The Wild Turkey: Slams, Subspecies, & Locations
YOUR GRAND SLAM BROKEN DOWN
1. Eastern Turkey
2. Rio Grande Turkey
3. Merriam’s Turkey
4. Osceola Turkey
The Osceola is the subspecies you may have to work the hardest for or even consider hiring an outfitter. Birds are on both private and public lands but get a lot of pressure because of the small geographic area. Large tracts of public land in the form of Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s) do exist with huntable populations though. For example, Green Swamp WMA is just over 50,000 acres of hardwood swamps, pine flatwoods, and cypress domes. If you’re not up to the challenge (it is a challenge but also doable) and want to make the most of your Osceola trip, outfitters with private land leases are a good bet.
Recipe adapted from NWTF.ORG
- Approximately 2 cups of pulled wild turkey breast
- ½ cup or more ranch dressing
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1 bottle Frank’s wing sauce
- ½ cup cheddar jack cheese
- Mix all ingredients into a 9×9 pan.
- Sprinkle additional cheese on top.
- Heat in the oven at 400 until the cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley and/or green onions.
- To up your dip game even more use a pellet grill on low smoke at 200 degrees for a smokey flavor.