Bearded hen

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by BigDaddy, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. BigDaddy

    BigDaddy Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Posts:
    1,369
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin Minnesota
    I have had a bunch of guys tell me this is a bearded hen. What do you think?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. huntem steady

    huntem steady Newb

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2017
    Posts:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dislikes Received:
    0
  3. CoveyMaster

    CoveyMaster Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2013
    Posts:
    7,712
    Likes Received:
    267
    Dislikes Received:
    4
    Location:
    MO/KS state line
    I thought it was a unicorn.
     
    foodplot19 likes this.
  4. P&YChaser

    P&YChaser Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Posts:
    233
    Likes Received:
    20
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Central Wisconsin
    Looks like a bearded hen to me too.
     
  5. MOBU

    MOBU Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2014
    Posts:
    199
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    To the left of my printer(Prairie Farm WI)
    Feathers: The only sure way to tell a gobbler from a hen is to examine the lower breast feathers. The tips of male turkeys are black whereas in hens they are white or buff colored. Although differences can be seen at some distance if binoculars or a spotting scope is used, sex identification via breast features might not be useful when gobbler or spring seasons are underway. Once you have a bird down in an either sex fall hunt, the best way to identify its sex is by the breast feathers.

    http://www.thejump.net/turkeyarticles/how-to-tell-gobbler-hen.htm
     
  6. foodplot19

    foodplot19 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2014
    Posts:
    4,048
    Likes Received:
    112
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Central Missouri
    It appears to be a bearded hen to me as well. What does it have for spurs?
     
  7. elkguide

    elkguide Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Posts:
    4,294
    Likes Received:
    194
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vermont
    It's going to taste great. Congratulations.

    We had 6 bearded hens in one flock of 38 birds that I watched last fall on several occasions.
     
    CoveyMaster likes this.
  8. Whitetail

    Whitetail Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Posts:
    949
    Likes Received:
    23
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Northern Wisconsin
    Spurs????
     
  9. BigDaddy

    BigDaddy Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Posts:
    1,369
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin Minnesota
    No spurs at all.
     
  10. CoveyMaster

    CoveyMaster Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2013
    Posts:
    7,712
    Likes Received:
    267
    Dislikes Received:
    4
    Location:
    MO/KS state line
    It must be a lot more common than most think, we have a lot of them here as well. I get three or four on cameras regularly.
     
    foodplot19 likes this.
  11. foodplot19

    foodplot19 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2014
    Posts:
    4,048
    Likes Received:
    112
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Central Missouri
    Same here Covey. It is a fairly "normal" thing here. There is one particular hen here that has a 6" beard on her.
     
  12. fletch920

    fletch920 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Posts:
    7,011
    Likes Received:
    263
    Dislikes Received:
    5
    Location:
    iowa
    Hen for sure. Hens and gobblers actually look nothing alike. The feathers on the neck, waddles, snood, spurs, color, shape and size are all different. In some areas, up to 10% of hens will have a beard. Not uncommon here. Congrats on getting a bird.
     
  13. Invisible man

    Invisible man Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2014
    Posts:
    250
    Likes Received:
    4
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SoCal
  14. Hillbilly Jedi

    Hillbilly Jedi Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2014
    Posts:
    1,722
    Likes Received:
    72
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Northern CA, United States
    Ya congrats man! Bearded hens are a bit more scarce so well done. In 4 years turkey hunting hard, I've only seen one bearded hen and missed her. Any bearded bird out here is legal in the spring. But ya that's a lady with the feathers that far up the neck. Can't always count on spurs to tell the difference either. I shot a tom with an 8 inch beard this year and no spurs at all.
     
  15. blackbear

    blackbear Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2017
    Posts:
    69
    Likes Received:
    11
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Nice


    Sent from my iPad using Bowhunting.com Forums
     

Share This Page