During the spring season, jakes will range from having no more than a bump for a spur to a better defined 1/2 long spur like the one shown in the photo. The 2-yr old gobbler has longer spurs (1/2 to 1) which are generally still straight and still very blunt on the ends Using Spur Length to Age a Turkey. Spur Length (in.) Less than 1/2. 1/2 to 1. 1 to 1-1/4. Over 1-1/4. Curvature. None. Straight Wild Turkey Age Determination Beards equal to or longer than 6 inches in length are found on adult turkeys and beards less than 6 inches in length are found on juvenile the spur base. The turkey in the picture is a juvenile male (jake) and has a spur that is less than ½ inch long Your 1 3/8 spurs could be from a good healthy 4 year old or 5 year old bird. There's no documented way to tell the actual age of the bird, like the waring of the teeth on deer. I had a friend you raised 2 wild gobblers from day old chicks and both of those birds lived for 11 and 12 years respectively Some say that any bird over 20 pounds is at least three years old. Others say that a 9-inch beard is a sure sign that your turkey is at least 4 years old. Still others claim that a sharp spur 3/4-inch long indicates a three-year-old bird
Step 2: Measure each spur. Spurs must be measured along the outside center, from the point at which the spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin to the tip of the spur. Add both spur measurements and multiply the combined length of the spurs by 10. This is the number of points you receive for the turkey's spurs Thinking of birds taken while hunting as a random sample of the turkey population, you very seldom see a bird that would qualify as a four year old [based on beard and spur length and weight], said Hatfield. It is hard to pinpoint an exact age for a turkey beyond four years Some say that any bird over 20 pounds is at least three years old. Others say that a 9-inch beard is a sure sign that your turkey is at least 4 years old. Still others claim that a sharp spur.. Often, as that bird struts toward us, wheels and turns, we catch a first glimpse of leg spurs on the bird. Wild turkey spurs are expected and common on male wild turkeys, though some atypical specimens are occasionally spurless. We often age a gobbler by spur length: an inch-long at two years, and less for a young gobbler
Therefore, while body size, beard and spur length are normally fairly reliable for identifying birds as juveniles, adults and mature adults, after a turkey reaches 3 years old, its exact age is. Spur length measurements help biologists keep track of the age structure of the adult population. Please accurately measure your turkey's spur before Telechecking your turkey. If you don't have a ruler, use the signature line of your permit, which is 2 inches long—with a 1-inch mark in the middle
Cabela's Pro Staffer Aaron Warbritton walks us through how to age a wild turkey. Aaron measures the spurs which are the tell-tale indicator of age. It differ.. I'm sure this has been discussed here before.....but how do you age a tom....I know the difference in a Jake and an older bird from the fan....but what about 2, 3, or 4 yr old birds?? Is it by spur length? I killed one with an 11 beard and 1 3/8 spur on one side this past weekend. I don't.. Spur Length Curvature Age 0 to 1/2 Straight 1 year or a jake 1/2 to 7/8 Straight 1 1/2 years (fall) 2 years (spring) 1' to 1 1/2 Slight Curve 2 to 3 years Over 1 1/2 Curved over 4 years How big of a turkey do I need for 20 adults
Brown or bronze tipped. Sex - Determined by foot length and presence of spur. All Males foot length. Approximately 6 inches. All Females foot length. Approximately 4 1/2 inches pronounced spur is not found on females. Beards - Measure from the base to the longest point. Beard - Immature. Less than 6 inches Spur lengths of about 0.5 inches were typical of young gobblers less than one year old. The next group of spurs was about 1.5 inches long, and probably indicates two-year-old gobblers. Spur length of two inches and over probably indicates three-year-old or older gobblers. • Image | © Roberto González, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-NC 4.0
Spring Turkey. Turkey's spur length (none, less than 1/2, 1/2 or longer, unknown) Please save a leg from your turkey. You may be asked to submit a turkey leg for DEC to age and sex the turkey. Instructions will be provided. Your harvest data is important to us and to the future of New York's game management The fact that the beard may have been altered at any time by environmental or circumstantial conditions prevents biologists from using this method as an accurate way of measuring a turkey's age. Spur length can also be used to estimate a bird's age although, like beards, spurs can also wear down
