The national news has been reporting teasing amounts of information about an Oklahoma state representative who shot a deer, got the local newspaper to do a story on it and then was issued a citation for doing it illegally.
A call to the law enforcement folks of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation found out the guy didn’t have the special, no-cost permit required to shoot a white deer in Oklahoma. He had the regular hunting license and the normal deer license.
Thing is, in Oklahoma hunters must get a special permit from the department director to shoot a deer that’s all or partially white. (The deer in question was a piebald, meaning it was partially white.)
In some states it’s totally illegal to shoot a white deer. According to Wildlife and Parks officials they’re treated like any other deer in Kansas. If you have the proper hunting license and deer permits take your time and squeeze the trigger or archery release.
The only white deer I’ve seen in the wild was a small spike buck on public lands in Pennsylvania. I’m guessing he didn’t last too long once gun season opened.
Twenty or so years ago there were photos around of some white mule deer in western Kansas. About eight or nine years ago Eagle photographer Travis Heying photographed a small white buck on the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. It was very interesting that none of the refuge staff had ever seen that buck or gotten any reports that it was around.
Such deer are just unique color phases of run-of-the-mill deer we have roaming around Kansas.
So, with a few more bowhunts left this year and the January season for does, what would I do if a legal white deer walked out within range?
I’d probably let it walk, but that’s just me.