Eight beards, two brothers and one big turkey

Madill brothers team up to bag second highest-scoring gobbler in Oklahoma
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 4, 2014

Two Madill teens worked together to bag what is the second highest scoring Rio Grande turkey in Oklahoma, according to National Wild Turkey Federation records.

Traven Bagley, 13, shot the tom on April 20 with a Benelli Super Black Eagle, while his brother Taber, 16, called in the bird with a Primos diaphragm.

It was a young bird, but it scored so high because of eight beards that measured a total of 54.375 inches. The turkey weighed 20 pounds and 9 ounces and had spurs measuring 13/16th of an inch and 15/16 of an inch.

The NWTF scores turkeys based on the weight of the bird and the measurements of the bird’s beards and spurs. The NWTF keeps records on its website, nwtf.org.

The measurements of Traven’s trophy were taken by a game warden and witnessed by two members of the National Wild Turkey Federation, said his father, Mike Bagley.

“When we compared these measurements with the birds recorded on the NWTF, we found them to be ranked No. 2 in Oklahoma and the No. 9 Rio in the country,” he said in an email. “Total score according to our calculations is 146.8125.”

The Bagleys have submitted photos of the gobbler and the measurements to NWTF for official recognition.

The highest scoring Rio Grande turkey from Oklahoma, according to the NWTF website, was taken in Jefferson County in 2010 by Michael Fleharty. It scored 157.125 and ranks fourth in the country.

The final day of Oklahoma's spring turkey season is Tuesday.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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