Here are some quick tips on how to age a turkey by its spurs from the masters at Cabela's.
Wouldn't it be nice to know what age bracket that turkey falls into after you finish the hunt. Think of how it will enrich your hunting story and memory if you know just a little more about your quarry.
The pros at Cabela's take a minute to show how easy it is to determine the general age of that bird.
There you have it, a quick spur measurement and you can guess the age of that bird.
Aging a bird can play an important role in understanding your hunting area. By knowing the bird's general age you will know if on average you are bagging more mature birds or more junior toms; which will help you understand the general health of the population.
Ideally you are taking the older toms that are near the end of their life-cycle and leaving the more junior guys to breed with the hens as they have a few more years to live.
Take a minute to age your bird after the initial excitement of the harvest and have a better understanding of the game you love to hunt.