Are you thinking about going hunting for Merriam’s turkeys for the first time? If so, prepare to be challenged! Although hunting for these birds might appear as though it would be simple, it’s actually a lot harder to hunt them than you might think. Many experienced hunters compare hunting for Merriam’s turkeys to hunting for elk in the sense that elk are bulging during archery season in September while Merriam turkeys are really gobbling come April and May . Here are some of the things you should consider when you go Merriam’s turkey hunting.
Which state are you going to hunt for Merriam’s turkeys in?
You can find Merriam’s turkeys in a variety of states at this point. However, if you want to have the most authentic experience, try hunting for them in one of the states where they’re originally from. New Mexico is one state that can lay claim to Merriam’s turkeys. Start there when you’re searching for the best place to hunt them.
Where are you going to look for Merriam’s turkeys while you’re hunting them?
Part of the reason why it’s so hard to hunt Merriam’s turkeys is because locating them can be a huge undertaking. You really need to plan ahead and figure out exactly where you’re going to look for them before you begin your hunt. Regardless of which state you hunt for Merriam’s turkeys in, it’s a good idea to look for them in heavily wooded areas. Forests that are filled with ponderosa pine trees, in particular, have proven to be great stomping grounds for Merriam’s turkeys.
How are you going to prepare for hunting Merriam’s turkeys?
To get yourself ready to hunt Merriam’s turkeys, do more than just figure out where you’re going to hunt. Study the calls that Merriam’s turkeys make, too. They have almost 30 distinct calls that they use on a regular basis to “talk” with one another. You should learn as much as you can about them to give yourself an advantage when you’re hunting them. You might also want to consider going out hunting for them with a guide who can show you the ropes and tell you what certain turkey calls mean.
JACO Outfitters can speak with you about some of the other things you should consider when hunting for Merriam’s turkeys. We just had one of our best Merriam’s turkey hunting seasons, and we’re already looking forward to next year. Reserve a spot for our 2020 season by calling us at 575-387-2665 or 505-379-5551 today.