Oceola Township Albino Deer
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A younger hunter bagged a rare albino deer last week. Eleven-year old Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township, Michigan took down the 12-point buck with a crossbow while hunting with his father.

Mick Dingman, Gavin’s father, said to USA Today, “He kind of feels like a rock star right now. Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines.”

The Dingman’s said that they have seen the albino deer several times over the past couple of years while they were out hunting. They’ve even taken pictures of it.

Gavin said that when he saw the albino deer last week he was “very nervous” as he took aim with his crossbow. Gavin said, “My dad was just like, ‘Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you’re not 100 percent, we don’t want to injure it,'”

Gavin’s shot from about 30 yards was true. “I double-lunged it,” he said.

The family is having a taxidermist create a full-body mount of the deer.

According to an article in a December 2013 report published by USA TODAY, Wisconsin naturalist John Bates, co-author of “White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest,” said albino deer are born once in about 20,000 births. Some biologists claim only one in 100,000 deer is born albino, the report said.

For more information, visit USA Today.

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