Did you or anyone you know release birds out there in the past or are these the same birds of "yesterday"?Great question !!
Honestly there's been a nice mix of young and old. If I had to put number I'd say it's close to 50/50 on first year birds to second or third year birds... maybe a hair heavy on younger side.
But I can tell you we have shot some of the OLDEST birds I've ever seen this year. 1" spurs and longer... one had 1"plus spur and another set starting about 1/4" long.. double spur!! Crazy!!
The breasts on these birds are massive!!! Like they are body builders... not fatty... thick muscle.
We have noticed an uptick in running birds after being shot. Finding most but they just aren't going down easy.