To further estimate the age of your (male) turkey, examine the spurs on the leg and the turkey's beard. Generally, 1 year-old turkeys have a spur length of 1/2 or less and a beard length of 2-5; 2 year-old turkeys have spurs between 1/2 and 7/8 and a beard between 6 and 9 in length; 3 year-old turkeys have spurs between 7/8. Spur Length = Age of Turkey. 1/2 inch or less = 1 year (jake) 1/2-7/8 inch and blunt = 2 years. 7/8-1 inch = 2+ years. 1+ inch and sharp = 3+ years. 1 ¼ + = 4 years. Beard Length = Age of Turkey. 3-5 inches = 1 year 6-9 inches with amber tip = 2 years 10+ inches = 3+ years. Rest of Article Her Hunters use the length of spurs and beards as measuring sticks for age and records. The NWTF World Record Eastern gobbler, killed by Justin Lucas of Georgia, had 1.1875-inch spurs. Those are only good for 21st in the records, but the 10 beards on his bird and overall weight, along with spur length, led to the record tenheim 1972). Spur length has been correlated with age in wild turkey gobblers (Keiser and Kozicky 1943, Kelly 1975) and ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) (Linduska 1943). Spur length was correlated more with age than either beard length or body weight in a study of known-age gobblers from Mis-souri (Kelly 1975) considered 3 years old, while birds with spur lengths over inch and a quarter are considered four plus years of age. Monitoring spur length distribution should reflect changes in gobbler age structure over time. if age structure is increasing, a higher per-centage of the gobblers harvested should be in the larger spur length categories
What is a good size turkey spur? Spur Length Curvature Age 0 to 1/2 Straight 1 year or a jake 1/2 to 7/8 Straight 1 1/2 years (fall) 2 years (spring) 1' to 1 1/2 Slight Curve 2 to 3 years Over 1 1/2 Curved over 4 year In the wild turkey, the spurs continue growing through life and become longer and sharper. Spur length is generally considered to be the most reliable characteristic in determining the age of wild males. There are also differences in spur length between the different sub-species, probably due to habitat differences Like roosters, toms also have large spurs as part of their normal turkey anatomy. Females can grow spurs, but they tend to be more rounded and less pronounced. (Turkey feet also appear distinctly pterodactyl-like, in my opinion.) Feather Features. When at rest, male and female turkey feathering appears similar spur length distribution should reflect changes in gobbler age structure over time. If age structure is increasing, a higher per-centage of gobblers harvested should be in the larger spur length categories. Spur length distributions are used to monitor the im - pact of harvest on the gobbler population and to evaluate season lengths and bag.
Harvest Date Harvest Type Harvest Method County Zone Sex Age Length Spur Length; April 11, 2018: 2018 TURKEY GAME CHECK: Modern Gun: Garland: Turkey Zone 7: Mal inches, with spur length ranging from 0.5 to 0.875 inches by the end of their sec-ond year. By the time they are 3 years old their spurs may be 0.875 to 1 inches long. Once a turkey reaches 4 years of age his spurs are usually an inch or longer. Some turkeys have been known to have spurs up to 2 inches in length. Aging Based on Beard
(3.85 in.).The mean spur length among adult gobblers (age 2 or older) taken in 2003 was 2.41 cm (0.95 inches) (Table 8). This average spur length suggests that many of the adult gobblers taken in 2003 were three years of age or older. These values are similar to averages in the past two seasons. Measurements remain fairly consistent statewide. Deer and turkey hunters must record their harvest immediately using a harvest record (paper or app) and report their harvest within 48 hours through Game Check. By using the Outdoor AL app, you can immediately record deer or turkey on your harvest record, even if there's no cell phone service. Once service is available, it will automatically. primary wing feather (Figure 4b). Beard and spur length also help differentiate adult and juvenile males. Most adult males have beards longer than 6 inches (most are at least 8 inches). During the first spring of a male turkey's life, its beard is typically only 3 to 4 inches long. Though spurs grow continuously like beards, they do not wear dow The biggest turkey I have ever killed pegged one of the old standby Zebco De-liar scales - cant remember now if they went to 26 or 28 lbs. 13 1/4 beard. Spurs were almost 7/8 long. About 25 years ago - and that turkey really made me start wondering about the accuracy of aging turkeys based upon spur length
One of which being that it was impossible to age a turkey past being a adult bird using characteristics such as spur and beard length. That in all of his years of experience that there was no set of lengths that aged a turkey correctly. He had 4 year old birds with jake beards and spurs and 2 year olds that would be state records A clear photo of the completed license tag on the turkey must be sent in as well. Photo must have the hunter's name and the date harvested on the tag clearly visible. All harvested birds will be scored and categorized based on Beard Length, Spur Length, and Overall Weight. Photos must be submitted which clearly identify these statistics If I shoot a Tom of 19-20 pounds that's a huge bird here regardless of age. Most 2 year olds are 16.5-18 pounds. It's not hard to tell a 3-4 year old Tom from a 2 year old. The older birds have much bigger heads and of course bodies. I've always mainly judged age by spur length. Here, a 1/2 inch to 3/4 stubby spur is certainly a 2 year. b) under the age of 21 and under the immediate control of a parent, guardian, or responsible adult who has in their possession a valid FOID Card. Bag Limit: One wild turkey of either sex per permit. Once you turkey hunting party, except that a person without a weapon may accompany a turkey hunter as a caller or observer There appears to be a good correlation of ocellated turkey spur length with age; the longer the spur, the older the turkey. Category: FaunaFacts, Ocellated Turkey Tags: Ocellated Turkey. Ocellated Turkey. The ocellated turkey is referred to as pavo and pavo ocelado by Central American locale, and its Mayan Indian name is ucutz il chican
