He’s King of the Mountain. Known for his living in large flocks and eagerly responding to a call, the Merriam’s is a bucket list for die-hard turkey hunters. It’s a heart-stopping sight to behold his buff white tailfan rise above the crest of a ridge, approaching your setup amidst the dark backdrop of ponderosa pines on a mountainside. Accustomed to spring snow, howling wind and steeper elevations, the Merriam’s thrives in the American West, from the Rocky Mountains to the Bad Lands of the Dakotas and the farm fields of Nebraska.
Tailfan: Bright, snow-white tips on tailfeathers and buff white covert feathers
Wing Feathers: Light, with white predominating the feather barring
Breast Feathers: Tipped in black and exhibiting blue, purple, and bronze reflections
Spurs: Often short and rounded as they are worn by the steep, rocky terrain that Merriam's call home
Beard: Often thin, wispy and short due to rugged mountain terrain and harsh weather
Gobble: 1 out of 5 in strength, with a higher pitch than the other GrandSlam subspecies
In agricultural areas, Merriam’s tend to winter in large, vocal flocks concentrated around food sources like corn fields or cattle feeding areas. In the Rocky mountains, they inhabit the same ponderosa pines as elk, with elevations ranging from 3,500 to 10,000 feet. Merriam's concentrate in limited roost trees with sometimes a single tree holding dozens of birds.
After flydown, Merriam’s can travel rapidly and cover great distances over the ponderosa pine peppered mountainsides. Calling is extremely effective, and bad weather doesn't affect their activity as much as other subspecies. Merriam’s gobblers have been known to respond to a call from mind blowing distances. His gobble may not travel far, but his legs will.
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