According to a 2007 article in Woman's Day, the biggest turkey ever was a male named Tyson that weighed 86 pounds. The turkey was entered into an annual Heaviest Turkey Competition in 1989 by Philip Cook of Leacroft Turkeys, Ltd.
The National Wild Turkey Federation maintains records on wild turkeys hunted in the United States. As of 2014, the biggest wild turkey ever killed in the USA was a 37.13-pound Rio Grande turkey that was harvested by Jacob Braught in Linn, Ore., on April 15, 2002. The turkey with the longest beard was an Eastern turkey with a 22.5-inch beard taken by Cody May in Bowie, Texas, on April 6, 2007.