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Rare deer colorations - anyone else have pics or videos? #8799304 02/10/23 08:18 PM
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I got some footage of a melanistic white-tailed doe this last season in Central Texas.

Thought I'd share it and see if anyone else have pics or videos of some cool animals with different color variants.

If so, post below, please!



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I've seen a few piebalds over the years, two of them at Fort Meade in Maryland just outside of DC. This is a young fawn that was hit by the car in front of us on Fort Meade.

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There used to be a full body mount of a melanistic WT Buck at Gander Mountain Corsicana.


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I see a 1 or 2 almost every year in Comal Co.

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I used to hunt a ranch on 1826(camp ben road ) its now a housing development called circle C in Austin, had quite a few of the black deer and the black bucks all had really yellow horns, never did shoot one for some reason always let em walk, just thought it was cool to see them

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fredgus, I live on the other side of the wildflower center and see a couple every year. Also there was a ranch that some red elk got out that are in that area also. Neighbor got some good pics


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There's somewhat of a concentration of them between Kingsbury in Guadalupe County up to and around Kyle in Hays County.

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Around San Marcus.

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I have seen one in south San Saba county.

Re: Rare deer colorations - anyone else have pics or videos? [Re: Son of a Blitch] #8800195 02/12/23 04:27 PM
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Hill country is supposed to have the highest concentration of melanistic deer in the whole US. I've seen a few piebald deer on Ft Hood back in the 90s. Just saw an albino standing on the side of 281 outside of Lampasas last spring. With such a high population in the Central Texas area stands to reason there are more chances for mutation especially in small areas like Morgan's Point or any number of neighborhoods with two five acres lots.

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" However, a 1999 study by Dr. John T. Baccus and John C. Posey at Texas Tech University reported an incidence rate of 8.5 percent in an area covering eight central Texas counties: Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Travis, and Williamson. This is the highest known localized incidence rate of melanism anywhere in the whitetail’s range. This 8-county region straddles the eastern edge of the Edwards Plateau Ecological Region (pictured below) and adjacent areas of the Blackland Prairie Ecological Region, known as Balcones Escarpment. This area holds the only known population of whitetails in North America experiencing melanism at a significantly elevated rate."


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Originally Posted by Texas452
Around San Marcus.

Had one around the corner from my house last fall. Where was this pic taken?



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One of my Navy buddies took a piebald yearling off of Yorktown Naval Station with a crossbow. He kept the skin and had it over the back of his couch.
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I saw an albino buzzard last week, 1st I've ever saw

See I have been dumping pigs behind my house way out in the pasture and I have a decent pile going now

So there's been 30-50 buzzards stacked up in there in the trees feeding

And sure enough 1 was solid white, couldn't get the phone camera to work good enough thru the binos to share the pic

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Maybe not rare, but I saw the yearling behind the New Braunfels high school driving to school one morning. One of the prettiest deer I have ever seen on the hoof

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Originally Posted by Bones72
Hill country is supposed to have the highest concentration of melanistic deer in the whole US. I've seen a few piebald deer on Ft Hood back in the 90s. Just saw an albino standing on the side of 281 outside of Lampasas last spring. With such a high population in the Central Texas area stands to reason there are more chances for mutation especially in small areas like Morgan's Point or any number of neighborhoods with two five acres lots.


There used to be a small heard of all white whitetail deer just north of the Lampasas airport. Haven't seen them in a few years but I'm not over there as often as I used to be.


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Great pics! Stoked to see all these!


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Those melanistic deer look cool! I've never seen one before.

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That is a super cool full body mount!

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I passed on this deer for most of the season. It was our first year to lease part of this ranch. Heard rifle shots on east fence one day. The ranch to east was about 11,000 acres and was supposed to be quail hunting only. This deer alway hung out in a small draw close to the east fence. I thought they would probably shoot him so I decided I would but would only do so if i did a full body mount. Hunted there for 13 years never saw another like that one.

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I noticed watching this deer for couple of months the other deer would avoid him. If other deer were feeding on a flat or side of the hill, when this deer approached them they all would leave. He was alway alone.

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