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Recognizing Hens & Gobblers
It's easy to distinguish
a gobbler from a hen by the differences in their size, color, heads, and
For The 2004 4x4 Grand Slammer
|Wild Turkey Hen
The hen's overall look is
for camouflage and protection from predators. She is smaller and more drab
than the colorful gobbler, so she can sit on her nest and be well camouflaged.
Likewise, her head and neck have more feathers to add to her camouflaged
|Wild Turkey Gobbler
The gobbler is most easily
recognized by the long beard growing from his chest, and the pronounced
spurs, sometimes as long as two inches, found on the back of his legs.
A gobbler is larger, darker, shinier and more colorful than a hen, especially
on his head, which can alternately appear red, white and blue. He often
"puffs up" and struts during spring to attract hens for breeding.
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