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Beards on female gobblers?

Shot what I thought was a male because of the beards, but once I got up close I realized it wasn't a male at all. What's the deal with this? Anyone ever had this happen to them? 

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from pineywoods wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Two years ago I had a flock with three bearded hens and watched them all fall. It's easy to tell them from gobblers, especially if they are together for comparison. The hens have the typical smaller build and duller coloring. Haven't seen them since.

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from Aaron1991 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

it happens a lot ive seen it quite a bit just like people ive seen a lot of weman with beards 2

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from long taxi ride wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the response. I was wondering the same thing myself. I shot a female with a beard in New York last year, but this year I'll be hunting in Maryland. Can't wait!

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from turkeyman wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Bearded hens are fairly common.Most states allow you to harvest them but make sure you check your regulations before you do so!
Good luck...

Mike Rayano
Quaker Boy Pro Staff
Mossy Oak Pro Staff
Clover S.C.

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from Aaron1991 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

it happens a lot ive seen it quite a bit just like people ive seen a lot of weman with beards 2

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from turkeyman wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Bearded hens are fairly common.Most states allow you to harvest them but make sure you check your regulations before you do so!
Good luck...

Mike Rayano
Quaker Boy Pro Staff
Mossy Oak Pro Staff
Clover S.C.

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from long taxi ride wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the response. I was wondering the same thing myself. I shot a female with a beard in New York last year, but this year I'll be hunting in Maryland. Can't wait!

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from pineywoods wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Two years ago I had a flock with three bearded hens and watched them all fall. It's easy to tell them from gobblers, especially if they are together for comparison. The hens have the typical smaller build and duller coloring. Haven't seen them since.

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