JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi hunter who shot a rare white turkey says he's been verbally attacked after TV personality Keith Olbermann called on his Twitter followers to make the hunter's life a "living hell."

The Clarion-Ledger wrote a story Monday about how Hunter Waltman of Kiln, Mississippi, bagged the rare bird, which is not illegal to hunt.

On Tuesday, Olbermann tweeted the story, identified Waltman by name, and called him a "pea-brained scumbag." A nationally known sports and political commentator, Olbermann also said the "nitwit clown" who wrote the story should be fired.

Waltman tells the newspaper he's received verbal attacks because of Olbermann's tweet. But he also tells the Sun-Herald newspaper that he doesn't let the negative comments get to him.

Clarion-Ledger executive editor Sam R. Hall issued a statement calling Olbermann's tweet "recklessly irresponsible."

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I don't see the purpose in killing this turkey except to feed the hunter's ego. If the turkey is as unusual and special as the original article says it is, then it's best left alive. The wonder of a rare bird is of course best experienced when it's living, not as a dam trophy on Bubba's wall.

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