A hunter in Rutherford County, Tenn., managed to bag the “turkey of a lifetime” less than a week into the state’s hunting season.
On April 6, Cameron Bond of Warren County shot and killed the wild-looking turkey, which reportedly had a condition known as leucism, resulting in a partial loss of pigmentation, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
“WHOA! TURKEY OF A LIFETIME!” the agency wrote on social media, along with a description of the bird’s weight and measurements (20 pounds with a 9.5-inch beard and .75-inch spurs).
A photo of Bond holding the turkey shows its feathers to be nearly all-white, save for spots on its hind feathers. The TWRA added that the gobbler’s beard was also darker.
Tennessee’s turkey-hunting season began March 31 and runs through May 12, according to the TWRA.
News of Bond’s rare turkey follows that of a hunter in Mississippi who bagged a leucistic gobbler in mid-March. That hunter – as well as the newspaper that initially interviewed him, the Clarion-Ledger – came under fire from TV commentator and ESPN personality Keith Olbermann, who called for his Twitter followers to make the hunter’s life “a living ****.” Olbermann had also expressed his desire for the writer of the interview to be fired from the Clarion-Ledger.
ESPN later confirmed that it had “spoken to [Olbermann] about making personal attacks.” He later apologized for his tweets.
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