Big Jake - Small Tom?

Shane

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Here in WA, a hunting partner and I shot birds about 5 miles and 2000 feet elevation from one another.

Now, his bird was a nice Merriams tom with a 9.5" beard, 1 inch spurs and weighed about 15 pounds. I know, we were thinking kinda smallish as well.

My bird on the other hand was (my guess) a 1 year old Jake that weighed over 15 pounds and had a 4 inch beard. This was a really good sized bird.

I haven't seen a jake that big. The wing bones (each of the three) were all 1/2 inch longer than my partner's tom. I guess I was thinking it could be genes from different translocation efforts. We also get three sub-species in close proximity to one another - Merriams, Easterns and Rios. If they crossed with the Rios, that would likely cause a smaller tom, right?

Has anyone experienced this before?


(Edited by Shane at 11:58 pm on May 15, 2002)
 

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   We only have Eastern turkeys here in Ohio,so I don't know about the sizes of other v
arieties.My first bird was a jake that weighed 18 lb.,I also thought that was unusual.
I have since heard that it was not uncommon for jakes to get that big.They don't worry so much about breeding and have more time for eating.
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If you look at the average weights and record weights of the 3 species (Rio, Eastern, Merriams), of turkeys, they are all pretty close.

Maybe he just had better stock in him or was a better finder of bugs and acorns. I've seen deer like that, some looked like runts and the brother/sister to them looked like a baby huey deer.

Congrats on the toms too. Where the pics dude? What you call them in with?
 
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