Pennsylvania Game News - December 2018 - 42

T H E

WHITE BUCK
BY BOB TAYLOR

Loggers began timbering Ed's farm
in September, and it wasn't long before
they started telling him about the white
deer they occasionally would see.
Ed saw it once in bow season, and
confirmed it was buck, but couldn't see
how many points it had.
Still, neither of us gave much thought
to hunting it from there on out.
Ed's farm is typical of those in Perry
County, a mix of fields and wooded
areas, and deer tend to move around a
lot, from one property to the next. You
never know where they'll be.
My tree stand on Ed's property is in
a small group of trees surrounded by
fields. In front of my stand, the field runs
downhill where it transforms to rolling
terrain segmented by fencerows.
The first Wednesday of firearms
season was my third straight morning
in the stand. At about 7:40 a.m., I looked
to my right to see two deer - one brown
and one white - standing, just 35
yards away.
I thought the white deer was a
doe at first, then glimpsed antlers.
As it started down the hill, I could
see two points on each side, but
couldn't pick out a third.
I cranked up my scope and looked
again, and as it turned to look back at
the brown deer - a doe that hadn't yet

A BEAUTIFUL
EXPERIENCE
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moved - I saw the brow tine, dropped the
crosshairs down to the shoulder and fired.
The white buck dropped at the spot!
Ed, who'd been hunting in his tree
stand, 300 yards away, immediately broke
through on the radio and hurried over after
he learned I'd shot the white buck.
While my encounter with the deer
happened too quickly for me to become
nervous, my heart was pounding by the
time he arrived.
The buck was not albino, but piebald.
The body was nearly solid white with
some brown splotches on the neck, shoulders and front legs, while the head and
ears were mostly brown.
While piebald deer sometimes can
have physical abnormalities, such as short
legs or odd-looking noses, mine looked
normal, other than the fact it was small -
only about 85 pounds field-dressed.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime deer, and a
great hunting experience!



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