Albino Deer Provides True Trophy
1/9/2012 10:49 AM
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.