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bearded hens

5/12/19 @ 7:26 PM
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woody59
woody59
USER since 1/17/12

Are bearded hens common? Hunting last week in Marinette county I saw 3 bearded hens on one property. I only saw one before seeing these 3. Just wondering if we had a bunch of cross dressers.

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5/15/19 @ 6:00 PM
1up
1up
USER since 7/22/06

2 years ago I had an unbearded  hen poke around my decoys and then go to full strut   I looked at it with my binocs from inside my tent blind and no way was it a jake  all feathers and facial coloration wrong  at least to me so no shot 


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5/14/19 @ 9:08 PM
BeerTownFyreman
BeerTownFyreman
USER since 6/15/01
Had 1 running around the house for 3 years. Called her "The Lunch Lady". Neighbor got her and aint seen one in the 3 years since.

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5/14/19 @ 5:22 PM
WelderGuy
WelderGuy
USER since 12/19/10

Bearded hen? I think they prefer to be called gender neutral!!  Lol

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5/14/19 @ 8:15 AM
redhook
redhook
USER since 12/25/09

DNR website states less than 5% of hens have beards and they can reproduce, I didn't see any info on genetics as far as them passing on that trait or if it comes from the Gobbler.

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5/13/19 @ 6:54 PM
icebelt
icebelt
USER since 10/22/13

They are confused, pretty soon they will want their own bathroom.

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5/13/19 @ 4:01 PM
gillfinder25
gillfinder25
USER since 12/17/09

Shot one the other day.

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5/13/19 @ 10:33 AM
FullDraw05
FullDraw05
USER since 10/10/17
first time ever hunting I passed on 3 of them, this was 10ish years ago.. now I see typically 3-4 each season.. Whether they not as uncomming as you'd think, or just more abundant due to the overall rise in Turkey numbers, i'm not sure.. but they're seem to be enough around. 

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5/13/19 @ 9:59 AM
Buckskin
Buckskin
USER since 5/19/04

It's obviously a genetic thing, so if it's passed on more will come... They are more common than you think, much more common than 1 in 10,000. My neighbor shot one last week and I saw one yesterday in same area.  I've seen as many as 4 in a winter flock.

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5/13/19 @ 8:30 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

We're seeing more and more female turkeys identifying as Toms these days. Accept it or you will be labeled a dinosaur!

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5/12/19 @ 10:34 PM
redhook
redhook
USER since 12/25/09

One in ten thousand is not that common, to see three is really uncommon. I have never seen one alive but my brother harvested one several years back. I just got back today from my turkey hunt in the same county as you, never heard one gobble all week but did fill my tag Friday afternoon as three Toms snuck in on my decoys.

Edited on 5/12/19 10:40 PM
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