The Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area had its second and last spring turkey hunt on April 22-23. In spite of the deluge of rain on both days, 10 birds were taken, six toms and four jakes; the largest tom was 23.7 pounds; the longest beard was 12.1 inches; the longest spur was 1.3 inches. None was retained for internal radiological contamination.
For the 2017 season’s superlatives, the first hunt, as usual, had the higher bird total (21) and the longest spur (1.5 inches). The second hunt had the largest turkey and the longest beard.