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Ocolated Turkeys in mexico

I took a trip to the Yucatan aria in mexico this last winter. While walking through the ancient Myan ruins I (and a group of Gringos) saw a semi-fermiliar sight....Turkeys! I had known that the only turkeys down there were the Ocolated turkey. The three I saw were either hens or jakes in the eclipse plumage. Either way, I thought it was very cool and for the rest of the trip I asked every local I ran into about hunting them. Obviously hunting is not an every-mans sport in mexico. Gun laws are strict. But I see there are outfitters that one can purchase a hunt from down there.

Just wondering if anyone has ever hunted them in good ol' mexico or centeral america and how the hunt was. I'd love to hear the story!

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IMHO they are more like

IMHO they are more like a pretty looking peacock and it's hard for me to see them as part of the turkey family!!!  Also, the way they are hunted doesn't light my fire one bit.  I'll be happy if I can eventually find a place to shoot an Osceola down in Florida to complete my big 4 in the turkey species and you can have your peacocks all to yourself, LOL!!!

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I will give you that! They

I will give you that! They are like a peafowl. I wasn't aware how they were hunted. By your post I will asume they use dogs or some other way of hunting down there. Nobody ever said mexico is enamered with the "fair chase" ideal.

I went to the state of Nayarit a few years back with some guys that work for me in the orchards. We used dogs and hunted pretty much anything the dogs ran out of the brush. In a week I shot two whitetail does, a few javelinas, a coati and a bobcat. It was intersesting if not comical. Ate everything besides the cat.

Though it was'nt my perfered type of hunting, I make no apologies for doing it either. It was a blast to hut in a different coutry they way they do it with native people. I should mention the ranch I stayed on had no running water or power so it was an adventure to say the least.

And yes I would still like to hunt one of those peacocks someday as well as an Osceola in FL. I've been lucky enough to grow up in WA and have RIo, Mirriams, And Easterns all within 300 miles of me and will be hunting Easterns this year which would conclude my WA grand slam.

Always good to get a post back though. Thaks Topgun. And don't you think a Peacock would lokk nice on your wall? Put it right next to the mounted chicken. haha

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