Tackling the "US Slam" is indeed a daunting task, especially if you set that as a goal early on, but I didn't start that way. I just always enjoyed going to new places and seeing new sights every year, so for the first 15 or so seasons of my turkey hunting career, I would visit as many as I could squeeze into my schedule, on top of the favorites I hunted every year. Then one day a buddy asked me how many states I'd killed turkeys in, and when I totaled them up, it was around 25. When he asked why I didn't go ahead and hunt in all the rest, I thought he was crazy, because I had no interest in going to some of the more "turkey-poor" states, or putting in for lotteries to get tags, etc. Then I started thinking about it, and the challenge of the whole idea intrigued me, so I started working down the list of remaining un-hunted destinations. Heck, I'm a turkey hunting addict, and I was gonna be on the road from mid-March until June regardless, so it was no big deal to whittle down that list as the opportunities came along. Once I finished my first US Slam and looked back on it, I realized that only a few more birds would give me at least 2 toms in each state, so I figured, "why not go for two?" Now that I've reached that goal (as well as a side goal of killing a tom on public land everywhere except ND) I find myself only a few more birds short of a third US Slam....which I hope to finish up in a couple more seasons. Does it sound like I might have a turkey hunting "problem?"
Like I said, it's a difficult challenge, with obstacles to overcome all along the way, but figuring out the logistics and particulars is a huge part of the fun, and it gives me yet another way to keep actively involved in turkey hunting year-round. After 30 years of turkey travels, my "planning station" at the house looks like the military command center for the Pentagon! I was rather surprised when the NWTF came out in that article and said they'd registered only one US Slam, since I personally know of at least 6 or 7 other fellas who have accomplished the feat, including their past president, Rob Keck. I suppose most of these guys are like me in that it means absolutely nothing to "officially" register them all or be acknowledged for the accomplishment....I know what I've done, and that's good enough for me. The only competition I seek in turkey hunting is that found between the birds and myself.