What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

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What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by fmdavis » April 12th, 2015, 11:14 am

What is the hardest bird to kill? Also what bird gobbles the most?
(Osceola, Eastern, Rio, Merriam)

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by Gobbler » April 12th, 2015, 2:11 pm

Welcome aboard man. :thumbup:

Hey I use to know the answer to this but now I don't know. They are all hard to kill lately. :dontknow:

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by guesswho » April 12th, 2015, 4:50 pm

The one in your sights is usually the easiest, the one gobbling across the road and property line is normally the hardest.

What little experience I have I'd say Eastern, Osceola and Merriam in that or from hardest to easiest. But there are exceptions with all of them.
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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by Diamond K » April 12th, 2015, 9:33 pm

For me Easterns are the easiest if they haven't been work a lot.
Osceola hasn't been to tough but I hunt private land.
Rio sound off a lot and are often in bunches with lots of eyes to watch you.
Merriam has been the hardest for me because I hunt the mountains in Idaho. They sound like you are on top of them, only to find they are on the other mountain side. So you wait for them to fly back.
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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by OLE RASPY » April 12th, 2015, 9:48 pm

I finished my grand slam. from easiest to hardest
1.merriams
2.rios
3.osceolas
4.easterns

I hunted all private land. theres gonna be several different answers im sure here. The merriams gobbled more than any bird ive ever hunted
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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by K9Doc » April 12th, 2015, 10:05 pm

Eastern (Especially MS.--Heavily hunted and the ones I kill never gobble much.)
Osceola (Talk well on private- Not any different than Easterns)
Merriams (Easy to spot and stalk --Come to calls well)
Rios (Never seen one that I couldn't kill--They
Don't shut up!!!). LOL

(Assuming private land)
I would say Merriams are prolly toughest
If in the Rugged Mts out west tho.
But day in day out the above will be
The most common reply.

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by madmike1977 » April 12th, 2015, 10:40 pm

A West Virginia District 2 public land Eastern! 90% of them are dead from poaching before the season comes in and the 10 % still alive are hiding under rocks and down groundhog holes. If your lucky enough to get one to work with you a little you had better know what your doing or be very lucky. Also expect company, I swear guys around here can hear one gobble from at least 20 miles away. You`ll have pickups and every idiot that bought their calls and shotgun at walmart the night before the season opens running you over to get to him when he sounds off! When it comes to these birds, educated is an understatement!

easterns are all i`ve ever hunted but i can tell you that they vary with region and even one tract of land to another. we hunt one 80 acre tract at the intersection of 2 highways that i have only heard 1 bird gobble. they also rarely respond to calling. 10 mile away the birds behave completely differently.

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by willygee » June 12th, 2019, 7:54 pm

A public land Florida Osceola gobbler is without a doubt the toughest bird to kill.
Many of the toms wont even gobble before flydown or when they fly up at night.

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by Shooter » June 25th, 2019, 7:49 pm

All of em!! Turkeys are like a box of Chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. :mrgreen:

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by ol bob » June 25th, 2019, 9:17 pm

Easiest the last one. Hardest the next one.

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by Fdept56 » June 25th, 2019, 10:36 pm

One turkey can be both. Even on the same day!

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by Realwarrior » February 21st, 2020, 8:21 pm

Easiest- the one that walks towards my gun.
Hardest- the one that walks away from it!

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by youngoutdoors » February 21st, 2020, 10:38 pm

You just killed the easiest! And you just spooked the hardest!

I called in a gobbler and spooked him 3 times one spring and he got almost inpossible to call. I spooked him on purpose that first year he was a two year old. Made some great hunts after that.

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Re: What is the hardest and easiest gobbler to kill?

Post by 2nd100 » April 12th, 2021, 4:05 pm

Easterns in the Southeast where they have been hunted for 200 + years are the hardest .

Osceolas have not been terribly hard . but I'd rate them 2nd .

Merriams would be #3 . God they gobble and walk at a jog for most people . just have to get in front of them , then you can stear them towards you . merriams have an itinerary and they may ease off corse but not much . Keep movibg and get in front of them then steer them close enough !

Rios ... My favorite . gobble hard in the dark in the morning. Get close and call away . then about 5 pm here they go gobbling again all the way to the roost if you can't intercept him you know where to start tomorrow !

But you could call that limited experience since ive only killed 2 Royal slams , and 10 Grand slams . with 9 and 10 Lifetime achievement being finished this year . ive done it 2 times single season just to prove to myself it could be done by a poor ol country boy .
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