I’ve heard for years about odd whitetail deer with a blue tint to their garments. Even in the middle of the 1970s, my father claimed to have seen some of these elk on a hunting rent close to Cherokee, Texas. Naturally, no photos were taken because this was before the advent of activity and body mobile cams.
The user submitted this image of enigmatic orange whitetails taken with his game cameras in an unidentified area in the Pinewoods of East Texas a few years ago.
This is not an Adobe Photoshop making; some areas appear orange, while others appear colored.
Whitetails are also available in different color variants.
A brindle( limited adult ) was spotted by my wife Lisa and I on the Greenwood Valley Ranch close to Mountain Home, Texas, when we were both in college. When I was younger, I frequently heard the term” fabric antelope” used to describe a very big, bizarre-antlered buck with piebald coloring.
These pictures of a dark hunter that readers Charlie Hennigan saw close to Luling, Texas, were sent in. The majority of reports on these elk come from taxidermists and social media. On my phone, I initially mistook it for a chocolate-phase dry deer. Dry antelope are one of the most common free-ranging exotics found in Texas. But after careful inspection, I’ve found that this whitetail is black( melanistic ).
On my phone, I initially mistook it for a chocolate-phase fallow deer. Dry antelope are one of the most common free-ranging exotics found in Texas. But after careful inspection, I’ve found that this is a black( melanistic ) whitetail.
Melanosis is a super storm of black pigment, in contrast to albinism, which lacks pigment. It is evident in jaguars and leopards, and it is very popular in some species, like fox squirrels.
For instance,” Black panthers” are simply melanistic jaguars and lions rather than distinct species.
South of Austin, at a distance of 49 yards, is Luling. I’ve seen several piebald whitetails over the years within a 50-mile spoke of Austin. Many have traveled west of Austin and in the San Marcos area.
According to Hennigan, the landowner where he was hunting claimed to have seen many bucks of this hue over the years. This is most likely due to the out-of-whack buck to doe ratios that wildlife managers would consider in that region of the state. It wouldn’t be surprising to see much more tortoiseshell does than bucks since it can run as high as 10 does to one penny on some areas of land.
Additionally, hunters are more likely to kill the bucks, and Texas has recently reported taking some tortoiseshell bucks. In Texas, killing color-phase whitetails is not against the law, and among the 600,000 or more deer that are killed there each year, there is no standard count.
Albino deer and other bright variants are now quite common on ranches with high fences and in facilities where deers are raised. Some are bright with standard-colored or even blue eyes, while others are real albino with pink eyes. Leucistic is the term for this.
In 2014, I was photographed with their adult duck” Rusty” at the Swenson Whitetail Ranch.
At the Seneca Army Depot, with TF & G Hunting Editor Lou Marullo, I saw a herd of leucistic whitetails.
Have you ever seen a hunter with an unusual color?
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