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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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May 18, day 19

Heading out with my wife to try and help her get her first turkey. Good luck all!

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Re: May 18, day 19


Good luck.

I found out from my land owner that the woods I thought was the neighbors is in fact his. I have had birds in here all week that wouldn't come to me so this morning I am closer to them. We shall see
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Good luck. Just headed out now.

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Good luck everyone gotta work today

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Off to work as well, good luck everyone!

I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to.
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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?
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Bearded hens are not all that unusual. As you saw, most will have thin beards of modest lengths. She is legal. If you are satisfied with wrapping your tag around her leg, that is all that matters.

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Re: May 18, day 19

Legal bird. But hens with beards lay eggs and nest.

Personaly, I would not shoot her in the spring. Fall Yes.

Decision is entirely up to you.

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Re: May 18, day 19

Took my boy up to the Michaux SF for a morning hunt. Didn't hear a peep. Saw ten trucks parked in our two mile stretch we like to hunt so guessing it has been pounded on the wkd. Saw some fresh sign but i dont have much patience for cold calling over sign. Back to bed for a cpl hours and then the yard awaits.....chores pile up on me quick in turkey season.
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Re: May 18, day 19


Things got queit by 7. Decieded to move around where I think they headed to.
Still looking to fill tag one.
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