My First Turkey

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2011/11/15 19:27:57 (permalink)

My First Turkey

Was archery hunting Friday night and saw turkeys roosting.  So I decided to go after one Saturday morning.  Got this hen.








post edited by Panfisher - 2011/11/15 20:57:37

The only thing better than 1 day of fishing is 2 days of fishing.
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    bigbuck101
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/15 21:23:25 (permalink)
    Nice big bird. Most hunters seem to get the young ones. Congratulations.
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/16 07:20:22 (permalink)
    Great job!
     
    No need for a Butter Ball this Thanksgiving.

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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/16 07:55:09 (permalink)
    niiiice! that ought to feed a few on thinksgiving!

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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/16 17:09:33 (permalink)
    Congrats on your first turkey !
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/17 08:54:07 (permalink)
    Thanks.  60 years old and shooting my first black bird.   Never really hunted turkeys.  Shot at a couple.  Turkey hunting always got in the way of fishing.   lol
    post edited by Panfisher - 2011/11/17 10:28:08

    The only thing better than 1 day of fishing is 2 days of fishing.
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/17 17:00:20 (permalink)
    Congrats on the turkey. 

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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/17 17:45:16 (permalink)
    I'm not sure but that may not be a hen? It's has a broken fan(not full) so it is a young turkey not an adult.Did you scale it.It looks more like a young jake to me.It's really black not as brown as most hens.None the less congrats on your first bird.Hope you get many more.
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/18 09:10:34 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Big Tuna

    I'm not sure but that may not be a hen? It's has a broken fan(not full) so it is a young turkey not an adult.Did you scale it.It looks more like a young jake to me.It's really black not as brown as most hens.None the less congrats on your first bird.Hope you get many more.


    It weighed 11 lbs.   I looked for a beard, but could not find one.

    The only thing better than 1 day of fishing is 2 days of fishing.
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/18 09:14:35 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Big Tuna

    I'm not sure but that may not be a hen? It's has a broken fan(not full) so it is a young turkey not an adult.Did you scale it.It looks more like a young jake to me.It's really black not as brown as most hens.None the less congrats on your first bird.Hope you get many more.


    I think your right Tuna. Didn't notice that till you pointed it out. Any bumps were a spur might grow ?
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/18 21:08:58 (permalink)
    On young of the year birds, which this one is, you might not find even the start of a beard on a young jake.

    By the time the fall hunting season arrives though you look at the breast feathers to tell the young gobblers from the hens. Gobblers have breast feathers that will be tipped with black while hen breast feathers are tipped in brown.

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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/20 23:02:19 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: RSB

    On young of the year birds, which this one is, you might not find even the start of a beard on a young jake.

    By the time the fall hunting season arrives though you look at the breast feathers to tell the young gobblers from the hens. Gobblers have breast feathers that will be tipped with black while hen breast feathers are tipped in brown.

    R.S. Bodenhorn  


    What about indications of where a spur would grow ?
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/21 22:39:53 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Outdoor Adventures


    ORIGINAL: RSB

    On young of the year birds, which this one is, you might not find even the start of a beard on a young jake.

    By the time the fall hunting season arrives though you look at the breast feathers to tell the young gobblers from the hens. Gobblers have breast feathers that will be tipped with black while hen breast feathers are tipped in brown.

    R.S. Bodenhorn Â 


    What about indications of where a spur would grow ?


     
    Probably not going to find any spur indication on a fall Jake. The breast feathers are the only sure sign of sex unless you measure the length of the leg from the end of the middle toe to the bend of leg joint. It is considerably longer on a Jake than it is on a jenny.
     
    When banding juvenile birds in the early fall, before the breast feathers show color in the tips, the only way we can determine the sex of the young birds is by determining the degree of wing feather molt and measuring the leg length for a bird of that age based on the feather development.
     
    By the time fall hunting seasons are in though the young birds should all have the correct color in the breast feather tipping. Black tips on gobblers and brown tipping on the hen breast feathers.
     
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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/22 07:32:56 (permalink)
    RSB,

    Thank you for the detailed information.  Not being a turkey hunter, I know very little to nothing about them.   Now I am better informed.  It is always good to learn something.
     
    I actually got a turkey yesterday.  Now before anyone points out that the season is closed for bear hunting, it was a nice 14.5 pound Butter Ball. 
    post edited by DarDys - 2011/11/22 07:34:12

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    RE: My First Turkey 2011/11/22 08:28:31 (permalink)
    DID YOU TAG IT DarDys ? I like to see the tag in the pic,please. Enjoy your T day bird.We also have a 18.3 untagged bird ready to go.Much easier going to the Giant Eagle,bigger breast and already cleaned. lol
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