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I went down to Indiana for thier opener and took this nice Bird. It was horrbile weather with wind, rain, thunder, and lighting, but this bird must of heard the yelps on the box call and closed to 49 yrds when i put him down.
Some what of a double beard, the bases were kinda close together, but seperate, they were 10" and 12". With 1.25" spurs and weighed 25 soaking wet;)
If they are infact double beards he scored 93 with the NWTF scoring system. ( i put him at 24 pounds due to being wet).
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Here are other measurment pics from the DNR check station in Indiana :
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/benvw/photos279.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/benvw/photos276.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/benvw/photos277.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63/benvw/photos280.jpg


Had a great time down there dispite the weather, now i am looking forward to May 7th and my 234 hunt.

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Ben VW
 

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Nice...that makes the $150 tag worth it!

I know so many spots with turkeys in IN. I just can't bite on $150 for a bird that cost them about 1/2 that to hunt here.

Congrats on a super bird!!!!!
 

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Thats a beauty for sure!

Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice Call Dust ! That's where it was, i was hunting around Angola.
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I tried to answer your pm, your box is full...anyway...

That's a very nice bird...congrats! Is there something you wanted to know about multi-bearded birds? They usually do weigh more, the further south you go, as they get better food and less winter. That's true of beard growth, too, better food, less winter, thicker beards. Longer if they don't have to waddle through the snow or over a lot of rocks. A multi bearded bird is not necessarily an old bird, nor a dominant bird, just a very healthy bird with the gene potential for more than one beard. Another "anomaly", like different colors, etc. Again, congrats...

Linda

You got really lucky at that distance...;)
 

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BVW.
Definitely a double beard. My double beard was the same way. Fact is I really didn't realize it was a double until I got home from Delta county and went to clean it. It just looked like a funny shaped beard.

All three of my multi bearded turkeys were killed on the same farm in probably an 80 acre area of the place. Spring 1989 Spring 1990 and fall 1990. Definitely genetic. Mine are a double, a triple and a 5 beard. Photos are in my photos, they are the ones in the wooden display cases. Looking for a 4 beard to complete my slam.:D

The farmer that lived on that property told of a tom that hung around the cattle feeders in the winter that had a chest full of beards. The bird must have moved to another farm to spend the spring as I never saw him.

Never having heard of a multi bearded turkey back in 1989 I spent quite a bit of time on the phone discussing them with John Urbain the DNR turkey guru at the time. I also spent some time talking on the phone with the noted turkey biologist in Fla, Lovett Williams, about multi bearded birds. My name is listed in the credits in his book After The Hunt
 

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That's a nice Gobbler! If I ever shoot one with 2 beards like that It would cost me another $700 for a full mount! Great job!
 
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