A hunter in Rutherford County, Tenn., managed to bag the “turkey of a lifetime” less than a week into the state’s hunting season.
On April 6, Cameron Bond of Warren County shot and killed the wild-looking turkey, which reportedly had a condition known as leucism, resulting in a partial loss of pigmentation, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
“WHOA! TURKEY OF A LIFETIME!” the agency wrote on social media, along with a description of the bird’s weight and measurements (20 pounds with a 9.5-inch beard and .75-inch spurs).
A photo of Bond holding the turkey shows its feathers to be nearly all-white, save for spots on its hind feathers. The TWRA added that the gobbler’s beard was also darker.
Tennessee’s turkey-hunting season began March 31 and runs through May 12, according to the TWRA.
News of Bond’s rare turkey follows that of a hunter in Mississippi who bagged a leucistic gobbler in mid-March. That hunter – as well as the newspaper that initially interviewed him, the Clarion-Ledger – came under fire from TV commentator and ESPN personality Keith Olbermann, who called for his Twitter followers to make the hunter’s life “a living hell.” Olbermann had also expressed his desire for the writer of the interview to be fired from the Clarion-Ledger.
ESPN later confirmed that it had “spoken to [Olbermann] about making personal attacks.” He later apologized for his tweets.