Albino Deer Question
I came across an interesting piece of information while looking at deer regulations in the state of Tennessee. I am not sure how many folks out there are residents of Tennessee, or hunt there, but I thought this was a bit odd. It appears that it is illegal to kill an albino deer in the state. According to the DNR website:
Hunting, trapping, or possession of albino deer is prohibited as set forth in TCA Chapter 70-4-130. An albino deer is a deer with a lack, or significant deficiency, of pigment in the skin and hair, and has pink eyes.
I know that there are many different opinions about shooting albino deer. My own personal belief is that they should be legal, just like any other deer. I realize they are rare, but most of the time albino deer do not survive long in the wild, even when they are “off limits” to hunters. They are more susceptible to predators than are their normal colored brothers.
While doing some quick research for a good picture of an albino deer to link into this post, I came across a post on Stabley Outdoors (a blog I just discovered!). Last January, John posted about an albino buck taken by crossbow in the state of Ohio. Here is a picture of that buck:
That is one beautiful deer. I know many (obviously the state of of Tennessee with them) think that animals like this need to be protected from hunters. But, the truth of the matter is that albinism is a recessive trait that only causes harm overall to the deer herd. So, while it is a beautiful animal, it will not help the health or vitality of the herd as a whole.
Well, that is my take on it. Let me know what you think. Should states make it illegal to kill albino animals? Or should they be considered a great trophy for hunters? Let me know what you think!