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Fun hunt that started out damp but cleared up . Not a gobble fest but a 300 yard strutting show.

Great snood. 2 beards both fairly long and good hooks.

I'm having a tough but extremely enjoyable season. Seeing more Tom's than we've seen in years. They are just not gobbling much . These three coming in like this give me hope for better gobbling later in the week behind this incoming bad weather.

Bird Plant Terrestrial plant Beak Wood
Bird Plant Ecoregion Phasianidae Beak
 

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Nice work
 
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Great Snood, Congrats
 
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Snood Dudes.Usually Live Longer

The longer the snood, the longer the life
Turkeys are the only the species that gobbles and only the males can make that iconic sound. The call is supposed to resonate through different sounds and call attention to the bird making it. In fact, everything about the bird is supposed to stand out.

For example, the red, fleshy bit over the turkey's beak, called a snood, is meant to attract the attention of both mates and challengers. The longer the snood, the more likely a turkey is to succeed in the wild, even if red stands out to predators.

 

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Snood Dudes Usually Live Longer

Longer snoods indicate a turkey has better genes for survival, and will be more successful during mating season. The longer a turkey's snood, the more likely it is to know how to avoid predators and find food, leading to a longer life.

"The idea is if you make yourself really big, really gaudy looking, very loud, and you are attracting hens, but you are also attracting predators," Johnson said. "If you've been able to survive however long, looking as you do as a male turkey, you have good genes."
 
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