25 Top Scoring Birds in Wild Turkey Records
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Here are 25 of the biggest birds on file.
Heaviest Bird — All Subspecies
Jacob Braught from Lebanon, Ore., took a Rio Grande in Oregon in 2002 that weighed 37.125 pounds.
(tie) Kyle Nook from New Market, Iowa, took an Eastern in Iowa in 2001 and Larry Griffin from Clackamas, Ore., took a Rio Grande in Oregon in 2001. Each bird weighed 35.8125 pounds.
Karl Evanow from Crescent City, Calif., took a Rio Grande in Oregon in 2005 that weighed 35.75 pounds.
Scott Cernohous from River Falls, Wis., took an Eastern in Wisconsin in 2003 that weighed 34.5 pounds.
Longest Beard — All Subspecies
Cody May from New Boston, Texas, took an Eastern in Texas in 2007 that had a 22.5-inch beard.
Charles Allison from Cordova, Tenn., took an Eastern in Tenn., in 2009 that had a 20-inch beard.
Robin Shiver from Mayo, Fla., took an Osceola in Florida in 2008 that had a 19.125-inch beard.
Robert M. Tremblay from Rollins Fork, Va., took an Eastern in Virginia in 1998 that had an 18.125-inch beard.
Cameron Richardson from Carthage, Mo., took an Eastern in Missouri in 2011 that had a 17.9375-inch beard.
Longest Spur — All Subspecies
Connie Bender from Gentryville, Ind., took an Ocellated in Campeche, Mexico, in 2007 that had spurs that were 2.3125-inches long.
(tie) Frank Lamberti from Granite Springs, N.Y., and Michael Pauley from Fincastle, Va., took Ocellated turkeys in Campeche, Mexico in 2003 and 2010. James E. Lewis from Lexington, Ky., took an Ocellated in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1997 and an Eastern in Kentucky in 2000. All birds had spurs that were 2.25-inches long.
Measured longest spur on each bird.
Best Overall Score — Typical Birds, All Subspecies
James E. Lewis fom Lexington, Ky., took an Eastern in Kentucky in 2000 that scored 104.8125.
Perry Peterson from Manchester, Iowa, took an Eastern in Iowa in 2010 that scored 94.4062.
Bill Farley from Kirksville, Mo., took an Eastern in Missouri in 1997 that scored 94.
Bill Winn from Ottumwa, Iowa, took an Eastern in Iowa in 2003 that scored 93.25.
Cody May from New Boston, Texas, took an Eastern in Texas, in 2007 that scored 92.5.
Best Overall Score — Non Typical Birds, All Subspecies
Travis Roth from St. Mary, Mo., took an Eastern in Missouri in 2010 that scored 199.9.
James Hunter Casteel from Elizabethton, Ky., took an Eastern in Kentucky in 2012 that scored 196.125.
Joseph Fuller from Willow Spring, N.C., took an Eastern in North Carolina in 2008 that scored 195.5
John E. Fryatt from Waukesha, Wis., took an Eastern in Wisconsin in 1989 that scored a 194.
Steven D. Bock from Milwaukee, Wis., took an Eastern in Wisconsin in 1995 that scored a 193.75.