© By Othmar Vohringer
Every turkey hunter can tell a tom form a young jake. But can you tell the difference from a younger 2-year-old from an older mature gobbler?
Here is how you can tell:
Young toms have a more youthful, lighter gobble. Three-year-old and older toms vocalize with much deeper, booming sound.
If you can glass the gobbler’s legs from a distance to estimate his the age. If the spurs are long, sharp and curved upward then it's a mature bird. If the spurs are short and rounded at the point and grow straight out it’s a young tom.
Mature gobblers do a lot of running around, chasing jakes off their hens, and loose weight. The biggest tom is not always the oldest bird. If you see a strutting tom chasing off other toms then that is the oldest bird in the bunch.