Rare White Wild Turkey Taken by Tennessee Hunter

By author of Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Have You Heard About This Unique Wild Turkey?

As reported by WVTM 13 News, Tennessee hunter Cameron Bond tagged a 20-pound white gobbler this month.

Courtesy photo Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

The late Lovett E. Williams, Jr. wrote extensively on color mutations in wild turkeys:

Off-colored wild turkeys are seen from time to time. The "smoke gray" mutant is the most commonly reported. It is an incomplete albino with normal black markings and normal-colored eyes, but lacks the brown colors due to genetic mutation . . . Other types of incomplete albinism have been reported in which single feathers were white or entire specimens were mostly white. (The Book of the Wild Turkey)

This special gobbler is one such turkey.

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