Now here is an oddity.... This would justify a full mount....
[QUOTE][QUESTION: Bob, have you ever seen a deer like this? This buck
had silver hair and lemon-yellow eyes. — Josh L.
ANSWER: We get a
lot of questions about different deer pelage (fur color). A whitetail’s pelage
varies seasonally, from red in the summer to brownish-gray in the fall. Fall
colors can also vary among individuals as different shades of brown and gray.
Then there are genetic mutations.
The most common is called a piebald, in which deer have varying degrees of
white markings — more than a typical whitetail, but still having brown eyes and
soft parts like the nose and hooves.
Less common are true albinos, which lack dark pigment and have all white
hair, white or tan hooves and pink eyes and noses.
Rarer still are melanistic deer, which have dark, almost black coat.
Your deer doesn’t seem to fit any of those categories, and is so unusual that
I consulted several whitetail experts. Most were unfamiliar with it, but one
finally provided some insight.
Dr. Karl Miller, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at the
University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources,
described it as “occasionally reported but extremely rare.”
He added that they had a similar one in their deer pens several years ago,
although she was more blonde than silver.
What was more interesting is that the doe reverted to normal coloration in
subsequent years, leaving little clue as to what caused her condition — diet,
Miller also added this phenomenon is so rare there’s no name for it. So I
made one up.
Henceforth, any such deer shall be referred to as a “Silver Deer.”
Regardless, you should have this one mounted, and I wish your taxidermist
good luck finding the right color eyes.
Call me crazy but i swear i saw one the other day. Was a 6pt. Was with 4 other bucks and some does. Other deer were brown this guy was grey. Thought it was just old age lol
hey nj maybe toilet paper on that one ha ha
That's amazing and even more amazing because I have one just like it in one of my spots. I first saw it last year as a fawn and it looked just like the one in the picture and even more crazy is that it has blue, and I mean really blue eyes. I always wondered what happened to it after last season and figured it was gone and then one day during buck week I saw him. He was still silver and still had blue eyes there's no mistaking him. I was pretty excited to see him again. The only down side is that he never developed any antlers, but you could still see where the pedicles are but nothing developed. Whatever made him that way I didn't think it was good genetics and I thought about removing him from the herd then I figured I would let him go and see what he looks like next year if he's around. The other crazy thing about this deer was that he kept trying to mount an eight pointer and was pretty insistent on doing so for about 20 minutes until the eight finally whooped his ass good then he finally backed off. It was a pretty crazy experience.
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There's a deer at the cape may county zoo that is a really weird color. I've seen all different color phases and the deer there doesn't really fit any of them. It isn't a piebald, there's really no white. I could oh describe it as coloring of an australian cattle dog. I have a picture but can't figure out how to upload from my iPhone
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