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Author Topic: Scoring a turkey  (Read 195 times)

Offline MichiganLouie

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Scoring a turkey
« on: March 25, 2020, 01:07:02 PM »
I know it sounds weird, but the NWTF has an online form to score your turkey. If you want to, you can register your score, and later you can see hiw it compares to other turkeys. I would post a link, but it's tough to do on a cell phone. I had never heard if scoring a turkey, so I thought I would share the info.
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 02:21:06 PM »
i shot one w/ a 12" beard and long spurs a few years back. up here 12" beard is huge. the ice and snow break off the ends. anyway, it's a simple formula. to my knowledge, B&C or P&Y don't recognize the score. it's more of a one size fits all species formula. it's fun, but not official.


FYI the birds w/ 3,4.5 beards have great scores
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 03:15:40 PM »
Besides beard and spur lengths, is there other stuff in the score?
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2020, 04:07:23 PM »
it's been a while, but I believe the weight is included. I think it was the least significant measurement of the 3 if I remember correctly
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 08:12:24 PM »
weight + beard lenght + each spur times 10 I think  so like 25 lb + 10 beard + 1 inch spurs times 10 each would = 25 +10+10+10= 55 for a score
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 12:32:35 PM »
Weigh your bird in pounds and ounces and convert ounces to decimal form. A calculator (http://www.nwtf.org/hunt/records/score) on the NWTF website can do the math for you.
Measure each spur. Spurs must be measured along the outside center, from the point at which the spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin to the tip of the spur. Add both spur measurements and multiply the combined length of the spurs by 10. This is the number of points you receive for the turkey’s spurs.
Measure the beard length. Measure from the center point of the protrusion of the skin to the tip and convert it to decimal form. Next, multiply the beard length figure by two; this is the number of points you receive for the beard length.
If you have an atypical bird (multiple beards), measure each beard, convert them to a decimal number, then add those figures together and multiply by two. This is the number of points you receive for your turkey’s beards.
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2020, 03:09:18 PM »
that sounds right. it seemed to me you were rewarded handsomely for spur and beards more so than weight. that was OK w/ me as my bird was old and only 18-19#

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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2020, 05:07:01 PM »
My biggest bird weight wise was a little over 24 lbs, but I cannot remember the lenght of the spurs or beard.. My bird with the longest beard, 11-1/2" and 1-3/4" spurs only weighed about 18 lbs. Just ran the numbers and it scored 76.25 pts.
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2020, 11:20:34 AM »
Yari that is off the NWTA website.

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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2020, 12:56:37 PM »
Thanks, Bluetoe. That bird came into a call, but took me 45 minutes before he came in range. I learned something that day. If a bird replies at your calls but won't come in, just move to  different location (if you're able to do so) and call from there.
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Re: Scoring a turkey
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2020, 01:19:45 PM »
Thanks, Bluetoe. That bird came into a call, but took me 45 minutes before he came in range. I learned something that day. If a bird replies at your calls but won't come in, just move to  different location (if you're able to do so) and call from there.
Good advise. It works but don't move too far. I had one I thought was hung so I went to him after he quit gobbling. Got to where I figured I was close enough gave a call and he answer from where I just left  --7-8-9 so I had to move again but I made sure he was staying put. I never did kill that bird!!! My buddy whacked 2 days later that Tom done the same thing to him only he only move 10yds and waited him out. Sucker had a 11 in beard  --099-780
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