North Carolina teenager bags 18.5-pound turkey on opening day of youth hunting season. Bet you’ve never seen wings like these!
When opening day trout season coincides with the start of youth turkey hunting season, some fun and thrills are sure to take place. For 13-year-old Branson Miller of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, catching trout in the morning was just a prelude to what would happen later that day.
While hunting Piney Creek with his father, Brian Miller, the duo sent up a jake and hen decoy next to a Christmas tree farm. It didn’t take long before a gobbler came charging in.
Using an NWTF model New England Firearms 20-gauge shotgun, the lucky teenager pulled the trigger on a rare color phase turkey – sporting white wings. “We didn’t know it had those white wings until Branson was running to it. I hadn’t even noticed it yet when he yelled “look at his wings!” the elder Miller said.
The unique Tom weighed in at 18.5 pounds – Branson’s largest to date – and sported a 9-inch beard.
Definitely one father-son memory that will last a lifetime.