I call this bird my "Cavebird" because of the cave in the canyon area he hung out in. I'd hunted him for several days in the canyons, hills and valleys surrounding the cave. On the morning I shot him, I had lost track of him and I decided to head back to the cave area. When he first answered my call his gobble echoed off the canyon walls so much I had no idea which direction he was. He came right in to a push-pin call. He was a 2-year old with 3/4 inch spurs and a 8-1/2 inch beard. Not special by those standards but the memory of the hunt he gave me is a trophy to me.
I harvested this banded Merriams in the spring of 2003 in South Dakota. I was so excited when I walked up to my bird that I immediately got my camera and took this picture by myself with the timer on the camera. I couldn't believe anyone even banded turkeys. There was a study being done by a graduate student in BrookingSD. The 2-year-old was banded as a jake and only traveled four miles from the banding point.
Click on the picture and you can see the band much better.