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Tommy and the Bearded Lady
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Messages posted to thread:
Don 03-Apr-20
Bou'bound 03-Apr-20
JohnMC 03-Apr-20
Don 03-Apr-20
midwest 03-Apr-20
Grunt-N-Gobble 03-Apr-20
Screwball 03-Apr-20
MQQSE 03-Apr-20
Ned mobile 03-Apr-20
MQQSE 03-Apr-20
t-roy 03-Apr-20
Hawkeye 03-Apr-20
JohnMC 03-Apr-20
Don 03-Apr-20
midwest 04-Apr-20
MQQSE 04-Apr-20
[email protected] 04-Apr-20
OFFHNTN 04-Apr-20
BUCKeye 04-Apr-20
fastflight 04-Apr-20
drycreek 05-Apr-20
Grey Ghost 05-Apr-20
drycreek 05-Apr-20
ahunter76 05-Apr-20
Pop-r 05-Apr-20


By: Don
Date:03-Apr-20

Don's MOBILE embedded Photo

She is on his immediate right.

Date:03-Apr-20

what a spectacular bird

By: JohnMC
Date:03-Apr-20

Cool picture! Who would shoot a beard hen? I had an opportunity before and did not. Not because I am against it. I just prefered to put the tag on a Tom.

By: Don
Date:03-Apr-20

Legal target here but not for me, no desire to kill one.

Date:03-Apr-20

A LOT more meat on that tom! Cool pic!

Date:03-Apr-20

Ive had a handful of opportunities to shoot bearded hens but have always passed. The 2nd gobbler i killed last year was following the longest bearded hen ive ever seen.

Date:03-Apr-20

Absolutely Beautiful

By: MQQSE
Date:03-Apr-20

I always see several every spring on my farm. Must be a genetic uniqueness that we have. I’ve taken one for a mount we were working on. I’ll see if I can find it.

Date:03-Apr-20

I see bearded hens regularly around home.

By: MQQSE
Date:03-Apr-20

MQQSE's embedded Photo

By: t-roy
Date:03-Apr-20

I’ve seen lots of them, but haven’t ever shot one. They are not common, but not really rare either. Supposedly, 10-20% of hens have beards.

Date:03-Apr-20

Hawkeye's embedded Photo

Great pic! Here are three bearded ladies I got this past January. Cool to see:)

By: JohnMC
Date:03-Apr-20

In southeast Oklahoma were I grew up it a lot high that 20~30% for bearded ladies but not sure about hen turkeys

By: Don
Date:03-Apr-20

Lol...perfect !!

Date:04-Apr-20

MQQSE, that's one of the coolest turk mounts I've ever seen.

By: MQQSE
Date:04-Apr-20

Thanks Nick. It was the project that kept growing and growing for my taxidermist. The detail is hard to see in the photo all the way down to the morel mushrooms and may apples. In the end it’s now one of those pieces you just stop and stare at for a long time and each aspect brings back memories of many springs gone by over the last 40 years in the turkey woods.

Date:04-Apr-20

Interesting stuff. I have never seen a bearded hen or a tom with more than one beard. I will keep looking for sure. my best, Paul

Date:04-Apr-20

GREAT photo!!!

Date:04-Apr-20

Bearded hens arent very rare around here either. I will be surprised if I dont see at least 1 in the first couple days of season. Their beards are usually thin but fairly long.

Date:04-Apr-20

Pretty rare to see bearded hens at my spot in Northern Illinois. Maybe I am weird but a bearded hen is on my wish list just because it's something different. Almost like a drop tine buck. Well, maybe that's a stretch....LOL

Date:05-Apr-20

We used to shoot hens in the fall while deer hunting, and I killed one that I didn’t even know had a beard until I picked her up. We get four tags in Texas and always had lots of hens in the fall, so I usually killed two hens in the fall and saved two tags for spring. Bearded hens were fairly rare where my lease was in Central Texas.

Date:05-Apr-20

Beautiful pic, Don.

In my area, bearded hens aren't too common, but mature toms with no spurs is prevalent. About half the Merriam toms I've killed have had no spurs. All were mature 20-plus pound birds with long beards and full fans.

Matt

Date:05-Apr-20

^^^^ I once saw 18 hens parade across an oat field with one tom following. This was fall and I was deer hunting. Hens are not supposed to be with toms. He looked like a tom, but he kept calling like a hen. When they got close enough for me to see him well with 9X binos I saw that he had no spurs. Gender confused ?

Date:05-Apr-20

ahunter76's embedded Photo

Hen with everything but a Beard.

By: Pop-r
Date:05-Apr-20

I bet she's got a gobbler though!


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