Alabama hunter Justin Moore recently beat the odds fourfold.
Moore, wildlife biologist with the Whitetail Institute of North America, used archery tackle March 22 to kill this 22-pound gobbler. Moreover, he was on public land, hunting without a blind and being filmed by a friend.
That's impressive enough. However, Moore didn't realize how special his bird was until he stood over it.
"He had four spurs — double on each side," Moore said. "Both of the big ones were worn down a lot. The biggest was 1 inch, and the other was about 7/8 inch. Both were very dull. The other two spurs were about 3/8 inch."
"Double spurs are rare," said Lovett E. Williams Jr., noted turkey biologist and contributing editor for Turkey & Turkey Hunting. "My brother shot the first specimen ever recorded in 1963 in Florida, when we were hunting together. Since then, there have been around 20 cases reported. I know there must
have been others before then, but they weren't recorded. There have been reports of four triple-spurred turkeys and one turkey with four spurs on each leg."
Of course, Moore didn't know that March 22. He was just enjoying a great hunt for a unique bird.
"He was the boss on the mountain I was hunting," he said.