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Location: Kingston, MI
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Albino deer

Here in Michigan, albino deer are protected. Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin protect them as well. The Michigan law protecting albino deer was started in 1990 after a predominant newspaper placed a picture with an article of an albino buck taken by a hunter. The anti's wanted this "species" of deer protected and a law was passed. It was passed in short order. The oldest of these laws is from the state of Wisconsin, which was implemented in 1965.

To clarify: This is not another species.

Albino deer are genetically inferior animals.

Why would we protect animals that do not pass the "survival of the fittest" test?

Why are we promoting a recessive gene?

The novelty of seeing an albino should not take the place of sound wildlife management. Furthermore, evolutionary selection does not promote recessive traits.

I believe we should pressure our state wildlife agencies to repeal these absurd laws. I am anxious to hear the thoughts of other midwest hunters. Should we keep these laws, or work to get them eliminated?

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Location: St. Louis County
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Albino deer

I agree with you that they shouldn't be protected. You don't want these genetically inferior animals breeding and producing inferior offspring.

At the same time, I don't know if I would shoot one even if it was legal because I'd be afraid it might taste different. Oops!

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Location: MN
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Albino deer

in MN its legal to shoot albino deer & piebalds, but we cant shoot white bears because of some indian belief

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Location: Kingston, MI
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Albino deer

Piebalds are also genetically inferior animals. We are allowed to shoot piebald deer here in Michigan. The law states all white or albino deer.

I've hunted in Iowa before, and noticed their regulations protect piebalds as well (50% or more white.) I just can't understand why these states opt to pass on the chance to eliminate these inferior animals from the herd.

Surprisingly, melanistic (all black) deer are not protected anywhere (that I know of) and they are rarer than albino or piebald animals. To make things clear, melanistic deer are also genetically inferior animals. Melanism is a genetic defect that results from over production of pigment. This gives them excessive melanin in their coats, eyes and skin.

Albinism is a lack of pigment and melanism is excessive pigment.

For the record: I'd cajun inject those back straps and fire up the grill. I'd love to find out how those melanistic, albino and piebald deer would taste.

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Albino deer

Be careful how you eat these things, you could end up like this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhendu2112/384283578/in/photostream/

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Location: Kingston, MI
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Redrider - You have an awesome sense of humor. I laughed and laughed. That was just too funny. It was great! Thanks buddy.

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Albino deer

a deers a deer thay all taste the same no mater what color,

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