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Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

Jan 9

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1/9/2012 10:49 AM  RssIcon

Congratulations to Lane Smith, a 12-year-old from LaGrange, N.C. who took a rare albino deer while on a Nov. 26, 2011 hunt in Halifax County with his father, Kendall Smith.

Albino deer, like the 85-pound button buck Lane took, lack pigmentation and have a completely white hide and hooves, pink eyes and nose, traits observed in one in 30,000 deer. Piebald deer, while unusual, aren’t rare, with studies showing the trait may show up in one in 1,000 deer. Piebald deer are deer that have blotches of white coloration on portions of their hide that are usually dark in color.

 Lane is in his second year of active hunting and sets a good example in conservation for his classmates at Woodington Middle School in Lenoir County. The Hunter Education Program believes it is important for sportsmen to encourage others to hunt, with a slogan of “Hunt Like The Future Depends On It” and provides tips for mentoring and youth involvement in the outdoors on the website.

9 comment(s) so far...

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

I'm sure the young hunter is thrilled to kill a deer. However, the albino deer is very rare ( 1 in 100,000 births) and in many States is illegal to kill. I would hope we in North Carolina would encourage them to be revered and not shot. I recently saw one in my back yard - the first ever and it was a beautiful sight -- too beautiful to kill.

By Dianne on   7/4/2012 7:33 AM

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so sad to see such a young person learning a lesson in desensitivity. too bad he didn't go out with a camera instead of a weapon of mass destruction, and learn to respect life, especially something as rare as that albino deer, instead of obliterate it.

By karin on   12/1/2013 7:29 PM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

So my question is it legal or illegal to kill albino deer in north Carolina

By Craig locklear on   10/22/2014 9:02 PM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

Mr. Locklear: As long as the season is open for deer hunting, it is not illegal to kill albino deer. The color makes no difference.

By NCWRC blogger on   10/23/2014 7:17 AM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

I saw an albino deer in my back yard in Virginia. I took several pictures, but would never kill such a beautiful and rare creature. I am glad that some states make this illegal.

By Lloyd on   10/30/2014 4:40 PM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

Unfortunately, it is legal to kill albino deer in NC.

By fawn on   11/9/2014 3:58 PM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

Weapon of mass destruction? ??? Congratulations little guy on a rare the negative liberals on here us all a favor and shut up.

By michael on   11/22/2014 11:40 PM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

I'm not a "negative liberal", not even a Democrat, but I would only shoot such a beautiful creature with a camera.

By AJ on   1/9/2015 7:42 AM

Re: Albino Deer Provides True Trophy

From the Deer and Hunting web site []

Because of their odd biological condition, albinos are, in fact, genetically inferior stock. Allowing them to breed allows for the genes to re-circulate the whitetail gene pool. Because of the lack of melanin in their eyes to block light, albinos have a very difficult time seeing in bright sunlight. Furthermore, they are also more prone to skeletal maladies like dysplasia. As a result, albino deer often die at a much earlier age than normal whitetails.

Now if it was a unicorn - I would say "take the picture"

By Jerry Ricker on   1/19/2015 7:20 PM

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