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Outstanding Gobbler Award Program

The Outstanding Gobbler Award Program was designed to recognize one of the greatest success stories in wildlife management - the restoration of the wild turkey to New Jersey. The objective of this program was to acknowledge the quality of the Division of Fish and Wildlife's wild turkey management efforts and the ability of the sportsmen and women who successfully hunt for them. Each year there were winners selected in both typical and non-typical categories.

The program was administered by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation which has been an active partner in the restoration and management of the wild turkey.

As of 2008 the program has been suspended.

A turkey was eligible for the award if it met the score requirement:

Minimum score:
    60 - Typical
    80 - Non-typical (multiple beards or spurs)

Minimum weight:
    20 pounds

Score calculation:
    weight + 2(beard length) + 10(combined spur lengths)

Birds must have been weighed on a certified scale before or after gutting. Submitters needed to obtain a receipt with the date, and the store/location and name of person who weighed the bird recorded.

Be sure to visit the Turkey Hunting Tips page.

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Last Updated: April 22, 2008