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Rare White Turkey Shot by 14-Year-Old Missouri Girl

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Rare turkey shot in Excelsior Springs Missouri.

It’s not every day one sees a snow-white wild turkey. It’s even rarer for a hunter to shoot one. But that’s just what 14-year-old Anna White (What a coincidence on the last name!) shot near Excelsior Springs during the state’s youth spring turkey season.

The tom, Anna’s third turkey, was taken on the morning of April 8 on private property. Amazingly, this wasn’t the first white turkey seen on the property. “I’ve seen a few white hens, but that was years ago,” Paul White told KTTN. “But I’d never seen a white gobbler. I started calling and in a few minutes he stepped out in front. She made a good shot.”

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KTTN

The experience was likely made all the more special because Anna shared it not only with her father, but also her sister Aleena.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trophy,” Paul told the station.

KTTN reports the bird was probably not a true albino, but simply a white phase turkey. The family didn’t check to see if the bird had the pink eyes of an albino.

White wild turkeys are rare, but a few do seem to pop up every season. One was shot in North Carolina last year. Another turkey shot in the same state had white wings.

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Rare White Turkey Shot by 14-Year-Old Missouri Girl