Why in the world are we still permitted to shoot bearded hens given the known decline in our turkey population. Waterfowl hunters are made to determine sex of a bird on the wing, often in very low light. With even very minimal research and study of wild turkeys ANYONE can tell a bearded hen from a male bird. The “bearded turkey” portion of the law is only there to protect the ignorant. We hold waterfowl hunters to a clearly much more difficult standard. I’m not at all bashing those who have shot bearded hens. I’m advocating for a change going forward.