Grand Slam Pursuit Updates:
Florida Osceola: hunt complete
Texas Rio Grande: hunt complete
Nebraska Merriam's: hunt complete
Wisconsin Eastern: hunt complete
Minnesota Eastern: hunt complete
GRAND SLAM COMPLETE
This is it. This is the year I've been awaiting since I took my first Eastern wild turkey (a jake) 10 years ago in southeast Minnesota. This is the season I hope to complete my gobbler Grand Slam.
I've killed several mature Easterns in the Midwest, a Merriam's in Nebraska and a Rio Grande in Texas. This has taken place over a decade. As I said in the above video, Monday I'll arrive in Florida to hunt the final leg of my Grand Slam: the Osceola. As the least prevalent and most concentrated subspecies of wild turkey in the Grand Slam, the Osceola stands for many turkey hunters as the most coveted bird to tag in the United States.
But I'm taking my Grand Slam goal to the next level. I will attempt to kill all four subspecies in one year—this spring.
Throughout the season I'll update the "Slam Tracker" map below, which pinpoints the areas of the country I'll be hunting and the subspecies associated with each area. After hunting for an Osceola next week, my pursuit will shift to Texas Rio Grandes in early April. In mid-April, Nebraska welcomes me back for a Merriam's hunt. In late April, I'll return to the Midwest with the goal of tagging an Eastern longbeard in southwest Wisconsin.
I invite you to follow along as I share my cross-country experience with photos, videos and stories from the field. Hopefully you'll cheer me on; I need all the support I can get after completely striking out last year.
Finally, with each of my blog updates, be sure to share personal turkey-hunting tips or stories from your own hunts as comments in my blog or on my Facebook page as the strutter season unfolds. I'll choose my favorite tidbit after my final hunt this spring and award the winner with a special turkey-hunter's prize pack.