The numbers are in the DGIF’s hands — they are instantly available now that spring checking is all electronic — but apparently they need to go through the chain of command before they can be released to an insignificant reporter such as myself. The DGIF’s bi-weekly Outdoor Report is due later this week, so maybe they plan to scoop me!
Anyway, Jason Warf did his part to contribute, killing this nice bird in early May in the Arcadia area of Botetourt County. Warf reported that the bird weighed 22 pounds, had an 11-inch beard and 1 1/8-inch spurs.
So, while we wait for the official tally, how about some predictions? I’ll get things started and go with 14,750. I’ll put together a little prize package of Pure Fishing lures and other stuff for the person who comes the closest.