Last Saturday on opening day of the fall turkey season I shot a nice gobbler with my bow. I’ve never shot a turkey in the fall before and noticed a few things that seemed different from your typical spring gobbler. The obvious ones were that his fan only had a few feathers of differing lengths (due to molting) and that his head looked similar to the head of a hen (probably since its fall and he’s not as exited). Another thing I noticed was that he was very light. I didn’t have a scale to weigh him since I was deer hunting and not expecting to shoot a turkey, but I weigh all my birds in the spring, and in Wisconsin the toms I’ve shot usually weigh about 23 pounds on average. Thats mostly 2 year old birds with a few older. This Tom had a very nice 11.5 inch beard and 1 and 3/8s inch spurs. However, I would guess he weighed not even 20 pounds. Is this because it is fall and the toms are smaller, or is it possible that this tom is so old that he is starting to get smaller? Also, I thought that his spurs looked very unusual as well. If you look at the picture, its almost like they maybe broke and regrew at one point. but the little extra piece at the end could also just be a random abnormality. Has anyone ever seen anything like this and possibly have an explanation? Also if anyone has any more information on how spurs grow, if you look closely its almost like they're made of layers or something. All I can find online is just the generic, "Male turkeys have spurs, at 18 months old they are less than half an inch.." blah blah blah, not really any information on what is actually biologically taking place.