ageing gobblers?

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting General' started by Bowkil, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Bowkil

    Bowkil New Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Ozark Plateau
    i bought a dvd and this guy shot a big tom, he picked him up and said "hes 3 years old." then on another hunt that guy picked up his bird and said "hes 2 years." how do you age them? their spurs or something?
     
  2. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    The spur length or on the Jakes the tail feathers are not all the same size
     

  3. Gamegetter

    Gamegetter Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Spurs, help give you an educated guess, but not an exact science.
     
  4. Bowkil

    Bowkil New Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Ozark Plateau
    so like a 3 year old gobbler has inch spurs?
     
  5. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    Spurs grow around one quarter of an inch per year....according to what I've read in NWTF literature, and other sources....
     
  6. buckbuster14

    buckbuster14 New Member

    Feb 8, 2006
    Moberly, Missouri
    So do turkeys down size like some deer do?
     
  7. Gamegetter

    Gamegetter Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    They can break off, not sure about the down sizing. If I remember right, it went something along the lines of... nub to 1/2 an inch (and notched feathers, short beard) = jake (one yr. old). @5/8" - @3/4" = 2 yr. old. @7/8" - 1 1/8" = 3 yr. old. More than 1 1/4" plus = grand daddy. 1 1/2" plus = Freakin old.
     
  8. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    Don't know if the spurs do but sometimes the beards do.
     
  9. Bowkil

    Bowkil New Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Ozark Plateau
    cool!!!
    i cant wait til monday!
    :wink4:
     
  10. JackJr

    JackJr New Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    Land Of BLAHS
    Beards can suffer damage form bitterly cold winters and spurs can be rubbed down or broken off. Basically you shoot a turkey with 1 1/2" spurs he's getting up there and he he was pretty smart too. The weight of a bird doesn't say a whole lot about that bird at all. Big Toms that breed heavily can lose quite a bit of weight during the rut if they devote all their time to breeding and little time for feeding.

    Jack
     
  11. BIG OL AL

    BIG OL AL New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    High Ridge MO