Top 5 Heavyweight Wild Turkey Gobblers by Subspecies

By author of Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

What's the Biggest Turkey You've Ever Killed?

Turkey hunters love to get down to the details of spurs, beards and even weight.

We pulled together the top five heavyweights of each wild turkey subspecies, and lined them up in this photo blog.

This is one big wild turkey. (c) John Hafner photo

Check out the top weights for Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's, Gould's, and Osceola turkeys as found in the official NWTF wild turkey records.

The Ocellated, of course, is a separate species of wild turkey. Go here for a photo essay on this bird of Southern Mexico.

Eastern, 37.61 Pounds

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1 | Eastern, 37.61 Pounds

David Cody Guess killed this Eastern on April 21, 2015, in Lyon, Kentucky.

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Rio Grande, 37.1250 Pounds

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2 | Rio Grande, 37.1250 Pounds

Jacob Braught, of Oregon, took this big Rio Grande gobbler in his home state on April 15, 2002.

He used a box call to lure the monster Rio into range.

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3 | Merriam's, 31.56 Pounds

George Connors, of Washington State, tagged this big Merriam's in Stevens, Washington.

He used both a box call and mouth diaphragm on April 29, 2006, to finish the deal.

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4 | Gould's, 29.3750 Pounds

Scott J. Crofcheck, of Pennsylvania, killed this Gould's down in Old Mexico on April 20, 2002.

He used a slate call to lure the big bird in.

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Osceola, 27 Pounds

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5 | Osceola, 27 Pounds

Osceolas are long-legged turkeys of the Florida swamps and pastures.

Rosita Morris killed this big one in Polk, Florida, her home state. A box call did the job.

What do all five heavyweight gobblers have in common? They were all taken in the month of April, and with a firearm.

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Editor's note: This post was first published Feb. 27, 2017.

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