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#2825862 - 05/10/12 02:47 PM Check this guy out.
Waterfowler22
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When to a buddy house this morning to do a little huntin. We got on a bird on the limb, got within 80 or 90 yards from him on the limb. I hit the call, he cut me off, I hit it again he cut my off. I heard him take off flying, he fly right to us land about 40 yards. When he blew up in strut it shocked me I thought to myself what in the world. About 5 mins later I shot, walked up and was amazed.

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#2825872 - 05/10/12 03:02 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Waterfowler22]
timberjack86
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Congrats! Are you hunting out of state?That sure doesnt look like an eastern
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#2825874 - 05/10/12 03:03 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: timberjack86]
Waterfowler22
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he was killed in north cheatham county
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#2825876 - 05/10/12 03:07 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Waterfowler22]
timberjack86
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Wow Thats some nice color on that bird! He looks like a merriams! Congrats again!
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#2825879 - 05/10/12 03:09 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: timberjack86]
Waterfowler22
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Thanks man
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#2825882 - 05/10/12 03:17 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: timberjack86]
Andy S.
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Interesting. Are his legs and feet as white as the one appears to be in the photo? If that is a foot I am seeing, it appears to be lacking the pink hue commonly seen in eastern wild turkey's feet/legs.

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#2825886 - 05/10/12 03:21 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Andy S.]
Waterfowler22
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Well part of his leg is a kill tag, but his feet have some pink in them not alot
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#2825891 - 05/10/12 03:25 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Waterfowler22]
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Congrats.
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#2825893 - 05/10/12 03:29 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Beekeeper]
Andy S.
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Gotcha. I thought that may be a kill tag I was seeing but was not sure. Congrats on your kill.
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#2825944 - 05/10/12 04:58 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Waterfowler22]
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That's crazy looking if it's definitely 100% eastern. If so have it mounted. Looks like a cross-breed between an eastern and a merriam. Congrats!
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#2826019 - 05/10/12 07:20 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: ]
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That ain't no cross breed, that is a merriams. Congrats.
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#2826038 - 05/10/12 07:37 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: YEKRUT]
Waterfowler22
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I don't know what he is, but when he would gobble it sound like they all the other toms around here. It wasn't high pitched at all.
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#2826159 - 05/10/12 10:15 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: ]
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Beautiful bird man, congrats.
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#2826177 - 05/10/12 10:32 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: YEKRUT]
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Now that is some interesting color! Wow...super bird.
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#2826239 - 05/11/12 03:24 AM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Boll Weevil]
Waterfowler22
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weight- 18
beard- 9 in paintbrush
spur- 1 in
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#2826270 - 05/11/12 06:08 AM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Waterfowler22]
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looks like a merriams for sure, thats wild!
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#2826487 - 05/11/12 11:16 AM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Gravey]
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awesome, congrats
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#2826616 - 05/11/12 02:30 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: easy45]
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Looks like someones "pet" to me
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#2826630 - 05/11/12 02:50 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: ]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: curdogtn
Looks like someones "pet" to me
x2. That was my initial thought as well. I did not post it at that time because I did not want to come across as a hater, naysayer etc. With that said, congrats again on the bird.
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#2826687 - 05/11/12 04:28 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Andy S.]
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yep it might be tame
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#2826724 - 05/11/12 06:15 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: RAFI]
Waterfowler22
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That's what we thought it may be but, the road he lives on has two house on it for two miles and that's it. His and his dads. So we don't know if he was tame, where would he come from?
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#2826732 - 05/11/12 06:40 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Gravey]
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Great bird \:\)
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#2826827 - 05/11/12 10:01 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Waterfowler22]
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Someones pet got loose......
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#2826875 - 05/12/12 12:19 AM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: ]
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Hey guys, going on my 5th year turkey hunting, so pardon my ignorance. But...do you seriously think it is tame, or am I missing the joke. If your serious, why would you think it is? Also, can someone on here say for sure that it is a merriam? It sure looks like it is. Again, pardon my ignorance, but have you guys killed or seen killed any other birds in TN other than Eastern? Just curious...Anyway, beautiful bird.
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#2826878 - 05/12/12 12:38 AM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Killminister]
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I'm on my 2nd year turkey hunting and here's my 2 cents...

He's not heavy like a merriam, or are merriams not always big birds? Could just be an interesting white phase bird. I've seen some birds that were mostly white (silver phase) but still had some color. I wonder if this is just a natural phase or a bit of domestic genes bred into the wild flock. Wouldn't assume it's someone's pet, and if it is, then it got loose and is up for killing IMO...


Here are the ones I saw, much more white but still cool looking



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#2827270 - 05/12/12 06:38 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: ]
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Ive raised several turkeys over the years and i can guarantee its not tame because it only weighed 18 pounds
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#2827287 - 05/12/12 06:54 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Rockhound]
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Most tame gobblers that i have seen do not have beards. pretty bird
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#2827414 - 05/12/12 09:07 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: muddyboots]
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I'd say it was tame.
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#2827421 - 05/12/12 09:10 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: muddyboots]
timberjack86
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
Most tame gobblers that i have seen do not have beards. pretty bird
Every tame gobbler I have ever seen has had a beard


Edited by timberjack86 (05/12/12 09:11 PM)
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#2827624 - 05/13/12 08:22 AM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: muddyboots]
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
Most tame gobblers that i have seen do not have beards. pretty bird


That is my thoughts exactly,I have seen white in wild turkeys quite often..that bird looks more then 18 pounds.
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#2827858 - 05/13/12 04:10 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Killminister]
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 Originally Posted By: Killminister
Hey guys, going on my 5th year turkey hunting, so pardon my ignorance. But...do you seriously think it is tame, or am I missing the joke. If your serious, why would you think it is? Also, can someone on here say for sure that it is a merriam? It sure looks like it is. Again, pardon my ignorance, but have you guys killed or seen killed any other birds in TN other than Eastern? Just curious...Anyway, beautiful bird.



Because I have seen first hand other species in Tn that were pen raised.... for whatever the purpose.... maybe that is the case and it escaped it's pen.... being a turkey, he went and mingled with the native population.
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#2828014 - 05/13/12 08:12 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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I am betting a wild hen got mixed up with a tame tom. Hens travel quite some distance, so it doesn't have to be from near by.

BTW, I would have shot it and been proud of it. It's a good bird and probably as wild as the rest in woods.
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#2828157 - 05/13/12 11:15 PM Re: Check this guy out. [Re: whiskey]
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 Originally Posted By: whiskey
BTW, I would have shot it and been proud of it. It's a good bird and probably as wild as the rest in woods.


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