18javelin wrote:All My birds are easterns up here in southern indiana its rocky, sandy, muddy, wet, dry, and cold and hot all at the same time... But we still get the occasional 1-1/2" spurs. The Spur is the real teller of age for long beards and keepsake IMO, they get broke and wore down but when you find a Old tom 5-6 years old they will usually have the Hooks.
I see alot of guys say OHHH this bird was old you could tell, i ask to see the spurs or a pic and they are 1" . I try to tell them that is how you age a bird not by weight or length of beard. The 2-3 year olds are usually the fun ones come running in, the older birds i have found you need to scout and are set in their ways, usually meaning the hens come to them everytime.
The older ones a definitely more challenging and fun. For my bird we chased him probably 300 yards through the woods sneaking gobble calling. We finally caught up I crawled up to a tree that blew over and hid behind the roots. Looked through a little hole and as soon as he turned popped up and took aim. I was drawing circles around him our friend said. There were two of them I waited for the smaller bird to walk off. I did a yelp he popped his head up BOOM. Crippled him. When I get him back from the taxidermist I will post a pic what pose would you guys choose to show off spurs and beard? I was going to go with half strut but it's still up in the air.
Forgot to say that bird was starting to double spur if you see that little elevated spot to the right of the spur.
Leakey that sounds good I'm going to try it with this meat in the freezer.