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Smoke-Phase Turkey Harvested in Tennessee

One lucky hunter in Hardin County, Tennessee, recently harvested a once-in-lifetime gobbler.

Turkey hunting season is in full swing in many parts of the country and many hunters are having success. But 74-year-old Eddie Smith bagged a bird that'll likely have many other hunters green with envy.

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Smith's gobbler is a rare gray or "smoke" color variation. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency posted pictures of the awesome-looking tom on their Facebook page.

gray turkey
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The TRWA says this harvest is even more notable because 95 percent of turkeys with this color variation are hens. They also say gray turkeys are a natural variation found in the wild, much like an albino. It isn't a result of cross-breeding with a domestic animal.

"They do occur naturally in the wild as a genetic anomaly from recessive genes or mutations. Wild turkeys come in four color variations other than the standard color which includes a smoke phase, erythristic (red colored), melanistic (all black) and true albino. The smoke gray phase is the most commonly seen color variation in Tennessee," the post reads.

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One thing is for sure, Smith has what is likely a once-in-a-lifetime harvest with this bird. Congratulations to Eddie on taking such an awesome-looking turkey!

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Smoke-Phase Turkey Harvested in Tennessee