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#1310290 - 05/01/09 09:04 AM two full fan strutters in front of you
JA1234
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which would you shoot....One has a 4 inch beard that has brown tips indicating broke from dry rot or what ever it is ...so its clearly not a jake as the fan is full to....the other is not thin bearded, but not a rope yet at about 9-10 inches.

Both are close enough to see the spurs when they lift wings enough. Short broke beard bird has 1 and 1/4 inch spurs ...long beard bird has 3/4 spurs... I have had three people tell me I should have shot the long beard... for me its about the spurs.

nevertheless yesterday was a great day..I have gone twice and yesterday was the first I connected with...been to busy doing crap around the house to go. I think I will get out one more day or two and maybe get my son out a day...

anyhow here it is







Edited by Joey A (05/01/09 09:10 AM)
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#1310296 - 05/01/09 09:08 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: JA1234]
SALECREEKHUNTER
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You shot the right bird. congrats
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#1310304 - 05/01/09 09:14 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
Wrangler95
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Very nice gobbler,congrats!!!
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#1310314 - 05/01/09 09:18 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: Wrangler95]
buckdead
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nice bird. its all about the spurs man. ive shot 2 yr old birds with thick 12" beards, but they dont do it for me like the hooks on them 3 yr olds.
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#1310334 - 05/01/09 09:36 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: ]
JA1234
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Thanks guys...I love spur length too, and just last year started trying to tell before shot.
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#1310446 - 05/01/09 10:38 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: JA1234]
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Hard to beat a big ole thick beard, but you GOTTA love da hooks ! \:D
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#1310459 - 05/01/09 10:42 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: RUGER]
easy45
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congrats
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#1310475 - 05/01/09 10:57 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: easy45]
CBU93 Moderator
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Let em line up and take em both! \:D
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#1310518 - 05/01/09 11:42 AM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: CBU93]
JA1234
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that thought crossed mine mind before about 6 years ago on two really nice birds \:D
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#1310586 - 05/01/09 12:28 PM Re: two full fan strutters in front of you [Re: ]
VolDoug
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Either one, then go back later for the other one.

I'm a paintbrush-beard man myself, but that's probably because you'll rarely see spurs around here more than an inch, even on an old bird. Plus, I guarantee you won't have time to judge spur length prior to taking a shot where I hunt mostly, and frankly if I get to that point, it's time for me to quit.

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