A 7-Year-Old Boy’s First Turkey Hunt Ends with a Rare White Gobbler
Chayson Emmons, a 7-year-old boy from Blue Springs, Missouri, had a turkey hunting adventure that he will never forget. He harvested a rare white gobbler at Settle’s Ford Conservation Area south of Kansas City, during the state’s special youth-only turkey season.
White gobblers are very uncommon and are caused by a genetic mutation that affects the color of their feathers. They stand out from the rest of the flock and are easy targets for predators and hunters.
Chayson was hunting with his father, Chad Emmons, and a family friend who helped him call in the bird. Chad Emmons assisted his son with aiming his .410 shotgun at the white gobbler. With one shot, Chayson brought down the bird, which had a black beard and light-colored spurs.
Chayson was thrilled to see his first turkey and was amazed by its white color. He said he was happy that he got it and that it was so cool and pretty.
Chad Emmons was proud of his son for making a good shot and getting such a unique trophy. He said he plans to have the bird mounted for Chayson to remember his first turkey hunt.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulated Chayson on his remarkable harvest and encouraged other young hunters to take advantage of the youth-only turkey season. The season offers an opportunity for young hunters to learn from experienced mentors and enjoy the outdoors.