You’re fall turkey hunting, with an unused tag in your pocket. A brood hen with just two late-hatch birds-of-the-year walk by early in the season. It’s a small group for sure, obviously the result of either predation, cold wet weather, or both.
Either-sex turkeys are legal . . . do you:
(A) Shoot the adult hen and let the two young birds fend for themselves?
(B) Shoot one of the young birds, and let the adult hen and survivor go their way?
(C) Pass on the opportunity, savor the experience, hold out for a gobbler, or bigger family flock, and possibly eat that tag?
All options are legal. What do you choose to do? Fill the tag fast? Hold out for a brag bird? Possibly go skunked for the season?—Steve Hickoff