Is that a eastern tom? Very nice long beard looks close to 10"
It is indeed an Eastern Tom. The beard was 9.5 inches. The same friend that guided me through the hunt is also mounting the tail and beard. It may not be a great bird (not that I'd know) but its my first and it will be hung in a special place.
I am hooked.
Going again this saturday to see if I can get another. A couple of grad students from NC State University are going to film the hunt. They are majoring in forestry and wildlife or something along those lines. Not sure what the film will be used for but I want a copy
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....