Chamber logs first turkeys in World Championship hunt, Battle of the Beards

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John Kennedy of “Huntin’ the World — Southern Style” films as Game Warden Richard Key measures the spurs of a turkey entered in the Turkey Fest World Championship. B.J. Dunn, executive director of the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce, records measurements to calculate the final score.

John Kennedy of “Huntin’ the World — Southern Style” films as Game Warden Richard Key measures the spurs of a turkey entered in the Turkey Fest World Championship. B.J. Dunn, executive director of the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce, records measurements to calculate the final score.

Battle of the Beards contestant Brady Bedford of Wichita Falls displays two Rio Grande turkeys harvested southwest of Henrietta. One of Bedford’s birds was the first Battle of the Beards entry to weigh in.

Battle of the Beards contestant Brady Bedford of Wichita Falls displays two Rio Grande turkeys harvested southwest of Henrietta. One of Bedford’s birds was the first Battle of the Beards entry to weigh in.

The first turkeys harvested by professional hunting teams and battle of the Beards contestants were brought in for Thursday’s noon weigh-in.

Ken Cobb, Michael Aho and John Kennedy of the outdoors television series “Huntin’ the World — Southern Style, logged a 21-pound Rio Grande gobble that scored 61, and currently leads in the Turkey Fest World Championship standings. Cobb harvested the bird on the F Bar Springs Ranch, east of Henrietta.

“Team Steven,” one of two teams representing The Calling, a new television series filmed on the Birdwell-Clark Ranch east of Henrietta, brought in an 18-pound bird that scored 53.375. The bird was harvested by former 1st Sgt. Steven Holden, a retired decorated Army combat medic who was a contestant on the show. Holden was joined by videographer Lee McClellan and Jason Schindler, a guide for River Bluff Lodge near Byers.

Brady Bedford of Wichita Falls brought in the only Battle of the Beards bird to the noon weigh-in. The 19.1-pound turkey was on of two Bedford stalked and shot on a property owned by K.J. Davidson southwest of Henrietta. The turkey scored 56.06.

The weight, length of beard and length of spurs of each Rio Grande tom are calculated to determine the overall score.

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