Have You Ever Named a Spring Gobbler You've Hunted?
As hunters we sometimes encounter wildlife with notable physical characteristics or behaviors that beg for a nickname. Wild turkeys are no exception. Lover Boy, Squints, Selleck and Curly were some of my favorite photography subjects who earned a special moniker that set them apart. Turkeys I’ve hunted that shame my hunting skills often earn a saltier version. The gobbler featured in this gallery had such a distinct skull cap, or crown, that his name choice was a no-brainer — Cool Whip.
Click through the gallery to learn more about the life of a wild turkey gobbler named after a dessert topping.
Editor's note: Though "Cool Whip" was first photographed by award-winning photographer Tes Randle Jolly over a decade ago in 2007 and in the years after — she last saw him in April 2010 — it's memorable gobblers like this one that are timeless. If you're a wild turkey hunter, you know what we mean.