Record the turkey's sex, age and take measurements of the beard and longer spur, if applicable. equal to, or greater than ½ inch. Measure the spur from the very base where it meets the leg scales to the very tip. Use a ruler or tape measure, or a dollar bill (which is six (6) inches in length) to determine if the beard is less than, equal. Turkey hunters are required to record the harvest date, weight, spur length, and beard length on provided data forms at a SOA kiosk, as well as complete the hunter observation data sheet. 7. Hunters are required to email pictures of their harvest to the managing biologist. (b) On Crow Creek SOA: 1. Waterfowl Hunting: a
That is reserved for the one attribute of a turkey which can consistently give a dependable index to a turkey's age—its spurs. If a turkey has lived long enough to boast inch-plus spurs which curve like a miniature scimitar and taper to a point which could pass for the end of a knitting needle or an awl, you have a bona fide trophy As well as the turkey weight/beard length/spur length (optional). Entries will be added to our photo album 2020 Spring Turkey Photo Contest within 48 hours of submission. Rules: Turkey photos submitted must be of turkeys harvested in 2020 on Canadian soil (honour system) To submit a youth turkey photo to be published in an upcoming edition of the Times, email the picture to email@example.com. Include the hunter's name and age, the date the bird was harvested, who the young hunter was hunting with and in what part of the county the bird was killed. beard or spur length or other interesting tidbits.
Officially 37.1250 pounds, it was killed by Jacob Braught in Linn, Ore., on April 15, 2002. In the sortable records on the NWTF web site, you can also learn that Braught's bird had one 12.3750. 7. HARVESTED TURKEYS: Hunters harvesting a turkey on Fort Riley are required to complete the turkey harvest check-out procedure on iSportsman. Information requested will include location of kill, beard length, and spur length Spur length and Turkey age. A general discussion area for turkey hunters. 19 posts • Page 1 of 1. coconut Posts: 447 Joined: February 18th, 2017, 1:39 am. Spur length and Turkey age. Post by coconut » May 26th, 2018, 2:42 pm Would most of you agree that longer spurs indicate older turkey age? If so have your harvested turkeys spurs been. The only true gauge of a gobbler's age past 3 is spur length. Beard length and characteristics are only useful for birds 1 and 2 years old
Turkey was declared a republic on October 29, 1923, when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), an army officer, founded the independent Republic of Turkey. He then served as Turkey's first. TURKEY HARVEST DATA Club Name: _____ * Measure to nearest 1/8 inch Year: _____ * Spur Length size, spur length, and feather characteristics of the ninth and tenth primaries (Pelham and Dickson 1992). We released all birds at the capture site immediately following processing. We stopped banding birds in 2009, but band recoveries continued through the 2012 hunting season. The length of the spring hunting season changed during our study **Beard and spur: Length measurements must be made with a measuring device, which is accurate to 1/16-inch. In order to standardize measurement, all measurements are to be recorded in sixteenths. Total Score: The formula for overall score is: weight (lbs. and oz.) plus 10 times the spur length (r&1) plus 2 X beard length
Spur length, weight, and beard length are all topics for bragging rights on these kings of the spring. One of the rarest characteristics that only a handful of hunters are lucky enough to collect is a multiple bearded gobbler. Although unusual and highly prized as a trophy by hunters, to a turkey, the beard is just another feather I could care less really if they are 2,3, 4 or otherwise. Don't really care about beards or spur length either though I do want to mount one and am waiting on one with a paint brush beard. Not really much of a trophy with a turkey, my best hunt ever was an ugly bird with a cork screw 7 inch beard that gobbled the whole way in and put on a show Harvest Date Harvest Type Harvest Method County Zone Sex Age Spur Length Length; April 21, 2017: TURKEY GAME CHECK: Modern Gun: Pope: Turkey Zone 6: Male: Adult April 22, 201 On young males, called jakes in turkey parlance (less than one year of age), the spur is no bigger than a rose thorn. It grows a little bit more each year, and becomes more curved, eventually reaching up to 2 inches or more Hunters love to brag about the turkey they bagged, but most have no clue ahow to determine the age of a male turkey. If spur length has reached at least one-and-a-quarter inches or more and.
