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Pirouge
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posted 01-20-2010 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pirouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

A friend sent this picture to me , preety cool looking deer . I did not get the info on what where and who the person in the picture is but what an animal

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NoVaCAIN
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posted 01-20-2010 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NoVaCAIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
very cool!!!

IMO something like that should be left in the gene pool.

aren't there laws about those kind of deer? i'm not a deer hunter so i'm not really up to date on that stuff.

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posted 01-21-2010 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for huntmstr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, there are no laws in many states about color aborations. That is known as a melanistic phase deer. It has an over abundance of melanin in it's skin and therefore looks black. It's the opposite of albinism (albino deer) and twice as rare.

You actually want to remove them from the gene pool as they usually have some inferior qualities to the rest of the herd.

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Dignan
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posted 01-21-2010 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dignan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a short program recently about a large population of albino deer in wisconsin i think. They had been protected by the locals.

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huntmstr
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posted 01-21-2010 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for huntmstr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Wisconsin has a law protecting albino deer. There's no scientific basis for it. They just do it for the asthetics of having white deer in the herd.

Most albino deer and melanisitc deer can function on the same level as normal pigment whitetails. The difference is in the piebald which are usually also prevalent in those isolated gene pools.

Piebald deer (brown & white/ black & white) usually have inferior racks, lower body weights, and dramatic overbites which makes it difficult for them to chew their food entirely. While they are not necessarily more prone to disease, they do often have a weaker and more frail body type.

Not enough study has been done on piebald and melanistsic deer to say with certainty that they must be removed from the herd. The fact is thatthe rarity of their occurrance precludes them from being much of a factor in most deer populations with the exception of a very few isolated herds.

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