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Hunter blasted in gobble gaffe

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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