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Is a 9 inch beard big for a turkey?

On adult gobblers (called toms), the beard can be 7-9 inches or more in length, but on young gobblers (called jakes) the beard is <6 inches long.

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How old is a 10 inch beard turkey?

Three-year-old

The majority of these young gobblers will sport somewhat blunt spurs less than an inch long and beards around 9 inches. Three-year-old birds typically have a beard around 10 inches long and pointed spurs of an inch or more.

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How can you tell how old a turkey is by its beard?

In terms of beards, the general rule of thumb is the longer the beard, the older the bird. But, while a jake (juvenile) will not have a 10-inch beard, a four-year-old turkey may have a short beard due to any number of conditions.

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How old is a turkey with a 7 inch beard?

Beard Length

Beards begin growing when turkeys are about 5 months old, and keep growing 4 to 5 inches annually. 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.

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How can you tell how old a turkey is?

Gobblers with spurs one-half inch or less are juveniles, 5/8 inch up to 1 inch are 2-year-olds, 1 to 1 3/8 inches are 3-year-olds and birds with spurs greater than 1 3/8 inches are older than three years. Gobblers with longer spurs (1½ to 2 inches) probably range in age from 5 to 8 or more years.

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What size beard is a trophy turkey?

The Wild Turkey Registry is a database maintained by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission of Osceola and Eastern wild turkeys that reach trophy proportions. To qualify, the beard must be 11 inches or longer, and each leg spur must meet or exceed 1.25 inches.

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Can you tell how old a turkey is?

Gobblers with spurs one-half inch or less are juveniles, 5/8 inch up to 1 inch are 2-year-olds, 1 to 1 3/8 inches are 3-year-olds and birds with spurs greater than 1 3/8 inches are older than three years. Gobblers with longer spurs (1½ to 2 inches) probably range in age from 5 to 8 or more years.

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How long does a beard need to be on a turkey?

8–10 inches long

The beards average 8–10 inches long, making them legal to shoot in the spring. Most immature one-year old toms, called “jakes” have a short, stubby beard that average a 2–4 inches long, making them legal game.

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How can I tell how old my turkey is?

Gobblers with spurs one-half inch or less are juveniles, 5/8 inch up to 1 inch are 2-year-olds, 1 to 1 3/8 inches are 3-year-olds and birds with spurs greater than 1 3/8 inches are older than three years. Gobblers with longer spurs (1½ to 2 inches) probably range in age from 5 to 8 or more years.

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How long does a turkey beard grow each year?

Beards grow throughout a turkey's life, growing an average of 3 to 5 inches a year. By their second year, the tips of the bristles start to wear off. The bristles of a turkey's beard normally are strong and black in color as a result of melanin, a pigment produced by the pituitary gland.

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