That bird looks nice Brett...he is a lucky student.Since no one seems to be posting, I will put on a few from the past month.A few in process:The customer wanted an aggresive running pose on this one. Hen is in the breeding pose.28lb WI birdand a few finished birds
Nice work, but the hen headis painted wrong,looks too much like a gobbler head. just my 2 cents.
Might be getting off topic but thought this worth mentioning.Last fall through deer season I saw a bearded hen running with a group of toms. There were at least three other flocks of turkeys using this farm, hens with young of the year, a couple of other bearded hens in those flocks as well. This one bearded hen was always with the same group of toms. I finally saw her and the toms one afternoon with all the other hens/poults and confirmed what I thought I was seeing. She has gobbler plumage along with the beard. Now I know this all sounds crazy but I talked with a turkey biologist and he confirmed what I was seeing, a bearded hen with gobbler plumage. I never had heard of it previously but apparently it's possible. I got a bit of video of her late in the season. All I can tell you is it looks like a smaller gobbler but has a hens head, almost no snood, small wattles etc. but......very bright red/blue/white. That mounted hen appears to have black barred chest feathers too.http://youtu.be/MtVQ_VYHxH4By the way, I very much enjoy seeing all these great turkey mounts. For a turkey hunter like me this is some more eye candy! Thanks!