Record 7 Beard Gobbler Confirmed

Record 7 Beard Gobbler
Record 7 Beard Gobbler
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Henrico, VA -( It’s official, the new National Wild Turkey Federation Virginia Record Gobbler was harvested April 11 by Dustin Plummer in Goochland County having 7 beards.

This rare gobbler ranks #21 nationally as the biggest Eastern wild turkey. The seven beards totaled 61.75 inches in length and the spurs were 1 5/8 inches and 1 3/16 inches. The total score was 167.75 beating the previous record of 162 set by Emit Deel Dickenson County gobbler back in 1996.

“Less than 10% of wild male turkeys have multiple beards and toms with 6 or more beards are extremely rare.”

“As Dustin approached his harvest he immediately noticed that his gobbler had several beards and with a closer examination he began to realize just how unique this Goochland County Spring Gobbler was as he counted 7 individual beards.”

Read the details of this once in a lifetime hunt on Star City Whitetails website reported by Jeff Phillips.

About Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries ( VDGIF ) is responsible for the management of inland fisheries, wildlife, and recreational boating for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Dillon Archibald

I wonder how many people have come across such a bird without the knowledge of its significance.


Awesome !