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I'm familiar with the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle. Is there any other legal way to harvest a Gould's Turkey in Arizona? Thanks, Greg
 

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Yikes, a guy would probably have better odds at winning the Super Raffle than drawing one of two tags.
 

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I believe that the ammount of tags is increasing, however you will still be more apt to draw the super raffle, then the tag. Or I believe that the NWTF, has one or 2 tag to auction off also. The game and fish along with the NWTF are currently transplanting goulds throughout southern AZ. I bet it wont be to long before the populations are up in the other places enough to hunt them.
 
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About two weeks ago we took 40 out of the Huachuca's and transplanted them a little further north of us, we did likewise last year. Once all the trap and release is done, maybe in the next couple of years you should be seeing some increase in tags for 35a. The last two time we had a GT at Parker we had turkey going through our camp. Two tags were issued for 35a and I believe Fort Huachuca issued 4, with two being reserved for active duty military.

If any of you guys draw a Gould's tag let me know if'n you need some help.
 

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Since I'm not your typical turkey hunting enthusiast, I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference.

What's the best way to identify the difference between a Merriam's and Gould's turkey?

Anyone have a picture of both species so we could do a side-by-side comparison?

Great picture Chief. Thanks for sharing.
 

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well the best way to tell is that the gould's is taller and the color on there tails i have photos i'll have to post on here i have been a big part of the NWTF for 7 years now and have watched the goulds go from no hunting to now there are tags :D its awesome to see these birds getting hunted again in the USA now you can get a SLAM here in the good o'l USA the NWTF gets two tags to do what the wish with one goes to the Nat'l conv and the other gets raffled off I.E. super raffle. and from what i hear yes there is going to be another one. this year hope this helps
 
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Have never hunted a wild turkey in my life, but have drank some Wild Turkey. However, once on a deer hunt in West Va I killed one that was apparently suicidal, he walked to about 10 feet of me and that he were he died. At that time you got two deer tags and two turkey tags when you bought your non-resident hunting license.
I was involved in the original transplant from Mexico into Arizona, we kept the birds isolated at Ft Huachuca for a period of time prior to realease into the Huachuca's. They have thrived and now we are transplanting them all throughout the southern mountain ranges. We have a two day population count coming up shortly which I will probably help with. Merriams closely resemble the Goulds. Best way to distinguish between the two - Goulds are the largest breed in North America, have longer legs, larger feet and larger center tail and white tips on the tail feathers. The way I tell the difference is that if I'm in the southern part of the state it a Goulds :)
 
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So should we ask them to show us their feet before we start blasting away?......:D
But of course! No self-respecting turkey hunter would ever shoot a turkey without first checking foot size. As an experienced outdoorsman I would have thought you were well aware of that. Shame on you.
 

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Chief,

Please check your PM's. I sent you one regarding the Gould's Turkey hunt. I lucked out & drew one of the tags. I saw a few birds this last weekend. I am pumped.

Mark
 

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:welcome: to the forum Mark. Hope to see you here often.

Any relation to Dave Sipe of Tucson?
 

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And I thought I got lucky drawing both elk and antelope in the same year. Drawing one of those Goulds tags is a pretty specatular event. And I'm sure for the right price Chief will take you right to them. Of course its probably going to cost you dearly in BS given and taken while sitting around a camp fire, several hours of relaxation, some story telling, And maybe a bottle of a choice adult beverage..LOL>.. But I'm sure Chief will bill you appropriately..LOL>. :lol: :welcome: Oh and welcome aboard.



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Well Mark, if you're half the person/hunter/archer that your brother is, I can't wait to meet you. So, are you a coues fanatic too? LOL.

I thinks it's awesome that you drew a Goulds tag. Wow, I wonder what the odds were? Incredibly lucky, you are.

Oh yeah, and having never won any beauty pageants myself, I don't doubt that you're better looking than either Dave, or myself.

Again... please stop by often. We have a great community here.
 
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Got your PM and I'll be more than happy to help you out. Are you nearby or are you one of them big city boys? I'll answer your PM with a PM, no use making all them other turkey hunters jealous.
 

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Everyone - Thanks for the warm welcome.

AZ Thunder - My oldest brother Dave has been my mentor my whole life. When I was 14, Dave gave up the opening two days of his Whitetail hunt to take me on my Mule Deer hunt, in which I was able to take my first ever big game animal. At age 18, Dave introduced me to archery hunting, and what an adventure it has been. Dave is still my main bow mechanic and helps me out all the time, and I'm 41 years old now. You are right, he is an awesome person/hunter/archer. I'm lucky to have drawn a Gould's tag, but I'm way more lucky to have been blessed with a brother like Dave. Thanks Bro.

Chief - Thanks for the offer to help. I'm not sure where you are, so I'm not sure if I'm nearby. I was born a small town boy and stayed until I have become a big city boy. Well, I haven't changed, but Tucson sure has and not to my liking. I'm looking forward to meeting and chatting with you.

Thanks again,

Mark
 
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