Shooting a jake?

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  1. Ben Perez

    Ben Perez Elite Refuge Member

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    So the NC regulations say that you can only shoot male or bearded turkeys only(of course you can shoot bearded hens). My question is, if I have a male turkey come in with a red head but no visible beard, can I shoot it? A young jake might not have a visible beard but if it has a red head it still is a male turkey. Once I get up to it, I would probably be able to see a beard, correct?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. squatty420

    squatty420 Elite Refuge Member

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    Does the lack of a beard make it any less of a male?

    The wording of the rules seem pretty simple to me. You CAN shoot "male turkeys" OR "bearded birds"
     
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    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Our regulations (in California) say that you can only shoot a bearded turkey... If your regulations say you can shoot a male turkey OR a bearded turkey I would think a beard not need be present...

    I think since we get such an early hatch here, that it is uncommon to see a non-bearded Jake or Tom...
     
  4. Ben Perez

    Ben Perez Elite Refuge Member

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    Guess you guys are right! Thanks for the clarification!

    Didn't want to walk up on Mr. Green Jeans as they call him:dv:dv
     
  5. xcallmaker

    xcallmaker Senior Refuge Member

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    Ben, you have to remember that if a young male(jake) comes into you during turkey season that means he was hatched the year before maybe 10 months ago and if it is a male it will have a beard. The beard will usually be 2-4 inches but he will have a beard of some sort and yes sometimes seing a jakes beard at 20 to 25 yards is extremely hard.
     
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    auto5 Elite Refuge Member

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    Is the head always red?

    I've sure seen em blue.

    Heard they change color with mood.
     
  7. CUTTERS DADDY

    CUTTERS DADDY Elite Refuge Member

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    Not necessarily true. I've got a jake running around my house without a visible beard and seen him up fairly close. It has no spurs either but gobbles pretty good:l
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  8. CUTTERS DADDY

    CUTTERS DADDY Elite Refuge Member

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    The head/face is not always red, sometimes white but they will or can get red and do change and there is usually a bit of red somewhere on the throat area. Never seen a "red head/face" on a hen though...
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  9. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    SC has got to be a "bearded" male :tu..
    Finally, a couple of years ago they changed it to no bearded hens:clap
    The 2nd, and last bearded hen I shot, had an egg in her when I cleaned it, so it was no more bearded hens fer' me, from then on;)
     
  10. duckdawg1

    duckdawg1 Senior Refuge Member

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    This is not true at all. My buddy's first was a full fan mature Tom with 1" spurs and no beard visible. Once it was dead, we were in awe when the beard was just barely growing out of its breast skin. I think it had some type of beard rot. Mother Nature plays some cruel jokes.
     

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