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Mississippi Hunter Tags 4-Bearded Gobbler

After pursuing a gobbler he had seen on his trail camera for three weeks, Hunter Hood had no idea exactly what he was getting until he picked up the harvested tom.

A hunter out of Wesson, Miss., tagged a rare, four-bearded gobbler. After a three-week pursuit, Hunter Hood's patience finally paid off. According to the Clarion-Ledger, Hood and his hunting buddy had seen images of the tom on trail cameras, but things weren't coming together in the woods. Like many of this season's turkeys, Hood's gobbler was typically silent except for one early-morning gobble.

The morning of the hunt, the four-bearded bird followed his usual pattern and fell into silence. Hood and his friend hunted more vocal birds to no avail. It was getting close to quitting time, almost time for work, so the pair headed back to the car. That is exactly when bird decided to get vocal, and did so just 75-yards away.

After one call, and in less than two minutes, the turkey was in Hood's sights.

Hood told the newspaper that the tom came over a little ridge in the food plot by himself, and as soon as he saw him, he shot him.

Hood said he had no idea just how rare of a bird he had, completely unaware of the four beards until he picked him up. The beards measured in at 10 1/2 inches, two at 6 1/2 and a fourth at 3 inches. The tom sported 1-inch spurs.

According to Pennsylvania's Game Commission, fewer than 10 percent of gobblers have multiple beards, and the most common number of multiples is two, although birds with up to eight beards have been reported.

Hunter Hood's 4-bearded gobbler

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1 Response to Mississippi Hunter Tags 4-Bearded Gobbler

Bub Edwards wrote:
June 25, 2014

I didn't realize that they were so rare. I killed one with four beards opening morning of Tennessee's season in 2014. I have been hunting Turkeys since 1979 and this was the first four bearded bird I have killed. There was another bird I'm assuming his brother that had multiple beards also. Good job Hunter and keep after them. There is nothing like the thunder of a gobble in the spring woods!! NOTHING!