You can find Merriam’s turkeys in several states these days, including Utah, Oregon, and even California. But if you’re going to hunt for them, it’s best to do it in one of the states where they originated from. New Mexico, in particular, is a great state to visit for those looking to hunt Merriam’s turkeys. They’re mountain-dwelling turkeys that can be found at high elevations in the ponderosa pine forests in the state. You’ll enjoy amazing views and great temperatures when you go out hunting for them. Here are some tips to help you bag one.
Know where to find Merriam’s turkeys.
Merriam’s turkeys tend to gather in heavily wooded areas that have a lot of ponderosa pine trees. These turkeys have very bad vision at night, which is why they’re almost always on the hunt for cover. They also prefer to spend most of their time in wooded areas that provide relatively easy access to open meadows during the day where they can eat. You may want to consult Google Earth before a Merriam’s turkey hunt to see if you can find any areas that fit this description.
Learn how to call Merriam’s turkeys.
Merriam’s turkeys are very vocal creatures. They have 28 distinct calls that they use to communicate with one another. Male Merriam’s turkeys have a specific gobble that you’ll recognize when you hear it. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various calls that Merriam’s turkeys use. It’s also smart to practice your Merriam’s turkey calls and to use them to your advantage when you’re getting close to one during a hunt.
Consider utilizing the services of a guide when hunting Merriam’s turkeys.
Hunting Merriam’s turkeys might seem like a simple enough task. But if you’ve never done it before, you might be surprised by how challenging it can be. A lot of experienced hunters have compared it to elk hunting, which requires a ton of patience and skill on the part of hunters. You might want to think about utilizing the services of a guide during your first Merriam’s turkey hunt.
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