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Old 04-15-2010, 07:47 AM
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Default What species is this?

I was wondering if you could help me out. I called this one in for my dad this morning and it almost seems to me that this is a merriams turkey. I hunt in WI. Is this a merriams or an eastern with really light colored tips? Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:35 AM
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Eastern with very light color phase. I've seen this even whiter in Ontario and my guess is that it comes from High bread transplant back years ago...
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:39 AM
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Does make it look like a Rio tho!

The inner buff color on the inner ring of feathers!

But one can run into a few oddities!

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:37 AM
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Nice Bird no matter if its a chicken cross...)
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:59 AM
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Looks eastern to me. Nice bird.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:18 PM
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I think it looks like a Rio.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:37 PM
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It does resemble a Rio, but the base of the tail on a Rio is more buff colored. Plus, if this bird was killed in Wisconsin, it's not a Rio. I have killed a couple of buffed colored Easterns, but not quite like this one.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:52 PM
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Yeah this bird never gobbled once and we saw him for literally 30 seconds before my dad shot. And this was the reddest i have ever seen a turkies head, it was almost a reddish-orange when it was sneaking up behind pretty boy. My dad didn't let him get that far tho haha
He weighed in at 25lbs, 1 5/8 spurs, and 11 inch beard.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:51 PM
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Eastern with some lighter tips.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:39 PM
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I've never seen an eastern with tips even close to that light...I would say a Rio or a Merriams....But it would be odd to say it's a rio, however....HMMMM......
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