Bagging My First Eastern Turkey in Nebraska Along the Missouri River

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  • Mike's avatar

    Yes sir! 💪🦃👊

  • Tom's avatar

    Beautiful. Congratulations

  • Alex's avatar

    Congrats Nate!

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  • Lisa's avatar

    Happy for you Nate! Congrats 🦃

  • David's avatar

    Congratulations bud on a nice big turkey!🦃👍👊

  • David's avatar

    Very interesting read on your turkey populations there in Nebraska. Sounds like identifying the particular subspecies could be a tad difficult, if you're going for the Grand Slam, but with the NWTF allowing for the closest in appearance, that shouldn't be too difficult. Any reason as to why the release of the Rio hybrids in Central and South Central portions of the state weren't successful or failed?

  • Nate's avatar

    @David that’s right, in Nebraska, if you’re working toward a turkey slam or just care in general, you can claim your bird toward whatever subspecies it most similarly resembles. In consideration of that, many characteristics go into what makes a subspecies that specific subspecies. For the most part, if you’re looking for a merriams, you need to head for the northwest corner of NE (where I live). Easterns in eastern NE along the the Missouri River and Rios on the Nebraska Kansas border. As to why some took and some didn’t, I’m sure many factors went into that. It does make sense to me that the merriams would be in NW Nebraska because merriams are cold weather, mountain turkeys.

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    Outstanding, Nate!!!

  • Turbo's avatar

    Great job bud...Congrats!!! Beautiful bird!!! 👊🤠👍

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  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    How close are the Rios to your ranch, Nate? After I harvest a Merriams, I’ll have completed my Grand Slam. My next mission is to complete it with a flintlock. I’ve already harvested plenty of Easterns with my flintlock, but if I can harvest a Merriams and Rio with Maggie while enjoying your hospitality, that’ll just leave the Osceola. 😎

  • Nate's avatar

    @Gobbler sounds like a fun challenge! You can find rios on the southern border of NE. If you get about 2 1/2 hours south of Valentine near the Republican River, you can find rios.

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