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Offline tlbradford

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Mostly Black Turkey
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:13:40 AM »
Hey folks - Wanted to share a couple shots of this bird with all of you.  It is mostly melanistic.  All black until you get to the tips of the tail feathers.  It was a 2 or 3 year old from Colville NF.  Was spring bear hunting and a few were running up the road.  My buddy and I hopped out and busted them up.  Got in between the group of 2 or 3 and this guy was pushed down the hill.  Set up between them and started with some keekees and purrs.  He was fired up and gobbling a lot but super cautious.  He hit a landing and I pulled the trigger and click.  That was pretty loud.  I froze and waited for him to step out from a small tree he had ducked behind.  When he did I jacked a fresh shell in and put a couple bbs through his breast.  My buddy hit him much harder and knocked him dead.  We got back to bear hunting quickly so no good success photos.  I skinned him out to save for fly tying material.  Picked up a second Tom later that afternoon on a call in after some hens ran in front of me on a forest service road.  Saw one hen with babies.  Did not see any bears.  Will be heading back up this weekend.
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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2020, 06:10:34 AM »
That's cool.  My first thought when I saw the color was tying material.,,,and then I read on.  Good choice!

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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2020, 07:28:12 AM »
Look like a black Spanish cross!

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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2020, 07:37:19 AM »
BTM :chuckle:

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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2020, 04:05:18 PM »
That's a cool bird! Good luck finding bears!

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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2020, 11:27:32 AM »
My guess would be a domestic turkey?

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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2020, 11:31:21 PM »
My guess would be a domestic turkey?

It was in a pen  :dunno:  :chuckle:
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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2020, 07:34:01 PM »
My guess would be a domestic turkey?

It was in a pen  :dunno:  :chuckle:

Not in common for people to raise turkeys that are allowed to free rome often leaving to venture off into the wild.

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Re: Mostly Black Turkey
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2020, 08:57:58 PM »
Turkeys, like deer, can be melanistic (all black). Just like albinism, but the opposite end of the spectrum.

 


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