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I've always wondered what everyone else would do...
Shoot or pass?
I had a hen with about a 6" beard in the decoys this morning for about 15 mins.
I know the book says "bearded bird only" but I just couldn't bring myself to stick her with an arrow this morning...
 

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That'll be a one and done for me. I'd like to get one for a full body mount, but I wouldn't want to shoot a second one.

All that is dependent on the population in the area I'm hunting, too. If there's not a lot of birds around, I'll pass every time.
 

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I thought about shooting one and passed on it. You have to remember she may have a nest and killing her means the end of a possible brood of turkeys.
 

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Wouldn't even consider it.I had my 10 year old out last wed and a beaded hen walked right in front of us.He knew it was legal and didn't shoot.
 

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jmbear12 said:
That'll be a one and done for me. I'd like to get one for a full body mount, but I wouldn't want to shoot a second one.

All that is dependent on the population in the area I'm hunting, too. If there's not a lot of birds around, I'll pass every time.
Im in the same boat. It'd be a one and done deal, but then again she could have a nest. There's quite a few turkeys on this property as well.

Either way it was a really neat thing to see up close.
 

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Pass...in the spring...



They aren't nearly as rare as some make them out to be...


Now...if she's got inch and a half hooks on the back of her legs......lol
 

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I shot one in the fall once. I didn't know it had a beard when I shot. I've passed up several in the spring. Saw one this year with a tiny beard.

Steve.
 

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We call those Caitlyn Henner's. I passed on one the first day
 

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I've passed on a few in the Spring. Never so much as thought about shooting one.

I'll pass on them in the fall as well. It does absolutely nothing for me to shoot a hen. Period.

Especially with the obvious population decline in many parts of the State, I hope more people choose to take hen birds off the menu.
 

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In the spring she gets a pass. However not so fortunate during the fall season.
 

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Smtn10pt said:
We call those Caitlyn Henner's. I passed on one the first day
Now that's funny right there. I wonder if bearded hens are allowed to use the men's bathroom.
 

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TurkeyMike said:
I haven't seen any decline in my area, if anything growth.
Consider yourself lucky.
This area has definitely seen a decline, but I will say I have been hearing a lot of birds gobbling this year.
 
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