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While I enjoy them at all other times of the year for their vocal escapades and quirky behavior, there is one thing I can't stand once the Spring Turkey season commences....



Those dang hens bent on pulling a gobbler away from you at every chance



 

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They can also be a great help. I've taken a couple of gobblers over the years that were called in by the real deal. Couldn't thank them enough!!
 

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Lol sometimes ya curse em, but in the end they are the hen that lays the golden egg. I will never say there are too many hens in my area. All those hens mean more turkeys and more gobblers to hunt in the coming years. Anybody wants rid of their hens, just chase them over this direction! I'll take em!
 

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Boy ain't that the truth, hens and wind and in that order. Saw a still wintered flock yesterday and counted 62 birds in it with one longbeard..that boy has a lot of work to do over the next few weeks..even if the flock splits in half he should be down to 10 pounds after tying to mate with that many hens..feel sorry for the ole' boy..LOL!! Maybe we should have a winter hen only season!!!
 

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Those hens will disperse and be bred by others I bet. Don't worry about Tom, if he is solo stud he will do fine.
I love hens, they often will respond when tom won't, giving up Tom's location. Or leading him into range. When the hen wins, she wins.
 

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When the gobbler is staying with the hens, but the hens are answering calls calling to the hens will work sometimes. I made a hen very mad once my mocking her calls. She can in and stood in frond of me at 10 yds. callings as loud as she could. Makes it hard to move and draw down on the gobbler. She finally walked behind me and the gobbler turned out to be a Jake. I let him go...waited 20 minutes to make another call and when I did the angry hen came running back to me calling. I think the Jake was afraid of her as he ran off.
 

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I had a 20 minute battle with a hen once and I lost, she took Mr. Gobbler with her
It was fun though while it lasted.
 

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Kip Feroce said:
Those hens will disperse and be bred by others I bet. Don't worry about Tom, if he is solo stud he will do fine.
I love hens, they often will respond when tom won't, giving up Tom's location. Or leading him into range. When the hen wins, she wins.
Well said, and without hens, you have no turkeys. If you happen to have a lot of hens, don't curse them....thank God.
 

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This hunters worst enemy---IMPATIENCE
Very true. Sometimes just sitting tight is the only way. Took me a good many seasons and a lot of mistakes to figure it out, but it's just part of the game now

Eh.. what can you do. Because the hens always have an agenda of their own, often times my gameplan involves just waiting them out in a travel/feeding corridor. While you may lose out on the in your face gobbling excitement, it sure is rewarding to rely on your woodsmanship skills and have success. Nothing better then having your daydreaming stare interupted by a line of hens followed by a silent strutter at about 20 yards.
 

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Yes if you play your cards right dead bird.
Been a long long time since i used the henned up card.

Scott
 
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