This question was asked on another forum and the best answer I have ever seen was posted by a guy that goes by Neill Prater.
Here is his response;
This discussion seems to pop up at least once a year on every turkey hunting forum. The whole idea of spring hunting is to bag a gobbler, not a hen, bearded or otherwise. Those regulations are written not to promote the killing of hens, but rather to give some leeway to anyone who makes an honest mistake. I'm sure the mindset of those writing the laws is that occasionally, someone is going to shoot a bird with a beard, honestly believing it to be a gobbler, then find it is in fact a hen. If the law says "gobblers only", as some states do, then the hunter is faced with a dilema. Should he tag the bird? Should he turn himself in? Should he simply leave it laying and hope no one saw him? Should he just try and sneak the bird home?
In my opinion, shooting a bearded hen intentionally in the spring is the same as shooting any hen in the spring. Biologically, they are identical.
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on April 20th, 2013, 9:48 am, edited 1 time in total.
As far as this turkey thing......I know enough...to know enough...that I don't know enough