The Grand Slam: Rio Grande Hunt


1 | Gobblin' Fool

Rio Grande gobblers are known as the most vocal and often easiest of the four subspecies to hunt. But they’re still turkeys—don’t travel to Texas expecting a pushover.

2 | Running and Gunning

Hunting open-country Rios usually means running and gunning.

3 | Loudmouth

Rios are notorious for gobbling hard at all hours of the day.

4 | Texas Skyline

The photographer and his brother do much of their hunting near Childress, Texas.

5 | Big Shed

 Sometimes turkeys aren’t the only things you’ll find in the spring woods.

6 | Loading Up

Though Texas is the most common destination for a Rio hunt, Kansas and Oklahoma both have good populations of them as well. Rios have also been successfully transplanted to parts of the Dakotas and states along the West Coast.

7 | Buff Fan

Though not as white as the Merriam’s subspecies, Rios sport buff tips on their tail fans.

8 | Shot of the Setup

When a Rio answers inside of 200 yards, you’d best find a spot to sit and get your gun ready. They often respond quickly.

9 | Gobbler Down!

 When you see that big red and white head bobbing through the mesquite at 30 yards, well, you know to do. 

10 | Long Legs

Disproportionately long legs are a dead giveaway of a Rio—they’re a good place to hang your tag, too. 

11 | Successful Hunt

The author’s brother with a fine Texas Tom.

12 | Hunt's End

See the Florida leg of the Grand Slam series by clicking here. Look for the Eastern leg next week.