By EDWARD B. COLBY
DAILY NEWS WRITER
A New Jersey man's turkey call proved a little too realistic after
a fellow hunter mistook him for a real bird and winged him.
Jerry White, 28, was hiding behind trees and making turkey calls
before dawn Wednesday when 47-year-old Michael Kalin blasted him from
behind with a 12-gauge shotgun, state troopers said. White, of Dennis
Township, was hit in the arm and leg.
Realizing his fowl mistake, Kalin helped White out of the woods at
Peaslee Wildlife Management Area, and a helicopter took the wounded
man to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
On Friday, doctors removed 150 pellets from the hapless hunter's
right arm and four from his leg, according to The Associated Press.
White was listed in good condition yesterday afternoon.
The state Department of Environmental Protection, which is
investigating the incident, warns on its Web site: "Many turkey
hunters sound just like turkeys. ... If your bird turns out to be
another hunter, it could be very dangerous, and also embarrassing."
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