by age class. LPDV testing was by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) of bone marrow samples collected in 2013 and 2015, primarily from hunter-killed turkeys. Age classes were determined from beard and spur measurements provided by hunters. Age Class Number tested LPDV Prevalence Percentage Positive (95% Confidence Interva The FWC's Wild Turkey Registry recognizes gobblers that meet certain minimum beard and spur length requirements. There's also a First Gobbler Certificate for hunters under 16 years of age at the time the turkey is harvested. 8 NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION SCORING WORKSHEET RULES 1. The turkey must be legally harvested and tagged in the state of Maine, regardless of where the hunter is from. 2. One shoulder patch and club packet is issued per turkey harvested, per year. 3. The following officials can certify the dressed weight of the turkey: Tagging station.
Harvest management, such as holding back on the harvest of jakes, can increase the number and percentage of adult gobblers. In addition, an important part of your harvest management program should include the collection of information from gobblers harvested. This data should include weight, beard length, spur length, and age class The male turkey has a beard protruding from the middle of his breast area, which is about 8 to10 inches long on the adults and 3 to 4 inches on the jakes. Multiple beards may also be present on some birds. Male turkeys usually have leg spurs that can be used to estimate age. A jake's spur is normally rounded and less than ½ inc
harvests a turkey meeting the minimum spur and beard measurements in Florida counties north and west of and, including Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Baker and Nassau counties. A First Gobbler Certificate will be awarded to any applying youth hunter (hunter less than 16 years of age on the date the turkey wa The hunt is formed around the experience and then maybe you get a long spurred bird or multiple beards to boot, but often you just have a loud mouth 2yr old. Even size is hard to tell, ive seen lots of 20lb+ 2yr olds with 10in paint brushes. I have passed birds because there was no excitement to the hunt
Spur length can vary from just a small nub on a very young bird, to more than 3/4 of an inch, including leg bone, on adult birds. Th e general rule for determin-ing a rooster's age is if the spur is less than a 3/4-inch in length, includ-ing the leg bone, the bird is young-of-the-year. If the spur is more than 3/4-inch long, including the le Sex and age of the bird (View a guide to aging and sexing wild turkeys) Turkey's spur length; Turkey's beard length; Turkey's weight; REPORT YOUR TURKEY NOW. Thank you for your support. Your harvest data are important to us and to the future of Vermont's wild turkey management Two Upstate New York turkey hunters this spring shot a pair of gobblers for the record books. total beard length times two and total spur length times 10. even a jake is a prize at my age. Call 359-6109 after a turkey is harvested with some or all of the following information: location and date of kill, number of days hunted to kill the bird, turkey's approximate age (adult or.
turkey management throughout its range (Cobb et al. 2001). Several indirect techniques, age, and stand structure, unique plant communities Beard length (cm) and spur length (cm) were also measured on each male. Birds were released at the capture site immediately after transmitter attachment. In an attempt to maintain flock size and. Hunters are required to tag their turkey upon harvest and before transporting the turkey. Attach the turkey Transportation Tag to the turkey. The tag must include the hunter's CID, date and THA of harvest. Record the sex and age of your turkey and take measurements of the beard and longer spur, if applicable Beard length (to the nearest 1/4 inch) Spur lengths (to the nearest 1/16 inch) Successful online registration will result in a confirmation email upon completion. Hunters must retain a copy of this confirmation as proof that their turkey was legally registered online by saving a digital version or printing a copy of the email
Much like black bears, turkey hunters like to quote the weight of bird when talking about big toms but the truth is, the weight is not a reliable indicator of age or maturity and thus, not a reliable indicator of trophy status. Turkeys are measured based on beard length and spur length If turkeys could smell, you'd never kill one - Bud Trenis my turkey hunting mentor & dear friend: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:33 pm: 18feathers. Poult. Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:40 p By using the Wild Turkey scoring method, you can compare toms by size, beard length, spur length, state, subspecies. Since the NWTF started keeping records in 1982, more than 12,000 birds have been registered. To get your name on the list, log on to the NWTFs website at nwtf.org A wild turkey's weight, beard length and combined spur length are used in a calculation to determine its score. Parsons' unique gobbler weighed 20.5 pounds, its beard was 9.1250 inches long.