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how do you determine a good turkey, beard, spur, or overall weight?

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  • #16
    Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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    • #17
      Really the only true way to determine how good of a gobbler you have bagged is by its spurs. A "true" wild turkey tom should weigh about 18 lbs. As far as the beard goes, it’s a far cry from a determining factor. For example is South Carolina I've two gobbles in the past that have had Beard Rot. The wildlife biologist claims it is a fungus that is a result of the tom strutting on sandbars in the creeks. Also you hear about turkeys killed with multiple beards. In Florida last year I shot a 19 lbs. 1 inch spur gobbler, that had no beard at all, not even a place for one. So in my opinion the best way to judge your bird is by the spurs. However like hunters before me have said it is really about the hunt, happy hunting.

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      • #18
        The National Wild Turkey Federation has a pretty fair method of ranking birds based on a combination of spur length, length and number of beards, and weight. I'm sure it's not perfect (nothing is) but I'm glad for a way to compare and showcase these awesome birds.

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