Shooting a jake?

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunters Forum' started by Ben Perez, May 6, 2013.

  1. gooseaholic

    gooseaholic Elite Refuge Member

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    I shot a nice adult gobbler that didn't even have a bump where the beard should have been.

    He had a nice full fan, 1-1/16" spurs, and weighed 19.5#.
     
  2. dakndug

    dakndug Moderator Moderator

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    a gobblers head is so much larger and more nodular that a hens. Once I see a silhouette of it's head I can 99.9% of the time tell ya male or female. It'll be red/white and/or blue, but you can bet all 3 will be present more likely. As for the beard, in Maryland "only bearded turkeys may be taken in the spring."

    Doug
     
  3. xcallmaker

    xcallmaker Senior Refuge Member

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    Well I guess there are always exceptions to the rule:tu
     
  4. Ben Perez

    Ben Perez Elite Refuge Member

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    I have definitely heard of beard rot.

    In the end, lets hope you are not a jake in NC or VA on Saturday:reader:reader
     
  5. Burm

    Burm Senior Refuge Member

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    IA is the same. Male or bearded turkeys. So if you shoot a bearded hen, you're fine, if you shoot a beardless jake or tom, you're fine. As long as it's legal and you earned it, you deserve it.

    --Burm
     
  6. ToxicShot

    ToxicShot Elite Refuge Member

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    Saw 2 jakes at 20 yds. this morning....exact same size, one had the typical jake beard and the other had none. Put the bead on one and said nah.....still have 3 weeks. :yes
     
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    Chenhyperborea Elite Refuge Member

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    In Minnesota the regs state "birds must have a VISIBLE beard" .... there are beardless Toms out there .....
     
  8. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    I was "incorrect" on my 1st. reply, REGS. in SC, say "Gobbler" .. so that it is:doh;):clap
     
  9. Ben Perez

    Ben Perez Elite Refuge Member

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    What is considered a gobbler then? Some call a bird with a 7 inch beard a "super jake" while others say it is a gobbler? Wouldn't this cause some confusion?
     
  10. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    If it "Gobbles", it's legal:tu
    That being said, I wonder if all that are shot, have gobbled, from responding to calling, or just on their own??:l

    I had 6 jakes, side by side and fanned out, 8'-12' apart, comming across a worked and planted corn field last week in Michigan. What a sight:eek:
    Never heard a gobble all morning there. Sure wish I had filmed it!! ;)
    Oh, and I don't shoot jakes;)
     

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