Trophy white gobbler goes down

Johnston’s 18-pounder was solid white, but had a 9-inch black beard and dark eyes

Not surprisingly, Jacob Johnston had spotted a big white turkey on several occasions near his family’s farm before the start of this year’s turkey season.

But the Traphill, N.C. hunter never dreamed he’d actually be lucky enough to get an opening day shot on it.

“We had seen it several times over the past couple of months. It was usually with a small group of other gobblers, but it was the only white one,” said Johnston, a forestry student at Western Carolina University. “Every time we saw that bird, it was about 2 miles away from my family’s farm, so I didn’t really think I’d get the chance to shoot it.”

But while scouting the evening before opening day, he heard a turkey on the roost and decided to sit there the next morning — not knowing it was the solid white turkey.

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