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Tennessee Hunter Tags White Turkey

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Another hunter bags a white turkey this season but this time in Tennessee

Cameron Bond of Warren County killed a wild white turkey in Rutherford County, Tenn. on April 6. The bird displays a condition called leucism.

White turkeys are oftentimes thought to be domestic, however every now and again these birds truly are leucistic. In other words they lose some or most of their pigmentation in their feathers.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency the bird weighed 20 pounds with a 9.5-inch beard and .75-inch spurs. A great bird indeed. The only noticeable places where there was any pigmentation was on the turkey's hind feathers and its beard.

WHOA! TURKEY OF A LIFETIME!Cameron Bond of Warren County, took a leucistic gobbler in Rutherford County last Saturday....

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Saturday, April 13, 2019

This is at least the second known leucistic bird harvested this season. The first one that made headlines this year was harvested by a Mississippi hunter in March. In fact a North Carolina hunter killed a beautiful white turkey in 2016 with similar characteristics.

If you came across this bird in the woods what would you do? Would you shoot or let it walk? We would love to hear your thoughts on the white turkey.

Like what you see here? Read more hunting articles by Nathan Unger at whitetailguruhunting.com. Nathan is also the host of the Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast.

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