Albino Deer Hit by Motorist In Arkansas

12 01 2008

This poor guy was the victim of a automobile collision (though the car owner may feel a bit of a victim also) on highway 365 near Little Rock, Arkansas.

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To Shoot or Not to Shoot Albino Deer – Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

11 01 2008

From Whitetail 365: What is little known about Buffalo Co. Wis. is that albino deer are fairly common there. In fact it’s entirely possible—after talking to the right people—to drive around some summer evening and see a pretty good wad of white deer feeding in soybean and alfalfa fields. While there’s no such thing as an ugly deer, albinos are a pretty darn special sight. The people of Wisconsin think they’re so special that you can get into big trouble for shooting one.

Of course, right across the Mississippi River from there is my home state of Minnesota. Kill a white deer here and you’ll get your picture in the paper, and not in the “district court report” section.  Protecting albinos is an interesting thing. Most of us know by now that these are genetically inferior deer that in most cases are poorly equipped to survive in the wild. Indeed, some of my Wisconsin friends have found albino bucks dying in the middle of summer from any of a host of diseases they’re susceptible to. Naturally, there are exceptions. About five years ago, I was hunting Buffalo and rattled in a 3-1/2 year old albino buck with an 8-point rack. That deer is still alive. He is now a monstrous 10-point with candelabra antlers that appear anything but genetically inferior.  People drive for miles to check him out, lining up along his favorite fields with spotting scopes sprouting from their truck windows. 

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Authors dig into state’s history of albino deer

28 12 2007

 BOULDER JUNCTION WIS.— I still remember the first albino deer I ever saw. Several decades ago, while driving backroads near St. Germain in Vilas County, I braked abruptly upon spotting a white shape in the midst of a logging trail.

Verifying it was a deer, I grabbed my nearby camera, stepped out of the car and commenced taking photos. With each snap of the lens, I moved closer, expecting the animal would bolt at any moment.

With each advance — and the deer showing no signs of concern — I offered self-congratulations on my stalking prowess.

Ultimately, as I continued to edge stealthily forward, the deer came and thrust its nose in my lens, as if to say, “What took you so long to get here?”

That equanimity, as I recently learned through a newly published book “White Deer — Ghosts of the Forest” is part of northern Wisconsin’s unique, long-term relationship with albino deer.

“Because of their protected status in some states and the abundance of backyard feeders, many (white deer) exhibited a tolerance of humans not evident in their hunted brethren,” writes Mercer resident Jeff Richter, who provides the book’s interesting and award-winning photographs. He shares writing credits with John Bates of Mercer, a well-known outdoors writer and naturalist.

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