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Does anybody know the average life span of an Eastern Wild Turkey. Not including the hunting and predator factor.

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  • Does anybody know the average life span of an Eastern Wild Turkey. Not including the hunting and predator factor.

    Does anybody know the average life span of an Eastern Wild Turkey. Not including the hunting and predator factor.

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    Most longbeards are 2 years old. Birds over 2 are pretty scarce. Out of 58 Turkeys shot only about a dozen was 3 or over. According to the NWTF Spur length is the best way to age a bird but even that's not infallable. Most old birds have spurs over 1 long. Very old birds have long spurs with a change in coloration near the tip. I have collected only a handfull of those.

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    • #3
      they average 3 years to 4 years with out predator and hunting factors

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        If he is lucky he might make it to 3 or 4 years of age. As Del said most don't make it much past 2 years old. Spur length is the most accurate practical method to age a gobbler. A cross section of thigh bone will reveal growth rings similar to a tree. Not very practical unless you have a microscope and a bone saw.
        That said the typical 2 year old will have spurs about 3/4 to 7/8 inch and some what blunt in my neck of the woods. At three they will be slightly sharp and usually 1 to 1 1/8 inches long. At 4 years 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches is about right and the spurs will be needle sharp and typically have a pronounced hook. They can grow faster than this and if you live in rocky terrain they will wear them down pretty quickly. I have killed a bunch of turkeys over the years and I have only killed one bird with spurs over 1 1/2 inches. He was thigh bone aged at 5 years old. As Del said, I've only killed a hand full over 1 1/4

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          3 or 4 years of age!

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            3 or 4 years of age!

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              3 or 4 years of age!

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                3 or 4 years of age!

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                • #9
                  3 or 4 years of age!

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                    3 or 4 years of age!

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                      3 or 4 years of age!

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