Wild Turkey Beard Length Records for Each Subspecies
Yes, Texas is known for Rio Grande gobblers, but Eastern wild turkeys live there too.
I kid you not about the length you just saw posted here.
How this record-book bird managed to drag that long beard around without it breaking off (or wearing it thin) is anyone's guess.
Cody May killed this Texas Eastern wild turkey gobbler on April 6, 2007.
Yep, its rope measured 22.5 inches long.
Heck, that's a big bass most anywhere. A box and slate call pulled the gobbler in.
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Hunter Robin Shiver killed this Osceola using several turkey calls as well.
A slate and mouth diaphragm lured the bird into range and the record books.
The gobbler was killed on March 22, 2008. Its rope measured 19.125 inches long.
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Yep, Oklahoma is surely Rio Grande country.
And Joe Mullican killed this one with the 15.375-inch record beard length for this subspecies on April 7, 2001.
A mouth diaphragm fooled it into range.
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Clyde Neely, a Texas resident, travelled south of the border and took this record-book Gould's on April 10, 2006, using a box and slate call.
14.0625 inches is a long turkey beard anywhere.
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Another mouth diaphragm did this one in, too.
On April 20, 2002, hunter Gerald Allen, a non-resident hunter from Iowa, pulled the trigger on this Merriam's with the 13.875-inch beard.
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(Stick-number photos © Bill Konway)
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