Prettiest subspecies

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RE: Prettiest subspecies

Postby dluders » April 17th, 2008, 3:59 am

The Oscellated Turkey is indeed very showy, but according to the National Wild Turkey Federation's document
 http://www.nwtf.org/conservation/bulletins/bulletin_06.pdf , the Oscellated Turkey is its own species, and is not related to the Merriam/Rio Grande/Eastern/Osceola/Gould's subspecies:
 
"[font=palatino-roman]T[font=palatino-roman]here are only 2 species of turkey in the world; the [font=palatino-roman]North American wild
[left]turkey [font=palatino-roman]([font=palatino-italic]Meleagris gallopavo[font=palatino-roman]), divided into 5 distinct subspecies, and the ocellated turkey ([font=palatino-italic]Meleagris ocellata[font=palatino-roman][color=#000000])....[font=palatino-roman][color=#292526][size=100][color=#000000][size=85]While the 5 subspecies of the North American turkey can be found from northern Mexico throughout all the United States, except Alaska, and into Ontario, Canada, the ocellated[/left][left]turkey exists only in a 50,000 square mile area comprised of the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, northern Belize and the El Petén region of northern[/left]Guatemala."
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RE: Prettiest subspecies

Postby Gobblernut » April 17th, 2008, 10:15 am

Merimans.. although I live in the east. But at 30 yds my heart is pounding to hard to enjoy their beauty..I enjoy it when it is in the bed of the truck...
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RE: Prettiest subspecies

Postby Otsdawa_Ridge_Runner » April 20th, 2008, 2:23 pm

I enjoy it when it is in the bed of the truck...
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Merimans.. although I live in the east. But at 30 yds my heart is pounding to hard to enjoy their beauty..I enjoy it when it is in the bed of the truck...

 
I like em in the truck bed too! LOL 
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RE: Prettiest subspecies

Postby Dank » April 22nd, 2008, 9:20 am

I love my easterns, but...those white tips on a merriams feathers are spectacular. i just wish i had the time and money to hunt them all.
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RE: Prettiest subspecies

Postby Otsdawa_Ridge_Runner » April 27th, 2008, 12:52 pm

If the NWTF came to me and said they would send me on a turkey hunt all expenses paid it would have to be out west in search of a Merriams hands down!
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RE: Prettiest subspecies

Postby RutnNStrutn » April 28th, 2008, 6:11 am

Since most of us only get to hunt the 4 main subspecies, Eastern, Rio, Merriams and Osceola, I'm not including Goulds or Oscellated in the discussion.  I've killed all 4 of the main American subspecies, and I'll go with the Merriams.  When you get a nice white one, they are the most beautiful.
 
 


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