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What would you consider a trophy turkey? (beard length and spur length)

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  • CD2
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    Ive killed turkeys and deer, enough that method doesn't dictate trophy status.
    Difficulty can factor in, but beating a low general success rate alone doesn't
    qualify it.

    I hunt a hell hole, massive public pressure. A jake there is still a jake and I won't shoot one no matter how frustrated.

    Am content to go home empty handed.
    Mature tom there, while an accomplishment, still won't be a trophy unless he's a 2nd yr tom.
    Which means proly 24#

    See what happens this April.

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  • The dick
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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

    Any legal bird in hand is a "trophy"! LOL!
    Took a 13# jake that ate like a 3# fryer!
    Absolutely, a bird is a bird, and with a 30% Hunter success rate here, any legal bird in hand I do consider a trophy

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by The dick View Post
    My 1st year getting into turkey hunting, I shot 1 with a 10.5" beard with the Beretta. The past 2 springs I shot 1 each year for the past 2 years with 3" - 4" beards with a bow, in Michigan, where the DNR claims a 30% Hunter success rate. All 3 birds, trophies
    Any legal bird in hand is a "trophy"! LOL!
    Took a 13# jake that ate like a 3# fryer!

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  • The dick
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    My 1st year getting into turkey hunting, I shot 1 with a 10.5" beard with the Beretta. The past 2 springs I shot 1 each year for the past 2 years with 3" - 4" beards with a bow, in Michigan, where the DNR claims a 30% Hunter success rate. All 3 birds, trophies

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by CD2 View Post
    Not a bad topic either w fall turkey seasons
    No, actually it isn't.

    The NWTF keeps records. Check out their website for records and forms for submitting your bird.

    My records are:
    23 pounds
    12 inch beard
    2 beards
    1.25 inch spurs
    ...and 1 bearded hen.

    For a long time, the heaviest bird taken was a 36 pound Rio!

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  • CD2
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    Not a bad topic either w fall turkey seasons

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  • CD2
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    Hard to knock a bot when 10% of forum movement is generated by a couple auto posts LOL.

    This site aint exactly bubbling w participation across varied topics.

    TDS rules the " other ".

    A friggin turkey thread gets bumped to active by some far eastern bot. Where the hell is your thanksgiving spirit?

    Am not gonna call fowl on an eastern bots turkey thread post.....not gonna cry cultural appropriation

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

    How do you know ?
    jimbo, look at post #2 and post #14 on page one.

    Same words, same little "i".

    DARKIYAT is a "bot".
    Probably "admin" trying to stir up activity or an attempt to hijack the sight by those best Bangladesh "Packers & Movers".

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
    jimbo, cd2, you guys DO realize this ten year old thread was brought forward by a troll, don't you?
    How do you know ?

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  • FirstBubba
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    jimbo, cd2, you guys DO realize this ten year old thread was brought forward by a troll, don't you?

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  • CD2
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    Im no turkey hunter, but know how to hunt em, killed a few.

    Can hunt them 10 mins from my house. But bud and I drive 3 hrs one way to a tick infested public land hell hole.

    Because killing a tom there makes it a trophy.

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  • jhjimbo
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    I call a trophy the one I can get.

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  • CD2
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    On my old deer spot i killed several toms. All 21-21.5# and 10.5" beard. Guided a coworker for his first.....another 21.5 and 10.5". Seen one monster up there though.

    Killed a 24# close to home. Majority of beard was 12.5". But four of the hairs went 13.5". I call him a 12.5 since that the majority. Spurs were 21 and 22 iirc.
    ​​​​​​
    I know of guys killing 27# birds w spurs 27mm.

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  • DARKIYAT
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    Originally posted by shane View Post
    Most would say a ten inch beard and spurs over one inch is a trophy. auto clicker word unscrambler jumble solver Some would say one bigger than the last one is a trophy. I would say any mature bird taken in a memorable hunt is a trophy.

    If I have 2 toms in range, and one has a shorter beard but looks bigger and heavier, I'll shoot him.

    Whatever tom came in front of me while i had a shotgun and a tag.
    Last edited by DARKIYAT; 09-25-2019, 08:56 PM.

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  • Jessie Armstrong
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    I go for beard length when picking my bird. Two years ago I had 4 toms coming into my deke (bought it with gift cards right before gander closed) that I was using for the first time. I said to my self, first bird in range gets it. The more eyes the harder it is. First thing I also check is the tail. I love a nice looking tail that will fan out nice.

    The story of the hunt is the real trophy though. My first fall bird was a super jake, and it is still a trophy to me. The circumstances and being my first fall bird (archery only here) makes it a trophy.

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