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TURKEY TIME TRIP PLANNER

Ok, You've bagged some nice turkeys in your neck of the woods and now the desire to pursue gobblers in other states has gotten the better of you. Perhaps you now begin your quest of a Turkey Grand Slam. It is now time to plan your attack. Some hunters attempt a Grand Slam in one year, while others allow more time, perhaps a lifetime. It does not matter. What is important is that you try to plan quality hunts that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

There are two basic approaches to planning an out of state hunt...

1. Hunt public lands without a guide
2. Use the services of a guide on private/public land

I personally use the services of a guide because I need to be sure that I am hunting in a productive area right away. These hunts usually take place during vacation time and I can't afford wasted days searching for birds.

In booking a guide, there are many questions that a hunter may want to ask...

1. Details about accomodations
2. Price of hunt
3. Is hunt fully guided or semi?
4. When is the best time to book
hunt?
5. How is license obtained?
6. Exactly which license are required?
7. What are gerneral weather conditions?
8. What equipment should be brought
9. Description of hunting style
10. What is the hunter success ratio?
11. Request a list of references

Here are some questions to ask a hunter reference about a certain guide...

1. How were the accomodations?
2. How many turkeys did you see per day?
3. How did the birds react to calling?
4. Were the guides instrumental in your success?
6. Get a description of the land terrain.

THE SLAMS

The Grand Slam consists of...
- Eastern
- Florida (Osceola)
- Merriam's
- Rio Grande

The Royal Slam consists of...
- Eastern
- Florida (Osceola)
- Merriam's
- Rio Grande
- Gould's

The World Slam consists of...
- Eastern
- Florida (Osceola)
- Merriam's
- Rio Grande
- Gould's
- Oscellated