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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Albino deer question

Hi guys, so we have spotted a pair of albino deer a 6 point and a doe on our clubs land. Some of the older guys say they wouldnt shoot them. That they think it limits the chance of more albino deer as an offspring. I personally think that its more likely that these two are twins and came from brown deer but I'm not sure do any of you guys actually know for sure? I mean albino humans come from regular humans with a hidden gene. I'm just wondering cause I need some excuse to tell the oldtimers when I lay one down.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 06:00 PM
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not sure but if it was me and they said dont do it i wouldnt do it they might not invite ya back next year

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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 06:01 PM
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I think you have it right. A biologist would tell you that they are inferior deer and the genetic defect should try to be erased form the herd. Now some states protect them and some states they are fair game.
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I read stories years ago about albino deer and If my memory serves me well it stated many Doe's have the ability to produce albine deer but it's a weak gene and doesn't become active often.
I know of an area here in Vermont where many times hunters have seen albino deer which lets us know that Gene is being carried thru all these years because the first time I heard about one was way back in the 70's. My Brother saw one in that area in 2003 and a friend saw one (same general area) last year 2007.
But I agree with what Joel says, it should be discussed before any club member decides to down one whether it will be accepted as Fair Game within your club.

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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 07:24 AM
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Here in Oklahoma you cant drop one without written permission from the State Director of Wildlife Management, AKA KING game warden hehe

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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 09:16 AM
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I dont't know why but it is against the law to shoot an albino deer in Tennessee. There are also a few pibald that can be shot, but not the albino.
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i knew that tn was like that when i was a kid but had hoped it had changed. I'm pretty sure you can whack one here in nh but i've never seen one here.
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 05:33 PM
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i never saw one but their are a few around law not to shoot.seen lots of pics of them.
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-15-2008, 08:36 AM
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we only have does here... never seen a buck, but in nc theres no law against not shooting one. In my opinion though, that would be a nice trophy. (y'all dont crucify me for that now)
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-16-2008, 01:06 PM
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We had one on the farm here when I was young(35+years ago). Recently, we started seeing one that's about half-grown. This one isn't too affraid of us humans, either. I'm wondering if the deer's eyesight is bad, but who knows? They are legal in Va., and the local hunt club will probably run this one out with dogs and kill it.
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