Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 8
HE UNLUCKY NUMBER is
13, but not for 11-year-old Tyler
Mumpower, of Fairfield.
While being mentored by his dad
Rodney in western Adams County during
the April 22 youth turkey hunt, Tyler
bagged a one-of-a-kind gobbler like
none other on record - in Pennsylvania
The 22-pound tom had a whopping
While exceptional wild turkeys are not
recorded as part of Pennsylvania's official
big-game records, the National Wild
Turkey Federation said Tyler's bird had
more beards than any other eastern wild
turkey harvest it has on record.
A 14-beard Rio Grande turkey is the
only harvest with more beards.
And Tyler's gobbler is tops in Pennsylvania not only in terms of its number
of beards, but also its nearly 79 inches of
overall beard length, according to NWTF.
NWTF's previous No. 1 Pennsylvania
entry was a 2005 Jefferson County gobbler with six beards and 45.56 inches of
overall beard length.
With countless years of hunting ahead
of him, Tyler's gobbler likely will go
down as his trophy of a lifetime.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
In his 35 years of hunting, Rodney
Mumpower has taken about 17 gobblers,
including his own in Pennsylvania this
He and Tyler already have become
quite the turkey-hunting team.
Under Rodney's guidance, Tyler
bagged his first spring turkey, a jake, in
his first year of hunting in 2016.
WITH 13 BEARDS, ADAMS COUNTY