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    Well i dont think i have to state the obvious. But down here on the coast the breeding is running a little late and its making for some slow hunts. All the toms ive been on are henned up bad and doing your typical gobble on the roost. They hit the ground and spend their day following hens and not saying to much else.i hunted saturday morning and got a nice bird. Saw him in a field around 7 the evening before and put him to bed. I knew he was alone so set up a ground blind and got in their around sunrise. He was the first of many gobbling on the roost, i got him fired up and then shut up. He came strutting in over 100yds and when he saw the jake decoy it was game over. He was dead at 7:07am. Weighed 18.2lbs 10 3/4in beard and 3/4in spurs.
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    What's the deal with these birds with long beards and short spurs this year. My son killed one yesterday with 7/8' spurs and 10 3/4' beard. My friend got one with 1' spurs and 11 1/2' beard. What gives?
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    Spurs reflect a birds age growing a little more each year. The beard is almost like a feather fillament from what ive read. it has a standard growth rate 3-5in per year. so really killing a 2 yr old with a beard thats 10inches is nothing odd, and im assuming some grow faster than the standard rate from ehat is being killed. the beard wears on the end as the turkey feeds. so some are shorter than others. ive killed 3-4yr old birds with pencil thin 8-9in beards and then ive killed 2yr olds with 10-12in beards thick as paint brushes. just goes to show every bird is unique.
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