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Bearded Hen

Postby ilhunter » April 11th, 2013, 11:33 am

Where legal if you had the chance to shoot a big tom or bearded hen which one would you shoot.

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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby Limb Hanger » April 11th, 2013, 12:41 pm

Have had the opportunity and have passed; in my eyes that hen is breeding stock.
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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby ilhunter » April 11th, 2013, 1:45 pm

I had the chance 2 yrs ago now I have one hanging around with 5 other hens and a nice Tom and I am contemplating what to do if givin the chance again.

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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » April 11th, 2013, 2:27 pm

Scoot sent me a pic of the bearded hen he has runnin around his property. If given the chance to take a Tom and a bearded hen, the Tom wins everytime. If it's been a tough season with no turkeys taken, that bearded hen may suffer some lead poisoning?
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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby Cut N Run » April 11th, 2013, 2:48 pm

My buddy killed a bearded hen a few years ago at the lease. That's the last one I've seen. There was one around the horse farm a few years ago that I kept passing on.

I would probably hold off for a gobbler. Like Limb Hanger, they create more turkeys and are good breeding stock.

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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby kygobbler » April 12th, 2013, 3:32 am

I would shoot the gobbler without a doubt.
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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby retranger » April 12th, 2013, 2:15 pm

I would take a pic with cell phone and let the hen walk,,eat tag soup if I had to.
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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby dewey » April 12th, 2013, 9:52 pm

I shot a bearded in Kansas last spring but if a gobbler would have been with her I would have had shot the tom instead.

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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby BigBuckeye » April 18th, 2013, 3:12 pm

In TX, we can shoot hens in the fall season so I would pass during breeding season for sure.
I would probably only shoot a hen if I wanted to make something out of the wings, feathers etc. Wouldn't shoot one just to fill a tag.
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Re: Bearded Hen

Postby Gopherlongbeards » April 18th, 2013, 3:22 pm

In the spring I would let her walk. In the fall however, if I called her in and there were no jakes with her I would take her.


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