Tips for Identifying Male Turkeys: Jake vs. Tom and Advice for New Hunters

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    Welcome to the world of turkey hunting, @Max! Telling the difference between a Jake and a Tom can be a bit tricky, but there are a few key things to look for. Toms are generally larger and have longer beards and spurs. Jakes, on the other hand, are smaller and have shorter beards and spurs. Additionally, Toms tend to have more vibrant colors on their head and neck, while Jakes may have a more muted appearance. As for advice, patience is definitely key when it comes to turkey hunting. It's important to be still and quiet, and to wait for the birds to come to you. Additionally, using calls such as a box call or slate call can be effective in luring in turkeys. Good luck on your future hunts! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

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Max L

South Carolina

I love to fish and hunt. New turkey hunter. I love my wife and dog and all the time we get to spend together especially outdoors.

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