wild-about-hunting.com/images/photos/osceola_wild_turkey.jpg

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The mexican turkey is called the Gould's (I just looked it up!) and they too have white tipped tail feathers (I didn't know that).
flying;

http://www.azgfd.gov/artman/uploads/goulds_turkey_flying.jpg

here is a strutting pic too;

http://www.dccl.org/information/March_19_2001_11.jpg

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Here is a pic of Doug with his bird that better shows the tail, etc.

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I also think that those white tips are beautiful. I didn't realize how colorful these turkeys were, until I saw mine in the sun.
We have two species here in Colorado, the Merriam and the Rio Grand.

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Here's a map...........
http://www.wildturkeyzone.com/wildturkey/species5.htm

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Went out again this morning. Surrounded by birds but couldn't suck any in.

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My work took me not far from where we got our birds earlier - so I donned camo, grabbed my shotgun, and headed out. Not but several hundred yards from where we got our birds a GIGANTIC tom was walking about - but across the road and on other property. I proceeded down the road and pulled in to the owner residence - to secure permission. As though almost on cue the owner met me outside and gave me permission. I returned to the spot but the tom had vanished. I parked - got out and hunted about. Whoa - disappearing act.

I am proud of the birds we got the other day - but this tom was in a whole other league - almost on scale for size with the various livestock on the property (or so it seemed). Huge. Big (game).

It's nice to know he's around. Perhaps we'll meet in more productive circumstances before the season ends (in a week).

A few days ago I was hunting about in the same area and I think ran into the sole survivor of the shooting the day we got our birds. He still looked a bit frazzled and quite distressed to see me (again?).

Early spring has turned into early summer - with the snow gone - warm temps, everything green, birds churping, and insects (including ticks and mosquitos). Beautiful time of year to be out and about.

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OMG! ... I got him!

I had business out in the county - so I drove wide and checked out the spot where I saw the tom yesterday evening. Nothing. I drove out and around - and decided to loop back. THERE HE WAS! I slowed down to where I could park, I watched him as he watched me. I could tell he didn't like what he saw - he turned around and started walking the other way. I grabbed SG, loaded up, and headed into the small patch of woods and brush between he and me. Range - probably about 60 yards. I closed some distance to about 50 and he entered some brush. I could make out his form - but just seemed a bit iffy at that range, with # 5s, especially if partially shielded by some twigs, etc. But the brush patch was fairly isolated, so I figured I had him. I skipped across the small creek and up onto a stump. Now everything was in front of me at 30 yards - very lethal zone. All he had to do was move - so I could see him - and it would be over.

I waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.

Huhhh.

Could he have slipped away?

How could a bird that large slip away unnoticed?

I waited some more.

I called him by name (Tom).

Still nothing.

I milled about.

Nothing.

I approached the brush patch.

Nothing.

Ughhhh.

I found where he, and perhaps others, had bedded in the grass. How many times had he watched me drive by, unnoticed.

But he wasn't there now.

I could see where perhaps using the brush as cover he could have slipped up the hill.

Stealthy critter.

So I headed up the hill. Just maybe.

The hill was logged with a few bushes, trees, but for the most part grass and stumps.

The thought occurred to me - I was in his domain. He probably escapes and evades every day. Who am I to think I can come onto this tom's turf and out-smart him? But thoughts like that are not productive. Instead I thought on the fact that I have a God in heaven that can work on my behalf - and also - that, regardless of how smart he made these critters - he also gave me dominion over them.

So I headed up the hill.

If I was him - and was able to sneak out of a kill zone - I would then spare no energy to get as far away as possible ... on order of decimal or integer miles.

But one has to try. I followed what could have been his escape route, eventually getting on top of a hill, with good visibility all around.

Nothing.

So, ughhh, ... I was in the process of giving up and turning around, when behind me I heard a clucking sound - perhaps fifteen feet away. "Me thinketh that sounds like a turkey." But, it could be a hen, so I better be careful. I moved toward the sound - a big red head popped up. Then he ducked and started to move quickly away - as I am learning they can do. Everything now is, understandably, happening very fast. Since I am on the crown of a hill, these may be the last small moments I see him, forever. And he, in contrast to earlier, is so close that I am again at disadvantage - as my pattern will be VERY small (tight).

I snap the shot off as he disappears and it looks like he tumbles.

I go over and I have my tom.

I AM RICHER AND MORE BLESSED THAN I DESERVE!!!

I GOT MY TOM!

Notes: 1. Though the brunt of my pattern missed his head - it did catch one of his shoulders - and wipe him out mightily - looked like he was hit by a car!

2. I guess he's not as big as a piece of livestock. But he's sure bigger than the other birds (quail, pheasant, ducks, and geese) that I have shot.

3. Getting past some biting and barking dogs - I stuffed a couple large feathers and thank you note in the landowner's door.

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SH aka Turkeyslayer, Congratulations! Thumbs up Sounds like a exciting adventure. You worked hard and I'm glad you were blest with another Tom. Big smile

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Thanks Hiker. Lessons learned: 1) never give up in my thinking 2) never give up in physically getting out there. And third, don't give up. (There were other less productive outings not chronicled above.)

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