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9-year old bags record turkey in Climax

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

CLIMAX, GA (WALB) –A 9-year old Florida boy bagged a record turkey in Decatur County.

Tallahassee native Winton Gustafson shot this 24-pound double spurred Eastern Turkey at the Climax Gun Club back in May.

Wildlife officials only recently certified the bird, giving it a total score of 93.75 and making Gustafson's gobbler the highest scoring turkey of its kind in the nation.

It's the second highest of all four U-S species.

"That memory is there forever. That's the good thing about it," says Decatur County Sheriff and one of the Climax Gun Club's co-owners, Wiley Griffin. "I know his father Jimmy was proud of it, but he'll always remember that. We need more kids hunting and fishing."

Sheriff Griffin went on to explain that hunting gives parents a chance to teach their children gun safety and gets kids involved in outdoor activities at a young age.

Here's a scoring breakdown of Gustafson's record turkey:

Beard - 11.125 inches
Weight - 24 pounds
Left spurs - 1-5/8 inches and 1-1/8 inches
Right spurs - 1-5/8 and 3/8 inches broken off

Total score of the bird was 93.75.

The estimated age of the bird was 6 1/2 years.

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