April 28, 2011 at 8:27pm
For the last 2 evenings I have seen a Bearded Hen and her 4 Jakes companions where i'm hunting. She has about a 7 or 8 inch pencil Beard. I would assume that she is nesting and she is a legal Bird. I have always heard that a bearded hen falls in the catagory of a Non-Typical Buck (Only 10 to 20 percent of Hens will Grow Beards)...My friend has 1 mounted...I told a few friends and they say 'Shoot Her' Thats a Trophy!!! But what do you guys think? 1 of the Jakes about got his self killed because I have a moto....'Gobble like a Big Bird---Take a dirt Nap like a Big Bird' I had the safety off and decided not to shoot even though he had a long Snood and A Good Gobble but he was still a Jake with a incomplete Fan...If he hadn't went into strut i would have shot him for a mature bird with beard-rot....Man i'm glad i didn't...Be a Nice 2 year old next year...If i don't take the bearded Hen, I hope she makes it as well.