Hey tom slayer, good to hear back from you. Our birds out here are Merriams. We currently do not have a management plan for our birds. The gov't has a draw for 200 tags per year here. Last year, there was over 5500 applicants for the tags! I'm really lucky as both my wife and I were drawn for this year's spring season. I am a member of NWTF and also our local fish and game clubs. I have been in contact with the gov't to implement a management plan and now have a meeting scheduled in mid Feb. so that we can be organized in our efforts to expand the population. I'd love to swap a hunt with you sometime but I would have to take you to BC (short drive) to get across the counter tags for Merriams. I have harvested only Merriams and Rio's so far. I as well would like to get my slam. My plans this year are of course the draw hunt here in Alberta, a hunt in BC, and a hunt in Montana. I am "preparing" the wife for a trip to Florida in 2010 to hopefully get an osceola. With our NWTF club we are setting up the traps this weekend to prepare for trapping and relocating in February. Take care and hope the weather lifts for you.