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Add to Favorites How Old Are These Toms? I live in the woods and we have two tom turkeys that come in two or three times a day for the scratch and water I put out for them. They respond to my voice, know the sound of the feed barrels, love to be talked to and let me within three feet of them. Is there any way to estimate their age by the length of their “beards?” When they’re eating they drag on the ground. They’ve been coming in for two years now. Spring is very interesting when the ladies come around. Doree Juliano, New Hampshire ************** Hi Doree, Correctly judging the age of a wild turkey is not an exact science. There are a lot of references from hunters. You can tell if a turkey is immature (a jake) or not by looking at the tail feathers. A jake’s

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