Pete-pec wrote:Totally agree with the last statement. The biggest bird I ever shot was 26 pounds. The beard was very thick (I'm talking 3 times thicker than a normal one) and was 11 inches, however the spurs were smaller than 3/4 inches. This bird actually grew some big spurs, but only when it came to diameter. They were very thick, but came to a small blunt point. The terrain here has some limestone, but plenty of soft soil as well. Can you take a spur and cross-cut it and count the annual rings like a fish or a tree? Could the bird I harvested have been a two year old bird? Maybe, but he must have had one of the best grasshopper diets that any one bird could have had. :rofl:
I will however make this one statement. If you shoot a bird with hooks approaching or surpassing the 1 inch mark, you can be assured that he was at least 3 years old. I however don't think that spurs at the 3/4 inch mark necessarily mean it's only a two year old bird either. I'm happy any time I shoot an adult bird, just like everyone else, and most importantly, we really don't start to take measurements until the bird has stopped flopping on the ground, and spur length, beard length and the weight of the bird are all just measurements, and a bonus to the hunt. I think we all will agree that the true measurement is the thrill of the hunt, and the agony of defeat.
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