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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

TurBeard.tif

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

TurWing2.tif
TurWing1.tif

n/a

Breast feathers
black-tipped

Breast feathers
buff-tipped

TurBrst1.tif
TurBrst2.tif

n/a

n/a

TurTail2.tif
TurTail1.tif

Tail fan smooth in shaped

Middle tail feathers longer
than others

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