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Turkey Identification Guidelines

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Use the chart below to identify the age and sex of your turkey before calling the harvest line.

Fall Turkey

Spring Turkey

_ Adult Tom

_ Juvenile Tom or Jake

_ Adult Hen

_ Juvenile Hen

_ Unsure of Sex/Age

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_ Adult Tom

_ Juvenile Tom or Jake

_ Bearded Hen

_ Unsure of Sex/Age

_ Beard longer than 6 inches

_ Beard shorter than 6 inches

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_ Beard longer than
6 inches

_ Beard shorter than
6 inches

_ Spur longer than ½ inch

_ Spur shorter than ½ inch

TurLeg.tif

_ Spur longer than ½ inch

_ Spur shorter than ½ inch

_ Outer two wing feathers pointed with no barring

_ Outer two wing feathers rounded with barring to the tip

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TurWing1.tif

n/a

_ Breast feathers
black-tipped

_ Breast feathers
buff-tipped

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TurBrst2.tif

n/a

n/a

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_ Tail fan smooth in shaped

_ Middle tail feathers longer
than others

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