Spur length ?

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Spur length ?

Postby Pressured Gobblers » December 28th, 2008, 8:22 am

Just curious what you guys would say the age is on a eastern gobbler with 7/8th inch sharp slightly curved spurs is???
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RE: Spur length ?

Postby wisturkeyhunter » December 28th, 2008, 9:00 am

2 yrs

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RE: Spur length ?

Postby zipperman351 » December 28th, 2008, 9:06 am

Dido thats the way I look at it...zipperman

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RE: Spur length ?

Postby Gobblerman » December 28th, 2008, 1:49 pm

The 7/8" length tells me two-year-old, but the sharp and slightly curved tells me it's an older bird with a genetic predisposition to short spur length.  My guess would be a three-year-old, but I wouldn't bet my life on it either way. 
 
I can tell you, as a matter of fact, that with our Merriams here in New Mexico, it is not unusual for a bird that is three or more years old to have spurs like the ones described.  Here, a two-year old bird will have spurs in the 3/4" range, and they will never be sharp, always rounded.
 
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RE: Spur length ?

Postby Pressured Gobblers » December 28th, 2008, 2:22 pm

I might add also that this bird came from the appilation mountain range...
 
I honestly believe this bird to be a 3 year old Gobbler...
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RE: Spur length ?

Postby Turkeybuster » December 28th, 2008, 3:58 pm

HI PRESSURED GOBBLERS
 
I beleive this bird would be three year's old or maybe starting into its fourth year.
Comeing from the Appalacian Mountain Range where I do most of my hunting these
birds are exposed to a lot of rocky terrain which is hard on spurs.
Spurs in this area usually don't start to point or curve until their third year and limb
hangers are hard to find.
 
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RE: Spur length ?

Postby wordbird » December 28th, 2008, 5:15 pm

As stated in the other replies, that is a tough call. Genetics play a part as well as the terrain. Length says two but being sharp and curved says three. As the Primos guys say, he's as old now as he's gonna get.
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RE: Spur length ?

Postby JPH » December 29th, 2008, 3:07 am

I'm going to say 3 yrs. He's pretty close to 1" and having a point and a slight hook seperates him from the 2 yr. olds, IMO.

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RE: Spur length ?

Postby Pressured Gobblers » December 29th, 2008, 4:14 am

  I've killed a few 2 year olds that you know are 2 year olds. With 3/4" slightly blunt spurs... But I've also killed a few with  7/8th - 1" length that are kinda pointed and are slightly curved... Naturally I would want to believe they were 3 year olds[:D]
 
 
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RE: Spur length ?

Postby bluebeard » December 29th, 2008, 6:56 am

i shot a 24 pounder with 10 1/2'' beard and 1'' curved blunt spurs, the area has sandy clay soil no rocks what do think he would age?
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