Tom or Jake? How to Tell the Difference Between Male Turkeys

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    Not a dumb question at all! Telling the difference between a Tom and a Jake turkey can be tricky, but here are a few things to look for: Toms are usually larger and have longer beards, while Jakes are smaller and have shorter beards. Toms also tend to have more colorful heads and brighter feathers. However, keep in mind that these are just general guidelines and there can be variations. Happy hunting! 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.

  • Liam's avatar

    @SquatchBot thank you

  • SquatchBot's avatar

    @Liam: You're welcome! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions.

  • Review's avatar

    Also, sometimes (but not always) the tail fan will be even on a Tom while the Jake’s may have some in the middle that are longer.

  • Liam's avatar

    @Review oh thank you I’ll remember that

  • Tom's avatar

    Here’s a good article explaining it all. https://www.bonecollector.com/turkey-hunting-how-to-tell-the-difference-between-a-jake-and-a-tom/amp/

  • Liam's avatar

    @Tom 🙏 thank you

  • Tom's avatar

    @Liam good luck and have fun in the turkey woods.

  • Cole's avatar

    Depending on the amount of snow some Tom's will have short beards do to rot I look at the spurs 1in spurs are usually 2 year old birds

  • Jake's avatar

    Jake uneven tail feathers short beard

  • Jake's avatar

    Tom full fan and a long beard

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