This deer is not an albino whitetail as many people would think. It’s referred to as a piebald deer, which refers to the two-color pattern of its fur. Some experts believe the abnormal coloring is caused by a defective gene that also makes the animal generally less healthy than normally-colored deer. This ‘doe’ would argue. She’s doing pretty well. She has been ranging in the same area— near the Potter-Cameron county line— for three years. Interestingly, she is always alone. She’ll have to hide better to continue her luck. Archery season opens today.

Photo by Craig Hooftallen.

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