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bullmoose38 01-18-2008 07:44 AM

Shoot or pass?
Are you going to shoot a jake or wait for the big boy? I will probably wait for a long beard here in PA.

farmcntry 01-18-2008 08:44 AM

With our population, I'm waiting.

Monie 01-18-2008 12:06 PM

I'll let webb tell me what to do, since it's in her backyard. lol

Great White Hunter 01-22-2008 05:20 PM

I will have to take a longbeard (anything with a 8"+ beard will be in danger. If I can I'll be looking at spurs. They score the most overall in the local contest where we hunt. Here's our formula.

Beard legth times 2 + spur times 10 + Spur times 10

Last year mine was 9.5' x 2 = 19
Left Spur .875 = 8.75
Right Spur .875 = 8.75

= 19 + 8.75+8.75 = 36.5 points for the contest

With a 11" beard it would have been 39.5
but with a 9.5" beard and 1.25" spurs

But...use my 9.5" beard with 1.125" spurs and you get = 41.5 points. You see? It's all in the dang spurs and most of the time you can't really see the spurs - and try to see that extra 1/4" at 40 yards! Well that's enough of my rant on scoring.:D

HuntnMa 01-22-2008 07:13 PM

i'll let them walk.........unless it's like the last day and i have no bird.......but hopefully i'll have my longbeard before then, so i won;t have to worry about've only shot one jake and i was tickled, but the walk out just wasn't the same.....

BRIAN34 01-22-2008 08:36 PM

this will be my first year turkey hunting, so i will not be to picky.

pbg40g 01-22-2008 09:07 PM


Originally Posted by BRIAN34 (Post 3218)
this will be my first year turkey hunting, so i will not be to picky.

Same here. My Bible study buddy will hopefully be there to tell me whether to shoot or not. I'll need him to teach me how to call, too, so I can call for him after he calls for me.

Mr. Longbeard 01-22-2008 09:16 PM

I will prob let the air out of the first legal bird that walks by me

RockyMtnGobblers 03-19-2009 01:58 PM

I have never gotten a Jake and want to shoot one one time but I don't know when that will happen as I am still hooked on long beards for now.

burrhead 03-20-2009 07:29 AM

Will definatley hold out for a long beard, ussually not a problem where I hunt.:D

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