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T&TH Contributor Has Golden End to Season

Scott Bestul recently finished his Spring 2010 turkey season in colorful

Bestul, a contributing editor to Turkey & Turkey Hunting, shot this odd-colored gobbler while hunting in northern Wisconsin. The bird has blond
or almost golden secondary wing feathers.

“There have been several of these birds shot in the area in recent years, so the genome for blonds must be there,” he said. “You can’t see it well in this photo, but even the quills of this bird are almost golden.”

Noted turkey biologist Lovett E. Williams Jr., also a contributing editor for T&TH, described the gobbler as “a partial albino with some erythrism.” Erythrism is an unusual reddish pigmentation.

Great bird, Scott!

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