Bearded Hen?

SIMPLEARKANSAN

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Took a new cam to the camp and got a couple of turkey pics.  I'm no turkey hunter, but I think the first pic is of a bearded hen.  There has been one other seen on our property about 3 years ago.  I was using a Canon Owl AF(round dial) with the MS20 sensor and it's built in 2 min time delay.  Let me know if you think it's a hen.  I included some jakes for you to compare it to.

http://community.webshots.com/user/simplearkansan

(Edited by SIMPLEARKANSAN at 9:34 pm on May 12, 2002)
 

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Even though something looks a little odd, I don't have any better quess than a beard.  I have taken a couple bearded hens, but nothing of that length.  3 to 4 inches or so.  They are a lot more common than Antlered does.  Nice pics though.   You ought to be  a turkey Hunter.  You will absolutely love the sport if you like hunting anything at all.   It's like the extreme version of deer hunting.
 

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 Looks to be a bearded hen to me,i have seen one hen that had a beard nearly dragging the ground once.
 

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Bearded hen alright! We have a couple on our property also. The one must have an 8"+ beard. I've watched her feed in the yard about 15 feet from the cabin window on quite a few occasions. One day she even hopped up on the step just outside the screen door and tried to get a look inside!
 

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I'm new at this ,turkey hunting for 4 years ,what happens if you check in a hen with a beard during the non hen season?
It's an easy mistake with all the exitment of a turkey comeing in range all you see is the beard do you shoot or ? :skeered:
 

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Woodsman, In NC, there is no such thing as hen season. Only Tom's can be taken. If however you see a bearded hen, you are free to take it. But that's the only way anyone in NC will be shooting a hen legally.
 

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Just like antlerd Deer, any bearded hen is legal is arkansas.  I try not to shoot them now,  sometimes you just can't resist.
 

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It's the same in Missouri, it's legal to take  a "Bearded" turkey or a gobbler during the spring season.   Some Gobblers don't have beards for some reason, but if it's a male turkey, he's legal  (anything is legal in the Fall Season, hen or gobbler)

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 Hey Tinhorn,You want to be carefull,I have heard hens Gobble,That would be a tuff one to explain.:surprised-purple:
 

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Here in mass we can take both in the fall season given the fact you have not allready taken one (Gobbler) in the spring.
(hens Gobble)??

(Edited by woodsman at 6:27 am on May 14, 2002)
 

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 They are able to gobble Yes, and i have seen it once,And I was surprised,I didnt know they could or would gobble,it was during bow season and i think it was out of frustration more than anything.
 

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I shot a bearded hen a few years ago, I thought it was a jake and it was my last day to hunt. I think they should let you shoot another bird, if your first one was a bearded hen! But, I ended up getting a nice tom in the fall season, so I guess it all evened out!
 

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I shot a bearded hen a few years ago that had a 7" beard on it.  In WV you can take two birds in the spring (both must be bearded and only one per day).  In the fall we can take 1 bird of either sex.

That is a great picture.
 

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We had chickens when I lived at home and Old Hens would start crowing and grew waddles, just like roosters, so I bet old Turkey Hens mite do something similiar.

I also got a bearded hen that had a 6" beard and was pretty heavy for a hen.

Here is a Pix of a Gobbler (Male) my Movement Camera got the other day that is so perfect, it looks like a fake!

http://www.nightowl.net/~tinhorn/Gobbler.jpg

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 Now that is a great pic,to bad you didnt see him in range during the season.he will be there this fall though.
 


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