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From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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So to answer the obvious first question many may have “what is a Royal Slam”. It is basically all 5 Sub-Species of wild turkeys found in N/A. They are the Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriams, Goulds, and Osceola.

I really didn’t have it in mind as an immediate goal, and have killed several Ríos and Easterns over the years. Killed a merriams a few years ago as an add-on after I killed an elk in NM. A good friend invited me on a Goulds hunt in MX last year (for this year) and of course you don’t need to twist my arm to go hunting. So I started thinking “hell, I might as well go to FL too” so I did!

So I ended up finishing it out this week in Mexico. All archery of course. I like pics, so I’ll include all the 5 species and a bunch of misc photos of turkeys, blinds, friends, etc.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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I really grew up hunting Ríos in north centeral OK with shotguns. I killed a few, and some good ones, but have gone to just archery.

This one is from Osage County, OK.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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A nice Eastern From Mo a few years ago with my good friend Bake.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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Merriams from NM. It’s a Jake, so might have upgrading this one on the mind in the next couple years. I know a guy…

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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The Osceola from the Florida South Zone this spring.

—jim

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04-May-24

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And the Goulds from the East side or Sonora Mexico almost to the Chihuahua border.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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So those are my 5. Not sure if I’ll officially register with NWTF or not. More just for me I guess more than anything.

Spring turkey hunting is fun, so I’ll share a few pics to spice up the thread a bit. Ace likes it when I bring them home, but he can’t keep it together if I reach for a bow or blow a turkey call, so he doesn’t get to sit in the blind much.

—Jim

From: RK
04-May-24
Nice job Jim !!! Great pics too

From: JohnMC
04-May-24
Awesome Jim! You need to add the oscillated next. By the way, I have a better mullet. ;)

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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Seems like an annual discussion. So I’ll weight in. I personally am a body shooter with BIG expandable heads. Middle of the middle and close range.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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This one was through the wing butt and out the thigh. Dead in 25 yards.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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Not a lot of Penetration, but dead in 5’ and blood everywhere.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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When you shoot them good the reward is turkey nuggets.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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Turkey hunting is great as a friend type hunt. Often times good action, low pressure, don’t have to be super sneaky in the blind, just good times.

This one is Mr Muche and myself in KS in our younger days! His had a few more tail feathers before the rodeo ensued! LOL

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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Florida, with my outfitter and now friend Daniel.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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My SD pack mule and all round great friend Brotsky.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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The man the myth the legend; Bake. Fun few days on public land in NE a few years ago.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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And on his home turf of MO showing me how real hunters do it…

—Jim

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04-May-24

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Texas Rio Jake several years back. I don’t remember exactly, but one of my early archery birds.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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Sometimes you don’t hit them quite where you want. This one just lost a few tail feathers.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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—Jim

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04-May-24

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—jim

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04-May-24

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I believe the best spurred bird I’ve ever killed.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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My one and only bearded hen.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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—Jim

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04-May-24

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Some blind/set-up pics.

I like my decoys 7-10 yards. Rarely ever shoot more than 10-12.

Don’t think I’ve ever killed one past 25 or so with the bow.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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—jim

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04-May-24

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—Jim

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04-May-24

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Jake doing what Jake’s do…

—Jim

From: Bowboy
04-May-24
Awesome congrats!

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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Goulds set-up. If you look above the Jake decoy you can see me.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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My view from the Goulds blind. Pretty open, tough drawing scenario

—Jim

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04-May-24

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Easy guess which species this was!

—Jim

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04-May-24

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04-May-24

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Mexico bird again.

—Jim

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04-May-24

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04-May-24

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Merriams pack out.

—Jim

From: Hawkeye
04-May-24
Great pics and congrats on the RS! Well done and I enjoyed the write up.

From: midwest
04-May-24
Congrats again buddy!

From: JTreeman
04-May-24

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I’ll wrap it up with another Oklahoma bird.

I’m not sure o would be crazy about turkey hunting if it was a fall season and cut into other stuff, but I certainly enjoy it as a spring season when there isn’t a ton of other stuff to hunt anyway.

Generally good weather, less pressure to “score”, good times with friends, what’s not to like!

—Jim

From: pav
04-May-24
Congrats on the archery Royal Slam Jim! You da man!!!

Dang, I just completed an archery bucket list driven by one of your Bowsite threads...and here you go posting another...LOL!

From: Brotsky
04-May-24
Great stuff Jim! Keep April open next year, we’ll upgrade that Jake!

From: Willieboat
04-May-24
Thanks for sharing

From: buckhammer
04-May-24
Congrats!! I always like a thread with a lot of pics.

From: t-roy
04-May-24
I feel, in at least some small way, that I had a hand you completing your Royal Slam. I’m sure my encouraging texts (and Bob’s) kept you grinding, when things got a little tough in your pursuit.

