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Author Topic: It is the spur that counts!  (Read 561 times)

Offline Flintlock1776

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It is the spur that counts!
« on: March 10, 2016, 07:06:40 PM »
Spurs  are the key to age a Tom.

Their length and shape are closely related to age. Way back in 1975, the Missouri Conservation Department developed an index for determining gobbler age according to spur length.

If your birdís spurs are Ĺ-inch or shorter with rounded tips, your bird is a jake--a one-year-old.

If the spurs are between 1/2 and 7/8 inches long and straight, with a blunt tip, youíve got a 2-year-old bird.

Slightly curved, pointed spurs between 1 and 1 1/2 inches long indicate a 2- or 3-year-old gobbler.

If the spurs are more curved, more than 1 1/2 inches long and sharp at the tips, the bird is at least 4 years old.
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Re: It is the spur that counts!
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2016, 09:16:07 PM »
Thanks for the review and reminder on this!
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Re: It is the spur that counts!
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 05:36:28 PM »
sadly, I only have one over 4 years old. maybe number 2 will be this year?
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Re: It is the spur that counts!
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 03:30:57 PM »
Good to know. Thanks!
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Re: It is the spur that counts!
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 06:08:28 PM »
Thanks for the info...
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Re: It is the spur that counts!
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2016, 08:23:06 PM »
Mine range from 1-1/8" to 1-3/8".   A buddy's first bird weighed 25 lbs, and had 1-7/8" spurs.  They were really impressive.  Don't know if he's ever gotten another bird.  He retired and moved to another town. 
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Re: It is the spur that counts!
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2016, 10:49:34 AM »
Good info thanks. I have shot a few 2 yr old birds and couple 3-4 yr olds. I just can't check them spurs when they are in full strut at 30yds!! LOL! Still good to know.
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