Unlucky Ladies- Hen Turkeys with Beards

Bearded turkeys are legal, but would you shoot one? Check out this really cool video.

Wild turkey beards are an unusual form of feather that feels more like whiskers than fluff.  All male turkeys grow them their first year and make identifying a yearling bird much easier.  Known as “jakes” these immature gobblers have beards of one to three inches in length.  As males turn two years old, their beards grow longer making a “tom” easier to identify.

About 10 percent of female turkeys grow beards according to the Audobon Society website, although that number seems high in my experience.  Would you shoot a bearded hen?  It’s probably legal, but is it ethical?  Download this video on your phone to help in the identification process.

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