as stated many times , i hunt most of our seasons on public areas. i've taken several jakes over the years as well as let some walk , and some that walked really made for a memorable hunt.
but as more grey shows in my short beard, and the more i learn about turkeys and turkey hunting, the more i want only longbeards, in either season.
there are some really old birds being taken in the private hills near my home. i'm still lookin' for that ''well hooked longbeard on public''.
i encouraged my boys to ''work what is workable'' when they first started. i think it helps with personal confidence to get that first or second bird no matter what it may be , jake or longbeard.