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Melanistic Turkey?

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by KansasBuck, May 2, 2014.

  1. KansasBuck

    KansasBuck New Member

    I've been hunting this Bad Boy for awhile. Finally closed the deal this morning. Is this melanistic. He was running with a bunch of Easterns.
     

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  2. Kinglet

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    Looks like it to me. Very cool kill. Are you going to mount it?
     

  3. Kinglet

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    that's what I was also thinking a Narragansett
     
  4. KansasBuck

    KansasBuck New Member

    Shot it on Drainage District Property. Its along a creek that we maintain. Mowing and Spraying etc. Have seen him with a bunch of hens for some time.
     
  5. KansasBuck

    KansasBuck New Member

    No turkey farms anywhere in the area. Definitely going to mount it. Probably in a flying pose. Already have a Rio strutting. Beside the fact that I blew a big patch of feathers off the right side of his neck.
     
  6. Thats one heck of a bird!!! defiantly a neat kill.
     
  7. Kinglet

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    Have you figured a taxidermist ? I would mount it farm kill or not. If it were my bird I would get an alert pose with a head turned. But your opinion is just as good as mine. Did the bird strut at all, was he wary, did he gobble at everything?
     
  8. KansasBuck

    KansasBuck New Member

    I have seen him strutting several times with a bunch of hens. I had a bearded hen fly down first and check out my decoys. When she was about 30yds. away I called again and he and 2 jakes came running in. His coloring is not the same as a Narragansett.
     
  9. Kinglet

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    My bad about the Narragansett that's what it liked like to me. Neat kill.
     
  10. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

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    that's very unique far different than what the DNR calls a ''smoke phase''.
     
  11. Kinglet

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    Too bad there isn't a face palm emoticon. I knew I had seen it before on here but couldn't remember so I went with Narraganset or melanistic.
     
  12. finazducks

    finazducks EJ is not the only one to have two Wasco Awards

    Looks more Leusistic than Melanistic
     
  13. KansasBuck

    KansasBuck New Member

    I'll take your word for that, Tony. Thanks for the input.
     
  14. Kinglet

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    Tony do you know what causes this. I was thinking its a recessive trait.
     
  15. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    It looks to me like it probably carries the Oregon Grey mutation. Not melanistic at all. Probably closer to being leucistic, but that mutation affects pigment location more than pigment production so it's technically neither.

    The mutation got its name after it was first noticed in some wild Merriam's turkeys and was then isolated at Oregon State University.
    Since it already appeared in one subspecies of wild turkey, there's no reason that it couldn't also appear in another. Oregon Grey turkeys are still extremely rare in captivity so it's most likely that your turkey is a genuine wild mutation.
    Congratulations!
     
  16. KansasBuck

    KansasBuck New Member

    thank you Nancy.
     
  17. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I knew Nancy would come to the rescue.
     
  18. kyle916

    kyle916 New Member

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    sweet smoke phase man! definitely a trophy!