Don't shoot until you see that it is a turkey beard
Early roaches were made of graduated lengths of porcupine guard hair or turkey beard
and decorated with an outer row of deer tail hair that was typically white or dyed red.
Really, the reason should be as obvious as an 11-inch turkey beard
. Telltale movements likely have saved the lives of more sharp-eyed turkeys than any other single factor.
They enjoy the meat, yet they keep and display the turkey beards
, deer antlers, bear hides, etc.
I was easily able to judge deer antlers and turkey beards
from long range, and even used them to locate arrows after shots.
New on the program this year is a contest in which prizes will be awarded for the longest and shortest turkey beards
and spurs brought to the event in both adult and junior hunter categories.
The state does keep harvest information of interest to hunters such as weights, number of antler points, and length of turkey beards
Antlers and turkey beards
look very different to the naked eye than they do through binoculars especially when the light is just arriving or quickly fading.