More Turkey Talk – Terminology

A Little Terminology


Note the Beard Sticking out of the Mid-Chest of each Turkey; Looks Like a Pony-Tail Hanging out of the Chest!)


Gobbler – adult male, usually 2 years of age + , all tail feathers are same length; overall – looks black, with red/white/blue head

Jake Р young male, middle tail feather is longer than the others

Hen – female adult, smaller and duller in color than males; overall – looks dark brown

Jennys – young hens


Truth is Stranger than Fiction

1) Male turkeys have beards – which are made up of modified feathers. It is not unusual for a male to have more than one beard!

2) One in 20 females has a beard!

3) Habitat determines a wild turkey’s weight. They average about 20 lbs. in the agricultural areas of the Midwest. In other areas, they average somewhat less than 20 lbs.

4) Turkey hunters tend to be more interested in the size of the turkey’s beard and spurs, rather than their weight!


UPCOMING: Turkey Behavior You Need to Understand; Preseason Ideas for the Turkey Hunter; and more!


* ‘1999 Minnesota Turkeys’ used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics.


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