You’ve been dreaming about it since the day you called in your first gobbler. It’s called the Grand Slam, an honor bestowed upon turkey hunters who take all four sub-species of the wild turkey. For you, though, it’s not about pulling the trigger four times and claiming a prize.
It’s an excuse to travel the country, see new places, meet new people and test your skills against one of the most challenging game animals in the world. What are you waiting for?
Here are ten places to include on an epic Grand Slam road trip this spring:
<h2>Florida Osceola</h2>There’s only one state where you can check off your Osceola, but Florida not only has an abundance of these unique birds, they have ample public opportunities. Osceolas inhabit nearly all of the state except the Panhandle and the southern tip. <p></p> However, urban sprawl is pushing the birds into smaller areas. Much of the private land is off-limits to strangers who aren’t using a guide or to those who don’t lease, but tens of thousands of acres of public land offer a good shot at a bird. Some areas are draw-only; others are open to anyone. <p></p> Big Cypress WMA covers more than 728,000 acres; Green Swamp WMA is over 50,000 acres; and Three Lakes WMA is more than 63,000 acres. Once you punch your tag, you can chase largemouth bass in any of the state’s countless lakes. <p></p> <strong>Population:</strong> 9<br /> <strong>Public Land:</strong> 8<br /> <strong>Harvest:</strong> 20,000 (both species)<br /> <strong>Season:</strong> March 7-April 26, depending on region and WMA <p></p> Photo courtesy of NWTF.