Congrats again, buddy!

From: Paul@thefort
04-May-24
I can only imagine the FUN you had accomplishing this goal. Nicely done. My best, Paul

From: midwest
04-May-24
Agree, Jim. I wouldn't walk across the street for a turkey in the fall. But come spring...I'm all in!

From: HUNT MAN
04-May-24
My hero does it again!!! Hammertime

From: Bake
04-May-24
Congrats again Jim. Proud to have been on a few of these hunts. Missed this year but hopefully next year we’ll make up for it

From: bigeasygator
04-May-24
My hero. Congrats bud! Need to get out chasing those thunder chickens with you soon!

From: DConcrete
04-May-24
That’s pretty cool stuff. Big time Congrats Jim

From: Jaquomo
04-May-24
Jim, that's awesome! Adding to the Legend of the Mullet!! Congrats!.

04-May-24
A regular turkey bow master ! ;) congrats man!

From: Bou'bound
04-May-24
Beautifully done Jim

From: Medicinemann
05-May-24
Well done! As previously mentioned, any desire to chase an oscellated bird further south in Mexico? They don't have a beard, sing more than gobble, but can have 2+" spurs and the corals in their fans almost look like they are peacock hybrid......lol

From: BULELK1
05-May-24
Very kool Jim------>

Congrats man,

Robb

From: Mad Trapper
05-May-24
Congrats Jim!!! When are we going for an ocellated?

From: huntinelk
05-May-24
Putting the Royal in Royal Slam. Congratulations on a great accomplishment.

05-May-24
Awesome! I’ve been working on my first leg of the RS. So far, no luck but I’ll be out Monday. Congrats.

PS: Lots of Turkey targets at TAC this year.

From: Scoot
05-May-24
Pretty darn awesome Jim!

From: JTreeman
05-May-24

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Charlie- I got this one at TAC OK at like 82 yards steep uphill. Not sure the species, maybe Foamilated?

MadTrapper- we can talk about it in a couple weeks.

—Jim

05-May-24
Awesome man congratulations

From: bghunter
05-May-24
Congratulations. I like the photos too.

From: Oryx35
05-May-24
Congrats! They aren't archery kills, but I've got 3 of the 5. Can I ask which Osceola outfitter you used?

From: drycreek
05-May-24
All turkeys are pretty birds, but that Goulds is special ! Congrats on your slam JT !

From: Lewis
05-May-24
Congrats on a great accomplishment and thanks for sharing your journey Lewis

From: Lewis
05-May-24
Btw which blind is that you’re using inquiring minds would like to know lol Lewis

From: Bowfreak
05-May-24
I agree drycreek. That Goulds is spectacular.

Congrats and the RS Jim. Thanks for sharing the cool pics.

05-May-24
Congrats brother. You earned it!!!!

I friggin’ love it!!!!!

From: bowhunt
05-May-24
Thanks for sharing

Looks like lots of fun and good memories made!

From: sticksender
05-May-24
Excellent, congrats. Nice bunch of pics.

From: Supernaut
05-May-24
Great thread and pics Jim.

Congrats on the beautiful birds and thanks for sharing with us!

05-May-24
Grats Jim. That’s cool.

05-May-24
Finally got to have me some Jimmy time. Congrats on your bird and finishing the royal!!

05-May-24
But he stirred up some damn bees

From: Shug
06-May-24
Wow Jim… all I can say is wow

From: VAMtns
06-May-24
WTG Thanks for posting

From: scentman
06-May-24
Very nice thread, thanks for sharing. scentman

From: njbuck
06-May-24
Congrats again bud, another great accomplishment. Now get to work!!!

From: PushCoArcher
06-May-24
I wanna be like you when I grow up Jim. Congratulations man that's amazing.

From: Beav
06-May-24
Congratulations!!! Lots of great times in the making of this thread I’m sure!

From: elkmtngear
06-May-24
Nice work, Jim...Great photos!

From: iceman
06-May-24
Congrats again, brosef

From: Beav
06-May-24
Congratulations!!! Lots of great times in the making of this thread I’m sure!

From: LWood
07-May-24
Congrats, Jim.

From: otcWill
07-May-24
Good stuff Jim!

I did have a chuckle about the "Royal Slam" ;)

From: APauls
07-May-24
Smells like great memories!!! Congrats!!! Great pics.

From: Zackman
07-May-24
Once again, I want to be Treeman. Except with even more hair!

From: JTreeman
08-May-24
Thanks guys. Appreciate all the replies. Lots of fun on that list. Hopefully a few more archery turkeys in the future for me.

—Jim

From: Nick Muche
09-May-24
This is great man, nice work!!! That picture of us was 4-5 hairstyles ago for you :)

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