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First-Timer Breaks Ohio Record

by Brian Lovett, editor

Ohio hunter Trace Claypool scored a record bird May 3 on his first-ever
turkey hunt.

Claypool shot a hen with a 9-inch beard. After consulting with the National
Wild Turkey Federation, he learned the previous record for a hen beard in
Ohio was 8.5 inches.

About 15 percent of hens grow beards. However, they are typically thin and
rarely grow longer than 7 inches. The national record for a hen beard is 11

Claypool is getting the record-setting hen mounted.



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