Rio Grande Turkey Hunts
Wild Rio Grande Turkey hunts is a surprise to many that think this species is limited to Texas. Further advantages included no snakes, no cactus, cooler temperatures.
We emphasize cover reference to Rio Grande Turkeys more so than Easterns. Those who have hunted Rios elsewhere notice in our country no low lying scrub. Meaning set up, interdict patterns, calling, decoying, works better than any shock call drawing them in or run & gun techniques.
What we provide is private land servicing self guided hunts starting with recommendations to spots we have seen tracks, flocks, roosts, toms, etc. From that point onward hunters makes their hunt. Our effort at providing terrain details is to get any hunter oriented to techniques proven by many over years of season which make best hunts.
Cut wheat (above) or green wheat is a predominate dry land crop in Rio Grande country. Background wooded drainage is thicker than what is common.
Just as are our Mule Deer, Rio Grandes are regionally specific turkey not indigenous to all of MAHA land holdings. Those who study ground nesting birds know value of environmental limiting factors which geographically separates different species. It is a matter of humidity, altitude, average rainfall and timing of rains. Or, to western Kansas.
Shown below, MAHA operating region. Subsets are Rio Grande Turkey. Easterns every where else. Note an overlap.
Randy showing an Eastern and a Rio Grande Turkey from one trip he takes each year.
We have long recognized where the right environmental limiting factors exist and within that region and we have a thorough understanding of the habitat most frequently occupied. This means Association hunters will be spending their time on good land.
Another Randy who travels from the east cost all the way to western Kansas. Looks like an Eastern than Rio, from deep into Rio Grande country.
No hoping, wishing or wanting. Long before any hunter leaves home he will know exactly where he will hunt. Where he will have made lodging reservations. May purchase his licenses online. Or, over the counter once out here. All anyone has to do is simply talk to us by telephone, travel out here, when he arrives he goes straight to his reserved spot then hunts. On his own separated spots from others.
Additional options at one Association cost. Simply by traveling over to Missouri hunters may purchase two more tags to continue his fun.
That is two over counter tags in each state, four tags total, between Kansas and Missouri. Two states, two bird species, on one trip. We also have leases in Iowa giving a fifth spring tag.
Continuing advantages inclusive of one cost allows turkey hunts plus Mule or Whitetail Deer hunts as well.
Winter Rio Grande Turkey Flock
Agricultural farmland in grain fields within watersheds provides year round food source with roost trees. Rio Grande Turkey flock. This being an irrigated field is more likely to be corn or soybeans than wheat
Rio Grande Turkey roam long distance in large wild flocks. They cover far more ground than do Eastern’s. Any first setup is is best after narrowing down a roost, flydown and common travel direction. Travel direction changes as frequently as daily. This may require a change in set up from morning to afternoon that involves miles of movement. However, to hunters’ advantage it seems form years of experience Rio toms do come to call easier.
Large flock comments have drawn criticism from some who live in more well known Rio Grande Turkey states. However, members who tell how on a good day in these states they may see three turkeys. Kansas flocks have been regularly seen to number past 100. They are typically above 50 birds
Kansas wild Rio Grande Turkey is frequently around grazing animals. Deer often may be seen in and around flocks.
Our experience has shown Rios simply does not care what animal is around it deer, cattle or dog. Not until being pressured by a dog running full tilt right at them do they flush like quail. A bird dog working edge within sight of a Rio flock will get a flock’s attention. But will not push them to flight. This is much different than our Easterns where any turkey, single or flock, once flushed would fly across the valley to a far ridge completely safe by distance from pursuit.
Upland bird hunters frequently tell of seeing a Rio flock with it keeping about a 100 to 200 yard distance from hunters even with dogs running about. Bird dog owners will tell further how a flock which is heavily pressured by a surprised appearance of a dog will stand still or mill about before giving to run or flight. Such bird dog to Rio Grande Turkey encounters frequently have the dog within a flock before flight. What this tidbit brings hunters is comparatively the Rio Grande Turkey seems easier to bring into shooting range than an Eastern. Or, Rios seem to be far more forgiving of hunter mistakes.
This continues as a cattle filled pasture does not degrade any lease’s potential. That last point about cattle will serve many hunters as Rio Grande Turkey range overlaps heavily with Kansas pasture country. The point being is hunt where any Rio Grande Turkey may be scouted. Do not discount a lease due to preconceived habitat ideals.