By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
A rarity and a rookie shared the spotlight this week at the Alabama Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt, which was headquartered in Montgomery.
The rookie was Ken Attaway of Academy Sports + Outdoors, who had never bagged a turkey. It was one particular feature of the turkey that guide Mike Brunson called to within 20 yards of Attaway that had all the turkey hunters, guides and landowners shaking their heads in awe.
After Attaway successfully capped the hunt with a perfect shot, the measuring tape came out and to their amazement, the turkey’s beard measured a whopping 12 9/16 inches.