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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s being called the “turkey of a lifetime” by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
That’s how officials described a rare leucistic gobbler killed by a hunter in Rutherford County last week.
Cameron Bond of Warren County shot the unusual bird on April 6.
Leucism in birds, according to the wildlife resources agency, is a loss of pigmentation. It is a genetic abnormality.
The beard on the turkey Bond killed was dark, and the back feathers still held some color.
Bond said the turkey weighed 20 pounds. It’s beard measured 9½ inches and its spurs were three-quarters of an inch.
Spring turkey hunting season in Tennessee opened March 31 and continues through May 1.
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