What is the heaviest turkey ever recorded?

What is the heaviest turkey ever recorded?

86 lb.
In honour of American Thanksgiving yesterday, here’s a fun turkey fact. In 1989, a stag turkey named Tyson weighed 86 lb. (39.09 kg), earning it the Guinness World Record of the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey.

What is a record turkey score?

A turkey’s total score is a combination of body weight, beard length and spur lengths. Beards are composed of a clump of modified feathers that look and feel like thick, coarse hairs growing out of the center of the breast.

Is there a turkey DNA database?

For those wondering if we actually do have a DNA database, the answer is yes. There are several universities that have databases of turkey DNA from many of our wild turkey releases. So it does exist, though it’s unlikely you could use it to track a single bird in a situation like NCIS proposed.

What is considered a trophy turkey?

Any bird with a beard might be called a trophy: jake, adult tom and even a fall turkey hen wearing one. The beard is a male secondary sexual characteristic but 2 to 4 percent of hens also have beards.

What was the biggest wild turkey ever killed?

37.6 pounds
NWTF World Record for Heaviest Turkey David Cody Guess of Lyon County, Kentucky, already had a huge 28-pound bird to his credit, when he killed a much bigger bird in 2015 on his family farm. The gobbler weighed an astonishing 37.6 pounds, and is the heaviest ever recorded.

What turkey has the longest spurs?

The longest turkey spurs on record are 2.5625 inches, and they belonged to an Eastern harvested in North Carolina by Willard Dills in 2017. If you happen to take a Tom with spurs over 2.25 inches, that’ll get you into the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) current Top 10 list for longest spurs on record.

What is the Virginia state record for wild turkey?

The kill, reported by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, was 18,860. The state record was set in 2015, at 20,580. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries forest game bird project leader Gary Norman said Virginia’s wild turkey population is at record highs, with a population estimated to be as high as 195,000.

What makes a wild turkey a trophy?

Re: What’s considered a trophy bird??? anything over 21lbs, 1.25″ spurs, and 10.5″ beards are considered excellent. This is what I consider “trophy” in the mountains I hunt.

How old is a turkey with 1 inch spurs?

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

What is a good size turkey beard?

According to Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine, a 2-year-old gobbler’s beard usually measures 8 to 10 inches. When it’s 3 years old, a gobbler’s beard will have grown about 14 inches. However, few toms have beards that long because bristles wear off at the tip as the beard grows.