Last year, a North Carolina hunter harvested this once-in-a-lifetime turkey on opening day!
One Wilkes County man, Jacob Johnston of Traphill, had waited a long time for this once-in-a-lifetime turkey to march in front of his sights. Johnston, reportedly, had seen the white turkey multiple times leading up to the season.
“We had seen it several times over the past couple of months. It was usually with a small group of other gobblers, but it was the only white one,” Johnston said. “Every time we saw the bird, it was about two miles away from my family’s farm, so I didn’t really think I’d get the chance to shoot it.”
Johnston decided to see if he could roost some turkeys the evening before opening day, and had decided on a spot after hearing some gobblers.
“I had no idea it was the white turkey. I had roosted several turkeys in that same spot in the week or so leading up to the season, so I figured it was one of those,” Johnston said.
Sure enough, the following morning Johnston would receive the gift of a hunter’s lifetime. Johnston shot the bird at 30 yards with a Remington 870.
“It had a black beard and dark eyes, so it wasn’t an albino, but the body was solid white. It looks like it has some gray in the photos, but that’s just dirt. I think it was about a two-year-old bird. It weighed 18 pounds, had about a nine-inch beard and one-inch spurs,” Johnston said.
Johnston is having a full-body, half-strut mount made of the bird.
“I never thought I would get a chance to kill a turkey like that. I feel really lucky,” he said.