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#6231734 - 03/21/16 05:15 PM Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring?
Tophers Offline
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Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 120
I have seen a few in my life turkey hunting in the spring but never pulled the trigger on a bearded hen. I always ask myself every year if I will. I'm still not sure, so I'm asking you, would you? Why n why not. Thanks

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#6231758 - 03/21/16 05:32 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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Loc: texas
Yes, because I haven't Turkey hunted much and it would be nice to say I have that under my belt. Probably wouldn't shoot anther one after that.
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#6231803 - 03/21/16 06:04 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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No. Hens lay eggs. Produce more turkeys. More turkeys = more targets for me!
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#6231817 - 03/21/16 06:12 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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Registered: 09/03/14
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If I knew for sure she wasn't sitting on a nest I wouldn't have a problem with it. That's my hang up.

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#6231819 - 03/21/16 06:14 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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We have a few that hang around our place. We declared them off limits. They are rare to see and we decided there was no need to make them more rare.
I read on this forum once that bearded hens make for more multi-bearded toms. I do not know if it is true on not, but we do see a three bearded tom every few years.
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#6231842 - 03/21/16 06:36 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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I always shoot the first legal birds I see. They all eat the same.

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#6232067 - 03/21/16 09:21 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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Registered: 12/05/06
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Been there, done that. Twice. I doubt one bird makes or breaks a population and bit of the ones I killed had 7+" beards. I thought it was cool. Now I just think they stink.
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#6232082 - 03/21/16 09:30 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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I'd shoot a hen hen in the spring of it was ok
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#6232091 - 03/21/16 09:34 PM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
Tim9880 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/12
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I have. In a downpour after watching her in a field alone for 45 minutes. Called it a day and chased toms the next.

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#6232227 - 03/22/16 12:51 AM Re: Would you shoot a beared hen in the spring? [Re: Tophers]
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
Shot one when I was in College but have let all the ones since then go. See a few every year on the place in Eastland County. A few years ago there were 3 of them in one flock in the fall. Fall turkeys get a pass from me since they are a lot more fun to call in during the Spring
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