Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
kanerZ71

?? of scoring turkeys

Recommended Posts

I shot my first tom in spring 08. I didn't know anything about turkey hunting when I went. Only reason I went is because a buddy asked to apply. So I did and our party drew tags. Anyways...I ended up shooting a HUGE bird!! 33 lbs. 9 inch beard and 1.5 inch spurs. When I registered it I asked the kid working if he would weigh just out of curiosity and he said he was too busy. Therefore, I went back to my buddies house to gut it out and we weighed it prior to gutting it using one of his scales. A couple weeks later (after I had it processed) I spoke to a CO and he said I should have called a CO because it was close if not the state record turkey. After researching the NWTF site, I have not found a bird bigger than 30 lbs. Enough of me babbling....How is a turkey scored???? Does it go solely by weight??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here it is straight from the NWTF HSOforum.

http://www.nwtf.org/all_about_turkeys/how_to_score.html

It is weight, plus the beard length x 2, plus the total length of both spurs x 10. Add all these together for your score.

33 lbs and 1 1/2" spurs are huge! 9" beard is only average.

The heaviest bird recorded in Minnesota is 29.92 lbs.

There are only 5 listed with spur length over 1 1/2".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That would give u a score of 81 and 4th on the registered list. I hope you didnt use your friends bathroom scale bc i dont think theyd accept that. Are you sure the scale was accurate bc thats a huge weight for a bird with only a nine beard and the scale needs to be a certified so did it have a sticker on it that said it was inspected by so so.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No it wasn't a certified scale. We told the CO how we weighed and he said that would be fine as far as he was concerned for MN. We did use a bathroom scale but the way we did was my buddy stood on it and got his weight then grabbed the bird and got on it. Not the most accurate I know but like I said it was my first time and didn't any knowledge. I would say I'm a bit more educated now!!! I saw a bigger one the day before I got this monster but didn't have a clear shot so I passed on it. Hopefully I can draw a tag for spring and get another one!!!!

Thanks for the responses!!

A score of 81 and 4th on the list is just for MN correct????

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep ur correct and thats only for a typical bird. I think there are a few atypicals that reach up to about 125 for a score shot in MN. Atypical meaning multiple beards or more than 2 spurs i believe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a huge bird. You'll have a hard time shooting one better than that. I hit a butterball a few years back in MN that I know would've approached mid-upper 20's. I'm still sick about it...

Beard length and weight are not correlated. Most beards will not exceed 10-11" as the tips wear off as the bird feeds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I shot one up near St. Cloud in 2007 that weighed 26.5 lbs, had a 10.5" beard, 1 3/8" and 1 1/2" spurs. He's looking at me from the top of the entertainment center right now in his full strut mode. My wife hates it! I don't think I'll every shoot a bigger one. Maybe! I think I scored mine at 76.25 which is a good bird in anyones book. The next day a first time hunter shot a bird near the same spot that weighed 28.5 gutted and had a 12.5" beard and 1.5" spurs. She didn't know what she had. She and her husband weighed it at Cub Foods after it was gutted and it weighed that much. That was her first bird! Guts weigh 3 or 4 pounds on a bird that big. She may have had a state record bird. Anyway, don't weigh them on a bathroom scale. Go to a bait store, meat market or supermarket. My neighbor weighed the state record White Crappie out of Coon Lake a few years back. If you want it in the book and certified use a certified scale. I got mine weighed by my taxidermist. Nice bird though!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • I am up next Wednesday... but I got a niece to get out prior to me... hopefully Sunday.  Thanks guys
    • In SD you can only buy one any weapon Black Hills tag in the spring.  There is a state-wide archery only tag that can be used out here as well.   Usually it is tough to get just one bird, so I don't buy an archery tag.   This year we planned on rock climbing after shooting turkeys, so we are kicking that off a little quicker than expected.   I do not believe it is possible to buy non-res over the counter tags, even though it is not a lottery, and buying online requires shipping to an address that takes a few days...   I also did not bring my bow, but if my uncle has a bow for me to use I might call game and fish to see if I can buy an archery tag in Rapid and hunt a bit each day before we go climbing.  
    • before...or after happy hour!!!!!!!!!
    • About as good as a day can get. Congrats to both of you. Your turn next pumper?
    • saw the first frog today!!!  
    • look caned turkey already!!!  
    • What a difference a week makes! Even far northern Wisconsin is finally making it to spring. With temperatures in the 50s and 60s, snow is melting quickly in the Northwoods, although it isn't gone yet and it may be awhile before its gone in the woods. Northern lakes still have up to 2 feet of ice and it's looking at this point that some lakes will still be iced over when the general fishing season opens on May 5. SLIDE SHOW | 6 photosWhat a difference a week makes!With all the snowmelt, waterfalls have come to life. Last Friday both Big and Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park were completely ice covered, but with warmer temperatures, they both came to life. People were eager to see the transformation with more than 385 vehicles visiting the park over the weekend to view the falls. Both Forks of the Flambeau are also open now and their falls are roaring.As things are drying out, we're also moving into the spring wildfire season. In the last week 60 wildfires burned 129 acres in DNR Protection Areas. Half of the fires were caused by debris burning. Stay aware of fire danger and burning restrictions by searching the DNR page for keyword fire. .
    • Very productive day all around! 
    • Smile says it all. Good job Dad!