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Long Beards

Will you look at that?!  The calendar already says it is mid-April.  Those of you who know me, know that my constant obsession with all things fish and fishing is about to be replaced with an obsession with big beautiful birds that go “GOBBLE-OBBLE-OBBLE”.

Saw this photo on the interwebs and believe this will be my goal for this spring turkey season:

Photo found on the interwebs. I do not remember where or who, sorry.

Pretty sure that tom actually was tripping over his beard!

Oh, I suppose some of you doubters out there might think that photo was phony.  Would you think it phony if I told you I once took a Tom that had an almost 20-inch beard?


OK, it was a bird that had multiple beards, six of them to be exact.  Yes, most of them were relatively small, but if you laid them all end to end, they would have added up to 19 7/8 inches of beard!


Over the years, I have killed several toms with multiple beards.  Most only had two or three, but multiple beards are not unheard of.  However, it has been several years since I have taken a multi-bearded Tom.  Maybe this year?

Gotta go, pretty sure I just heard a turkey gobble!  Have a great weekend, hope you get in the field or on the water!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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