Potential record wild turkey harvested near Fenelon Falls

by Jason Bain | May 31, 2019
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Susan McClean displays her immense wild turkey harvested on May 26.

Soon-to-be-married Susan McClean and Derek Hudson received an early wedding present when she harvested a potential record-size wild turkey near Fenelon Falls on May 26.

The 37-pound, 11-ounce tom — McClean’s first in two years of hunting  — was weighed at Chris’ Live Bait in Marmora.

The couple were in a ground blind with Hudson’s son Jake when the big bird landed in a field on a former beef farm near McClean’s Fenelon Falls home.

Jake made two calls. It took about a half an hour for the potentially record-size wild turkey to get close enough to their decoys to fire the shot.

“It was walking like a dinosaur across the alfalfa field to get to us,” Hudson said, describing it as the biggest he has seen, with spurs the size of his pinky.

McClean, who just shot her first moose last fall, was understandably excited.

“She’s ecstatic. She was shaking like a leaf,” the Madoc man said.

The turkey topped the scale at 37-pounds, 11-ounces.

The couple are aware of the 37.6-pound world record shot by David Cody Guess in Lyon County, Kentucky.

They are now trying to reach the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to report the harvest and learn what to do next. If it is indeed a record, they plan to mount the bird, which is in a freezer for the time being.

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  1. Josh wrote: Hopefully you shot that fairly close to a road. That thing is a giant and can't imagine carrying any more than 100 yards. Nice harvest!! Tough time getting that one in a turkey fryer.
  2. Lorelea wrote: way to go Susan, bet your heart did the buck fever thing while that tom was headed your way. Glad to read about other women hunters out there, keep on hunting!!
  3. John Hillman wrote: Congrats on the turkey harvest, what were the beard & spur length? 8 years ago near Bothwell Ontario, i saw Wayne June turkey hed just shot, only 20 lbs but had "6" beards 9" long(RIP WAYNE)Wishing you all the best
    • Jason Bain wrote: We didn't learn the beard and spur length, John. But thank you for reaching out!