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White turkey with black beard comes to hunter’s decoy

A white turkey with a 4-inch black beard came to Ivan Lines decoy on the opening day of Washington's 2015 spring gobbler season. (Courtesy)
A white turkey with a 4-inch black beard came to Ivan Lines decoy on the opening day of Washington's 2015 spring gobbler season. (Courtesy)

HUNTING -- Here's another unusual report from the April 15 opening day of Washington's spring gobbler season. This one, along with several photos, is from long-time Spokane-area hunter Ivan Lines:

Hi Rich: Enjoyed  your turkey hunting story in the paper this morning.  I've experienced all of the same trials and tribulations.

I had an interesting hunt yesterday as well.  At about 6 a.m. I had a snow white male turkey come strutting into my decoys.  He and a normally colored tom were fighting over my hen decoy. 

No dark coloring on this bird except for a black 4-inch beard.  The eye was dark brown or black so I believe this bird was leucistic rather than an albino. 

I've seen pictures of birds with a lot of white on them but never one that was pure white.

The bird hadn't hit the dinner table, yet. No confirmation on whether the drumsticks were white, too.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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