I have one that I have been watching since early this fall that has the best tail I have seen for a long time. He hangs out around the East side of my place close to some buildings. I think by looking at him he may push that 26" envelope as he has a 3-4 inch drop at the end and it waggles like a loose rope when he flies away. I don't hunt so am just speculating based on some 23"plus ones I have found after the birds died somehow or another. Sure is pretty to look at but has been a few weeks since I have seen him so maybe someone/something put him down.