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Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:35 pm

Anyone ever witness a hen gobble or strut?

I have....
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:10 pm

Never gobble, but yes, I have seen them strut before.

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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby phutch30 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:56 am

Ive seen them strut several times. I did see a hen "gobble" once. It wasnt a real good one but it sounded somewhat like a gobble. IOne of the cooler things Ive seen a turkey do.
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby LA.Call'emClose » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:46 pm

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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:20 pm

phutch30 wrote:Ive seen them strut several times. I did see a hen "gobble" once. It wasnt a real good one but it sounded somewhat like a gobble. IOne of the cooler things Ive seen a turkey do.


When a hen gobbles...it is much higher pitch than a tom. Biologist claim that very old hens past peak breading age loose significant amounts of hormone production...kinda like women going through menopouse. Their feathers darken and they become more aggressive in the springtime...sometimes displaying male breeding traits like gobbling and strutting. Normal hens will strut ...puff up as a show of dominance in the pecking order. I've seen this too...one time when a young hen tried to use an old hen's favorite dust bowl in a sunny spot on a road on a cold spring morning. Rare sight indeed...

So don't let anyone tell you that hens don't strut and gobble.....
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby das mudhen » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:41 am

Not common, but I've seen 3-4 hens strut in full fan. I've also seen a few hens, maybe two, try to gobble a bit. It sounded like a soft and short gobble.

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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby A-Bomb » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:18 pm

Never heard one gobble, but i have definitely had them fan out and come into my calling like a tom...As it approached, im like, something aint quite right here...Then i got a good look...HEN?!?!?!?!!? :lol3:
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby stlOU » Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:02 am

I have seen a strut once, at very close range, I couldn't decide if it was a beardless tom or a Rosie O'Donnel hen.
Do hens have spurs?

I would imagine Rosie does
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:49 pm

stlOU wrote:I have seen a strut once, at very close range, I couldn't decide if it was a beardless tom or a Rosie O'Donnel hen.
Do hens have spurs?

I would imagine Rosie does


Very rare for a hen to have spurs...but the NWTF record books do have a few...That's probably one of the rarest traits in wild turkeys...
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby Super Dave 32 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:01 am

Never heard hens gobble but saw one strut last week. My buddy has a couple of DSD hen decoys -- they are unbelievable by the way. Every time that we have hunted with them, we have had hens and toms flog and peck them. A tom pecked one on the head so hard that it punched a hole in the decoy head! Anyway, we sat in a pop up blind trying to get one with a bow. 2 hens came up to the decoys and one of the hens started strutting around the decoys and even fanned a couple of times. She was in a fighting mood and pecked at the DSD a while then fanned a while. I hadn't seen a strutting hen before.
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Re: Hens gobbling and strutting...

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:19 pm

Super Dave 32 wrote:Never heard hens gobble but saw one strut last week. My buddy has a couple of DSD hen decoys -- they are unbelievable by the way. Every time that we have hunted with them, we have had hens and toms flog and peck them. A tom pecked one on the head so hard that it punched a hole in the decoy head! Anyway, we sat in a pop up blind trying to get one with a bow. 2 hens came up to the decoys and one of the hens started strutting around the decoys and even fanned a couple of times. She was in a fighting mood and pecked at the DSD a while then fanned a while. I hadn't seen a strutting hen before.


Classic aggressive hen strut!! :thumbsup:
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