Paul Rouse of Bryan’s Road, Maryland, harvested a bearded hen (pictured, right) with a 7 1⁄2-inch beard and asked how rare they are. Dr. Tom gives us the statistics behind bearded hens and a few notes on their ability to reproduce
Whether you’ve scoured the internet for the best way to get turkeys on your property or if you’re an ardent follower of the NWTF’s conservation mission, you have more than likely come across the phrase “early successional habitat.”
Texas hunter Johnny Johnson submitted photos of wings from two adult Rio Grande gobblers harvested within a mile from each other in west Texas. Johnny noticed the barring on the wings were quite different and wondered what might have caused the difference on these Rios? Dr. Tom weighs in.
An extra appendage is referred to as a supernumerary appendage (more appendages than normal). Neither of us is likely to ever see another example of this type of abnormality in a wild turkey as it is extremely rare.
Friday at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show’s Conservation Conference, various state wildlife agencies and universities presented details of conservation projects with the NWTF. The presentations were part of the conference’s Wild Turkey Research seminar.
I have been hunting spring gobblers for 40-plus years, and just about every gobbler I’ve ever shot, including lots of jakes, has had his breast void of feathers, exposing white skin over the bone and cartilage of the front of their breast.
This Kansas longbeard never gobbled during his approach, but drumming from behind the hunter gave him away. Paying attention to nonverbal clues can spell the difference between a successful day and a blown opportunity.