Brad Clark of Anson shoots a 23-pound tom during his first hunting expedition ever.ANSON - The lessons 10-year-old Brad Clark learned while watching his grandfather hunt paid off Saturday when he shot a 23.1-pound turkey that made it into the record books.
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He saw eight hens come out of the woods and then one big tom, he said. He pulled the trigger and was home by 7 a.m.The score of the bird -- reached by a formula that considers weight and spur and beard length -- totaled 64 points, Lane said. It had to earn 62 to make it into the trophy club's record book. The organization, based in Dover-Foxcroft, keeps track of the largest turkeys, moose, bear and deer killed during hunting seasons.
"It's really rare, especially for a 10-year-old boy," Lane said about making the list. "There's a select few that make it every year." He added that he's been hunting turkeys for a decade and has never scored a 62.
The turkey's beard was 9 1/4 inches long, and the spurs were each slightly longer than 1 inch.
"His father and I, yes, are very proud," said Julie Clark, Brad's mother.
Brad said he plans to mount the tail and beard; his family will eat the rest. They already tried some for lunch Sunday.
"It was pretty good," he said.