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smoke-phase tom

Post by fisherxp » April 8th, 2018, 1:23 pm

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This tom was hanging around last Spring not far from where I hunt. I think it is a so called smoke-phase eastern. If so, they claim this is a genetic abbe ration that occurs in one of every 100 birds...almost always hens.So, I guess this tom is a pretty rare bird. I don't know if I could bring myself to bloody those pretty feathers or not. What say, guys...would you shoot him??
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by Southern Sportsman » April 8th, 2018, 1:28 pm

With great enthusiam and without hesitation, yes.
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by turkeyinstrut » April 8th, 2018, 1:39 pm

IN A HEARTBEAT!!!!!............That's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by fountain » April 8th, 2018, 1:47 pm

There have been 2 killed in Ga so far this year and the general consensus on them is that they were Royal Palm domesticated. Guess they got with wild birds and joined in with them

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by HunterGKS » April 8th, 2018, 2:47 pm

I think that may be a domesticated bird that got loose & probably should be taken out of the breeding scenario.

IMHO, there is just too much white for it to be a smoky. A smokey is more of a light tan rather than white.

You may want to take/send the pic to the DNR for an opinion.
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by decoykrvr » April 8th, 2018, 3:06 pm

Looks more like a Royal Palm than a "smoke gray " color aberration, but most domestic turkeys don't survive long in the wild. There is no indication that any of the three color aberrations are sex-linked.

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by HunterGKS » April 8th, 2018, 3:10 pm

decoykrvr wrote:
April 8th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Looks more like a Royal Palm than a "smoke gray " color aberration, but most domestic turkeys don't survive long in the wild. There is no indication that any of the three color aberrations are sex-linked.
We had a domesticated hen running around for 2 years. By the time we got the OK from the DNR to take her out, she had disappeared.
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by guesswho » April 8th, 2018, 3:34 pm

A Royal Palm in someone's yard? I'll pass. Now a smoke phase wild gobbler? Bang!
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by HunterGKS » April 8th, 2018, 3:54 pm

Thx for the link. The tail on the above bird has much more white than the 1 in your link.
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by HunterGKS » April 8th, 2018, 4:03 pm

This was a "flock" that showed up at Gobbler's Roost last fall. Turns out that they were from across the road.
The 2 jakes look wild & I'm wonder if they didn't join up out of loneliness. That gobbler doesn't realize how
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by SwampDrummin » April 8th, 2018, 4:33 pm

I want a smoke phase bad. Bad. Got in a lease in a county with that reputation. Hunting another place with 3 smokephase hens. Still gonna take winning the lottery

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by appalachianassassin » April 8th, 2018, 4:50 pm

I don't think that's a wild bird, but ive been wrong before.
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by MKW » April 8th, 2018, 4:53 pm

I'd rather kill this one!
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by Grumpy » April 8th, 2018, 5:58 pm

The brown and white ones are Bourbon Reds, also called Royal Red Bourbons, a domestic turkey that left someones barnyard. I used to raise them, very friendly and never get mean, a great bird for little kids to be around.
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by Dr Juice » April 8th, 2018, 6:17 pm

I would shoot him in a heartbeat and get him done. He would make an awesome mount.

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by OLE RASPY » April 8th, 2018, 7:04 pm

Looks like it’s hanging around in somebody’s yard but it prolly still eat like the rest of them. You can prolly walk up to it and catch it 👍🏻
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by 202P&Y » April 9th, 2018, 8:03 am

MKW wrote:
April 8th, 2018, 4:53 pm
I'd rather kill this one!
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by okiefowler » April 10th, 2018, 5:12 pm

Had a smoke phase hen that hung around our place in NE Ok for a few years. Nick named her salt & pepper. Cool birds no doubt would defiantly whack a longbeard that color with no hesitstion.

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by Ridgeking » April 10th, 2018, 11:23 pm

BANG FLOP!

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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by ylpnfol » April 11th, 2018, 5:37 pm

we have those genetics around here, have seen quite a few hens [ from the road ] over the years, never a gobbler. if its a true wild bird, I wouldn't think twice, gobbler or hen [ in the fall ].....
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Re: smoke-phase tom

Post by willie » April 12th, 2018, 1:35 am

no i wouldn't shoot it, to pretty to look at (plenty more elsewhere).

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