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Head Size?

Is the size of a gobbler's noggin indicative of anything in particular, such as age or diet, or is it simply genetics? My ol' man and my best friend killed almost identical gobblers on the opener... both sported 1-5/16" spurs and 9-1/2" beards. However, Dad's bird had a head that was the size of a softball, while my friend's gobbler had a much leaner head.

This is simply a curiosity that I've noticed before with some the birds brought back to camp over the years. This isn't the first time we've noticed differences in heads.

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Re: Head Size?

I've noticed that alot of the difference in head size occurs after the shot. If you don't really jello the head, they will often times swell. Not all the time though. However, I do remember watching one of the old Double Bull DVDs. They were hunting Nebraska and had one gobbler stroll in. Thing had a true softball sized head. So much so that it somehow stands out in my head probably 7 years after seing the video just one time LOL
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Re: Head Size?

More bbs in head would be my guess. Heads sweep a great bit sometime after the shot

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Re: Head Size?

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I've noticed that alot of the difference in head size ocurs after the shot. If you don't really jello the head, they will often times swell. Not all the time though.
My bird did exactly that last year. I had heard about but, never had it happen until then.

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Re: Head Size?

If you hammer his head with shot it will fill with blood and swell quickly. Throwing it over your shoulder and carrying it out will cause more blood to pool in his head and cause it to get even bigger.
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