Can You Spot a Jake?

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Ben Sobieck
 
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Can You Spot a Jake?

Postby Ben Sobieck » April 1st, 2009, 8:56 am

Can You Pick Out a Jake?

It can be tough to tell if the turkey coming to your call is a jake, two year old or gobbler. Between the weeds and the weather, it takes years of experience to train the eye. According to the turkeyandturkeyhunting.com poll, most people have got it.

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How do you tell the difference? Thorough research? Time in the field?



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RE: Can You Spot a Jake?

Postby mark hay » April 1st, 2009, 12:34 pm

both research and time in the field have enabled me to determine the difference .
if he is strutting , i look first at the tail fan.
if he is walking in folded up , i try to judge by body size and also try to profile the beard.
if he is out of sight and gobbling , his gobble will sometimes give away his age , as a jake , though i have seen and heard jakes that sounded like older birds.
in the fall , i look for that pink face , beard , feather color , and size. if it is a fall brood flock ,,,,i'll give out a KEE KEE run gobble . i've seen it make all the jakes gobble and go into fighting.
 
the time spent in the woods observing flocks ; listening to them ; watching their body language and mannerism really sets the hook on the research in books and magazine articles .
 
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RE: Can You Spot a Jake?

Postby camofry » April 2nd, 2009, 11:14 am

I think it would scare me to see a turkey hunter say they could NOT tell the difference between the two.


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