A North Carolina family captured a video of an albino deer in their backyard recently.
One WRALtv.com viewer caught the rare deer on a short clip with a child delightfully asking if Santa’s deer was visiting.
More About Albino Deer
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, Albino deer lack pigmentation and have a completely white hide and pink eyes, nose, and hooves. One in 30,000 deer has the hereditary trait.
Of the estimated one million deer living in North Carolina, about 33 albino deer are in the state. Notably, Piebald deer or deer with blotches of white on their hides are a more common sight in nature. At the same time, N.C. Wildlife Commission officials state another rare melanistic condition that causes a deer’s coloration to be extremely dark and sometimes black.
The North Carolina girl’s rare experience, however, isn’t common throughout the country. Another North Carolina resident spotted two in December 2020, according to WRALtv.com.
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia residents have reported these deer over the past few years.
Hunting a Mixed Bag
While there are no restrictions on hunting this kind of deer in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Ohio, there are rules in other states. Individual counties in Montana and Tennessee may also have restrictions.
At the same time, many hunters have taken to superstitious feelings about the deer. That anyone who kills it will experience a long run of bad luck. That ‘curse’ may come in a long hunting drought.
In 2016, Ohio wildlife specialist Jim Freeman reported in the Point Pleasant Register that the albino deer is akin to the white buffalo among some Native Americans.
Other mystics put stock in the symbolism of the deer, claiming that it is a symbol of initiation, removal, transforming, healing, power, and gentleness.
“The Albino White Deer is symbolic that you need to pay close attention to your dreams and visions and the whispers that you hear from spirit,” Quornesha S. Lemon said in a blog post.
On the other hand, some hunters see positives in hunting albino deer. In a 2011 Deer and Deer Hunting post, Jacob Edison opined that Albino whitetails hurt the overall genetic health of deer herds by spreading their bad traits onto offspring.
In 2019, USA Today caught wind of a Wisconsin hunter who turned himself in about killing an albino deer. He claimed he fired after only seeing brown on the head before fulling seeing the deer. Another website, Wide Open Spaces, took issue with that reasoning, as one hunter added.
“The remains of this deer were sent to a local taxidermist to be put on display to help other local hunters understand the difference between an albino and typical whitetail deer,” Brad Smith said.