I tend to agree with what Gary states here.
I did the single season Grand Slam thing once and really the Florida leg of that was a last minute opportunity. It's kind of neat to say you've done it and Florida was neat and different and had a great hunt............But...it was not that much different than the river swamp I hunted in Ga.
For at least 9 of the past 10 years I've taken Easterns, Rios, and Merriams....for a 3/4 Slam
Thats probably is all I'll do from now on.
Almost all of my travel time is now spent hunting the Merriams.....I love the white tip birds...but mostly...I love the west and the ground they inhabit...
If Rios or Osceoals or Easterns inhabited the western ground...thats where I'd prefer to chase em
So as far as what the basis or quality or true Grand Slam is?...It's probably debatable and a matter of opinion and I'll respect what others percieve or want it to be.
The enjoyment and value for me is hunting the western terrain and the adventure that comes with it as Gary touched on. He lives in the middle of it and one day I hope to do the same thing.
No offense intended towards anyone in the east but if you ever hunt Montana, Wyoming, Idaho or any of the "western" states...when it comes to land nothing else is the same....but I'll add when it comes to gobbling...nothing touches our Eastern gobble
For me its more about the experinence......not just taking a particular bird