Sampson County hunter kills banded turkey

Banded turkey is hunter’s first ever gobbler

Jino Chavarria was hunting with his sons on April 12, 2021 when he killed the gobbler of a lifetime. The bird’s size and measurements were respectable. But none of that made it such a prize harvest. His bird was a banded turkey. And killing it with the help of his sons made it that much more special.

“My brother and I had been working hard to get our dad his first turkey. And on Monday evening, we sealed the deal on the bird of a lifetime from our camp in Sampson County,” said Ken Chavarria, one of Jino’s sons.

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The Chavarrias are waiting to receive information on where and when the turkey was banded.

The banded turkey weighed 17.2 pounds, had 1-inch spurs, and an 8-inch beard. The Chavarrias have submitted the tag number to the proper agency and are waiting to hear what information they find from it.

“We still haven’t heard back yet from Raleigh about the information on the bird on where it was banded,” said Ken Chavarria.

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