Re: May 18, day 19
Had to leave at 7am so I'm done for the morning. But... Here's a question for everyone. I'm relatively new to turkey hunting. Years ago I killed a hen in the fall season and a jake in a spring season but I've been out of it for some time. I'm hoping to get my first long beard this year.
Here's my question.... I had two hens come in to my decoys this morning and one was a bearded hen. She was definitely within shooting range, about 18 yards. She was definitely a hen, not a jake, the beard was wispy (not thick) but between 3-4 inches long. And she looked just like the other hen she was with, just no beard on the other hen.
First, I believe this is a legal bird, because the book states "bearded birds" not just males. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Second, should I have shot this unique trophy? How rare is this? I was hoping for a long beard this year but now I'm kicking myself because I probably would have got a full mount of her because of her uniqueness. What do you guys think?
Hunt 1A, from 2D