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My biggest bird ever! & Possible State Record

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Yesterday evening I wanted to see if I could roost some birds. I brought my wife along. So at 7:15 pm we were sitting in a blown down tree glassing the fields. Soon we could see two birds heading our way. We watched them fly up to a dead pine. So this morning I was very excited. I grabbed my gun and boots and headed to the woods. Apparently I was to tired or in too much of a hurry because I soon realized I had only grabbed one boot. So I kept my brown shoes on and headed to my spot. I was set up 200 yards from where they were roosted. A rooster crowed and the turkey sounded off. He continued gobbling till 6:30. I did a flydown cackle and he triple gobbled. I was fired up! At 7:00 he flew down and headed my way. The other soon followed. It was amazing to watch them run across the field and then strut. They put on a great show but I had to end it with a #5 Remington nitro mag upside his head. He has an 11 inch beard 1 1/8 spurs and weighed 26 lbs. He is my biggest bird so far.

I was telling a taxidermy friend about my bird. He proceeded to tell me I might have a state record bird. We put information in the turkry calcuator an came up with a score of (69.875) The louisiana State Record is (54.50) My bird beat it by 15.375! I had no idea what i had. I did not have enough money to mount it, So I skint it! I have the state record turkey breast sitting in my fridge. Wonder what state record bird taste like???? Chicken???
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Big Boy
Great bird! Congratulations.
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Awesome!
Great story and awesome bird. You got my heart pumping. Going to MS Saturday to try my luck.
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great hunt
Congrats. To roost him and kill him next the morning, thats what I'm talkin' about. Way to go!!!!
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good bird
thats a awsome turkey man
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State Record?
I was telling a taxidermy friend about my bird. He proceeded to tell me I might have a state record bird. We put information in the turkry calcuator an came up with a score of (69.875) The louisiana State Record is (54.50) My bird beat it by 15.375! I had no idea what i had. I did not have enough money to mount it, So I skint it! I have the state record turkey breast sitting in my fridge. Wonder what state record bird taste like???? Chicken???
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Turkey
Congratulations on the nice bird
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Yea....
That's a nice one definitely one for the record books with 26#'s with the spurs and beard he (was) packing. Keep us posted if it does make the books.
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I can't officially score him because I chopped him up to eat! I was told you have to bring your turkey (whole) to a bioloigist to have them officially score it. I lost that chance when I skinned.
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The old timers would be proud
Just think about how good its going to taste eating a record book turkey breast!!!!
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state record
congrats on the nice bird. the way the state measures a bird for the record book is not the same as the nwtf does. even though it is a good bird it would not be a state record, the state only measures spur length. you get nothing for beard or weight. i killed one in 2004 that was a state record and now is number 2 which was beat by a bird with double spurs on each leg. mine scored 75.5 the nwtf way. great bird no matter which way you look at it. the state only uses spur length.
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26 LBS!!!!!
That ole boy has been eatin' MORE than chasing the girls. Congratulations
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Check the front page
This was such a cool story, I moved it to the front page. Check it out, and congratulations, Undertaker.
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Congrats!
Magnificent Bird! I wish you could have mounted him.

Hanoverian is mostly right. The LDWF averages the length and width of the spurs in millimeters (of all things)to calculate the record book scores for turkeys. I don't know about you but I never measure the width of the spurs.

The NWTF requires signatures on your birds measurements and for a bird like this I would send pics of the beard and spurs being measured and submit for the $10 fee. Why not? Put your name in there.

Great story. Take care,

Ed
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Gotta Wait 2 Months
Louisiana does only score the spurs but you have to wait 60 days for the drying process. He will not be the state record but I scored him and he will still make the record books. A part of me is dissapointed but I don't hunt for records, I hunt because I enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy chaseing deer, turkey, and other animals all over the woods. Hunting with good friends and occasionally picking on them (chee-wee). It is kinda cool to know you've harvested a animal worthy of the record books.
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WISH YOU WOULD HAVE ANSWERED YOUR PHONE I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEEN HIM DIE LOL GREAT KILL MAN. THAT MAKES THREE FOR US AND STILL NON ON VIDEO
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Video
Me and chris brought the video camera this morning and like always....no turkey. We could see 3 hens and a tom struting through the fog but the camera could'nt pick them up very well. The hens led him away from us but if we had not brought the video camera; he would have walked right up to the decoys.
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STATE RECORED
IF i measured my correctly he scores 74" hope the taxidermist did not skin him out yet but i do have pic of the turkey hanging from the scale would they except that? they do not open til monday hope he did not skin him yet
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State Record?
Congrats on your bird. The bird is a good bird but he's very short of a state record from the specs listed in this post. He sounds like a typical 3rd old gobbler from Louisiana. The only thing that would made this bird very unusual for LA would be the weight of 26lbs. They just don't get that big here in LA. That would be a good bird for states like Iowa or Kansas. The beard length of 11" is good but definitely not a record. And the spurs are the weakest of the traits. 1 & 1/8 inch spurs are nice, I would sure high five you in the field and tell you great job but not even close to any type of record. You would have to get over 1 & 1/2" before you start talking record or even better, double spurs. Again, congrats on the bird, but I'm not sure you have a "record" in the eyes of the state.
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Hunter007 is correct
Hunter007 is correct. Not in the running for a state record but definitley a nice 3 year old. Congrats.
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What is typical?
Guys,

In my area, a bird this size and spurs 1 1/8" are not typical 3-year old stats. 1 1/8" spurs on most of your 3-year olds may be in your area and if so, Congrats. I highly doubt any 3-year olds in Louisiana will amass 28 lbs of size in the best of conditions. There isn't much typical about this bird really.

Not to mention, he didn't even say if they were hooked or not, sharp or not, all of which would give some indication towards his age but calling his beard nad spurs a typical 3-year old is big generalization.

I think this bird is def. over 3-years old. How much? Really hard to tell.

Undertaker - how hooked and sharp were they? Please describe his spurs.

Ed
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To Ducote
My response to this post was to whether this bird was a record or not. It doesn't really matter whether Undertakers bird with an 11" beard & 1 1/8" spurs was a jake or a 5 year old, it still will not make the LA record books. The scores are based on length not age. I have killed lots of turkey from LA & MS and the average 3 yr olds that I've killed and seen have 1 & 1/8" spurs. Most of the time when the spurs start to hook means that the bird is older but I have killed three birds (that I can think of) where the spurs hooked horizontally and I believe that it was just a trait of that bird, not necessarily a result of age. Its a good bird don't get me wrong but it will not make the books.
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Spurs
Spurs were streight and kinda sharp. I know its not the record guys. I was told to use the NWTF scoreing system. Then i found out that LA only scores spurs. Not THE record but still big enough to make the books.
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Hunter007

I thought your response was very diplomatic. Undertaker, very nice bird. The weight especially, very unusual. I wonder if he was run down yet from breeding? I have killed birds at the tail end of season that were obviously a few pounds lighter than usual. So what is the state record bird's stats? Where can you find the info on record birds? How does the La scoring system work?
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Scoreing LA turkeys
If anyone is interested in the scoreing system let me know and i will e-mail you the forms the LA DW&F sent me. To check out the record books try this site:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/biggamehunts/
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