Gary Brook’s only complaint about his 2010 Kansas spring turkey season is that it passed too quickly.
He filled one turkey permit of his two permits opening day and planned on keeping his other for later in the season. Then he saw a bird on the season’s second day he just had too have. The bird’s tail fan is nearly coal-black, lacking the normal browns and barring on most wild turkeys.
Brooks said he’d seen the black-tailed gobbler the previous evening. He was hunting in the Flint Hills south of Wamego.
The mature tom’s body and wing feathers, beard and spurs were otherwise normal.
Below is a photo that shows how most Kansas wild turkeys appear.