I've hunted Eastern and Rio Grande turkeys but not the Merriam, Osceola or Ocellated turkeys. Is one species of turkey harder to hunt than the other, whether it's calling, location of the hunt or time of year the hunt takes place?
I'd say the hardest to get would be the ocellated. They'll cost you a few thousand dollars and a plane ride to Guatemala which makes it pretty tough lol. As far as calling I've heard that merriams respond the best to the call out of all the subspecies although the eastern isn't too bad either if you can get on the birds. I would say the osceola and rio grande would be the two toughest from a calling perspective.
The tough thing about the Merriam's is the fact that they are more nomadic than the other subspecies. You will typically find easterns, rio grandes etc in the same creek bottoms year after year. Merriam's move around a whole lot more. Unless they are being fed which is a problem in a lot of places here. There is nothing more annoying than finding that the birds are holed up on some jerks land because he is feeding them. I have seen anti-hunters do this to keep "their" birds from being harvested and I have also seen guys to this so they can hunt them for themselves. It really gets on my nerves. I had to backpack in for turkeys last year because of this.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...