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#11985305 - 04/20/17 White wild turkey?
260Remguy Offline
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Registered: 12/19/02
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Loc: NE
Saw a flock of wild turkey at the Chalco Hills Recreational Area with a white bird with a red head in the flock. I've never seen a white wild turkey before and wondered if anyone else had.

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#11985419 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
websterparish47 Offline
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Registered: 10/18/11
Posts: 5684
Loc: Northwest corner of Louisiana
I thought maybe the Game and Fish might have cross breed with domestic birds here. Saw a white one with bluish spots on it amongst a flock of more natural looking birds. Or maybe it was an albino.

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#11985470 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
chickasaw_hunter Offline
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Registered: 03/20/03
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Loc: Littleton, Colorado
Yep, I've seen several over the years in Stringtown Gulch west of Ft. Collins, CO.
Don't think they are as rare as White Buffalo, or hold the significance.
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#11985545 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
saddlering Offline
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Registered: 09/30/05
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Loc: Michigan, In , Boon
Iv heard of a few here in Michigan they call them a smoke colored bird, not all white tho!
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#11985600 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
wyoming260 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/13
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Loc: Wyoming
I remember years ago of a white bird being killed in Spring in south central Pa. Had about a 6" beard and weigh almost 30 lbs. I believe that one was considered a loose domestic bird. Bowed legs and all.

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#11985722 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
kevinJ Offline
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Registered: 10/15/13
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Loc: Knoxville/sevierville TN
Sounds domestic to me. People report smoke phase a lot and most are probably Narraganset turkey that have gotten loose if in farming areas or domestic and wild crosses

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#11985829 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
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I have pictures on my phone right now with a white wild turkey on it. Last fall I was bowhunting deer and up in a tree in my climber when a fall flock of about twenty five turkeys came by. They were scratching for acorns as they made their way to the roost. A pure white hen was in the group. They never got closer than 75 yards and I got to watch them for about 150 yards as they slowly worked their way across the hillside from me. This on a huge block of public ground with not a farm for dozens of miles.
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#11985853 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
260Remguy Offline
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Loc: NE
Other than the white color, this turkey looked like the other turkeys in the flock. If the flock stays in the recreation area, it with be safe from hunters. There were two whitetail does browsing along with the turkeys when I drove by them, about 15' away from the deer and closer to the turkeys.

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#11986012 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
Mule Deer Offline
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There was a white gobbler a couple of years ago around here in southwestern Montana. Not many people raise domestic turkeys around here, and this one hung out with a bunch of Merriam's up a local drainage about 5-6 miles from town. A state highway runs alongside the creek, and a number of people saw the white one, but not after that year. At that time the turkey season in the area was a draw, with only 25 tags given out, and I didn't hear about anybody tagging it.
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#11986118 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
kevinJ Offline
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Registered: 10/15/13
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Loc: Knoxville/sevierville TN
I say this because I called in a "smoke" phase bird that was killed by my best friend. TN biologist requested a feather/quill for testing DNA we had been trying to kill him for 3 years. He told us he has tested dozens of "smoke" and white/mixed color turkeys and all had domestic DNA mixed in. Nothing is impossible though.

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#11986259 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: Mule Deer]
260Remguy Offline
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Loc: NE
I think that most of the wild turkeys in Nebraska die from natural causes rather than being killed by hunters. During the 27 years that I've hunted turkeys in eastern Nebraska, I don't think that I've seen a dozen hunters out during the days and hours that I was out.

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#11986331 - 04/20/17 Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
LazyV Offline
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Registered: 08/24/13
Posts: 223
Loc: WA, purgatory adjacent
The white one in this pictures took two seasons for my buddy to kill. Was with a large flock of merriams.

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#11986472 - Yesterday at 03:58 AM Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
JamesJr Offline
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Registered: 11/11/15
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Loc: Christian Co., Ky
I've seen one white turkey that was in a flock of normal colored birds. I'm pretty sure that this one was an albino, as there were no domestic turkeys around. However, about 25 miles away at the Ft. Campbell Kentucky military reservation, where they allow turkey hunting, there are a number of white turkeys. They want hunters to kill everyone they see, as those birds are mixed with domestic turkeys.

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#11986522 - Yesterday at 04:27 AM Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
hanco Offline
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Registered: 04/12/11
Posts: 8959
Loc: Texas
This is common, we have quite a few on the lease I'm on in Burnet Texas. I looked it up once. Brown birds occur too sometimes.

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#11986823 - Yesterday at 06:55 AM Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
mudhen Offline
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Registered: 05/30/05
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Loc: Boot Heel of New Mexico
White turkeys are more common the closer you get to farms and ranches. For a while in the 1970s and 1980s, a lot of "wild turkey" poults were advertised for sale in farm and ranch magazines. Evidently, quite a few folks bought these and raised them, turning them loose in an effort to bolster resident wild turkey populations.

I am guessing that most of these were from Merriam's stock, as that subspecies is the one that flourishes in captivity. However, a significant number of those poults were actually from domestic turkeys. There are turkey biologists that believe that our wild Merriam's are descended from turkeys raised by ancient pueblo people in Mexico and by the Anisazi during the period from about 1100-1400 AD.
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#11986855 - Yesterday at 07:22 AM Re: White wild turkey? [Re: 260Remguy]
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Loc: Texas
I killed one near the red river in Texas the spring of 1986. It looked like a domestic turkey from a distance. It was mixed with a large flock of wild Rio Grande turkey and I shot it thinking it was a domestic or a cross bred. Looking at it closer it wasn't actually white but light grey with darker grey markings. I had the local Game warden look at it. We both thought it was a cross bred but DNA testing proved it was a wild bird with an unusual color phase.
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