Last year was a tough one for Rio Grande’s and spring turkey hunters alike. Severe drought conditions meant fewer turkey and less amorous toms to be called up. There were no winners in the 2011 Battle of the Beards.
With the March 31 start of the spring season in North Texas, wild turkey numbers are already up. Now is the time to enter the competition.
This will be the third year for The Battle, an event designed for local hunters confident they can out hunt the pros.
The competition is divided into adult and youth categories. Hunters participating in the Battle of the Beards must bag their bird in the same time frame as the celebrity teams and turkeys will be graded under the same system.
Turkey’s entered must be harvested in Clay, Archer, Jack, Montague or Wichita County.
The winner of the Battle of the Beards and the winner of the World Championship go head-to-head, or on this case, turkey-to-turkey. The winner of the Battle of the Beards will receive a fan mount of their bird from Braden Cecil’s Pioneer Wildlife Studio.
The competition is $10 for adults and $5 for hunters 17-and-under. Official weigh-ins are scheduled for April 19 and 20, noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce caboose; and April 21, at 2 p.m. on the courthouse square.
To enter, contact the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce at (940) 538-5261, or go to hccchamber.org. Entry forms can be downloaded here.