i see this thread has made it back to the top...& in the past..yes i used to pass up every long beard/jake that i saw in the fall...now if you will go back to the pics of last fall you will see that my opinion has changed...now i shoot them as they come...be it hen or gobbler...allot of my tactics have changed in the last little bit...i no longer use dekes(& never will again) & i no longer pass gobs in the fall (i never will again)...& you couldn't pay me to sit in another blind in this lifetime....im sure more & more of my tactics will change as life goes on....i'm even pulling a hay & lookin for some non camo drab to hunt in this coming fall...seems traditional tactics are for me...[:)]
I prefer a big gobbler stalking his way towards me in the fall, over a lovesick one strutting in the spring. In the fall, the longbeards are in much better condition, they have all their feathers, no worn off breasts from fighting and breeding, or wingtips from dragging on the ground. I got a beautiful 2 y.o. tom last fall and every iridescent feather was perfect.
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