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This Bizarre Gobbler Had Bone & Feathers Growing From its Head



 : When Missouri hunter Colby Brown shot a wild turkey on Sunday, May 5, 2019, he knew there was something odd about it. Even from 300 yards away, he and his buddy could tell it was different. It was only after the shot was fired and the bizarre gobbler was recovered that they realized just how weird it really was.

Fortunately, I was able to get in touch with Colby via social media to get his side of the story.

Colby and his friend Hunter Leeper were hunting turkeys in a river bottom near Jefferson City, Missouri when Hunter spotted something a long way out. It was a turkey, so the duo got behind a levee to hide from the bird and closed the distance. When they stopped to eyeball the turkey again, the binoculars revealed something really unusual.

“Hunter said, ‘Look at him. He’s got something on his head.’

I looked through and at first I didn’t think it was a turkey. I didn’t know what the hell it was to be honest, but then he turned and I saw his beard.

The hunters then ducked back behind the levee and moved on down until they were opposite the bizarre gobbler, which was out of range about 60 yards away.

He strutted and hung around 60 yards for an hour and a half. Hunter would give him a little call and he’d gobble like crazy but not cut the distance. Finally he come in around 40 yards and I popped up from the top of the levee and smoked him.

They wasted no time getting to the downed bird.

When we got down there we looked at him and kinda laughed at how goofy he looked. I think that’s when Hunter said he’d never seen anything like it, adding, ‘I think you might’ve just become famous.’”
 
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