Duane Watford of Henrietta brought in the largest Rio Grande gobbler entered in the 2014 Turkey Fest hunting competitions, earning the overall Battle of the Beards title and prizes valued at $1,200.
Competing in the Battle of the Beards were 37 adults and nine youth. Ten turkeys were submitted during the events five weigh-ins. The contest was expanded to include all of Texas and Oklahoma.
Watford’s bird, harvested on Scaling Ranch with guide Arvil Parkey, weighed in at 23.4 pounds with a beard measuring 9.875 inches and spurs of 1.0625 and 1.1250 inches for a score of 64.875. It was the last bird measured during the final weigh-in Saturday afternoon.
As winner of the Battle of the Beards, Watford was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a $100 gift card from Cabela’s as well as two tickets to the Full Strut Banquet. Property owner Wilson Scaling also received a $100 Cabela’s gift card and tickets to the banquet.
Triston Emanuel of Henrietta won the Battle of the Beards youth division with 16.15-pound Rio. The turkey had one-inch spurs and an 8.8125-inch beard to score 54.5625. Emanuel was the only youth division competitor to harvest a bird. Emanuel earned a $100 Cabela’s gift card.
Wade Knight of Petrolia came in a close second place in the Battle of the Beards adult division with a bird that scored 63.825. Knight’s turkey weighed 19.13 pounds and had spurs measuring 1.25 inches each and a 9.5-inch beard. Adam Gonzenbach finished in third with an 18.4-pound bird. Gonzenbach’s turkey had and 11-inch beard and spurs measuring 1 inch and three-quarters of an inch.
For a third-straight year, the television series “Huntin’ the World — Southern Style” won the Turkey Fest World Championship. The celebrity team of Ken Cobb, Michael Aho and John Kennedy also garnered awards for heaviest turkey at 22.8 pounds and longest spur with 1.25 inches. The winning bird had a beard of 9.375 and scored 64.875.
The team hunted the F Bar Springs and Birdwell-Clark ranches east of Henrietta.
Hunting the Bubba Rosa Ranch, east of Henrietta, “American Valor Outdoors” harvested a gobbler with a double beard measuring 14-inches in total length for the long beard award. American Valor host Derome West hunted with guests Brad Luke, Jeffrey Murdorf and Jay Heyboyer.
Also competing in the Turkey Fest World Championship were Team Steven and Team Dustin of “The Calling”, an outdoors competition show which recently wrapped production at the Birdwell-Clark Ranch, as well as “MOJO Outdoors” and “TNT Outdoor Explosion”.
Complete results are as follows:
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