The Grand Slam: Rio Grande Hunt

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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.

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2 | Running and Gunning

Hunting open-country Rios usually means running and gunning.

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3 | Loudmouth

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

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4 | Texas Skyline

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

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5 | Big Shed

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

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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.

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7 | Buff Fan

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

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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.

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9 | Gobbler Down!

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

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10 | Long Legs

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

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11 | Successful Hunt

The author’s brother with a fine Texas Tom.

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12 | Hunt's End

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

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With a Florida tag filled, the next leg of a single-season Grand Slam often means heading to Texas for the wild and reckless Rio Grande gobbler