South Georgia hunter scores rare 'completely white' deer - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

South Georgia hunter scores rare 'completely white' deer

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:31:53 GMT
    The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.More >>
    Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.More >>
  • Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:01:54 GMT
    A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people.More >>
    A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S....More >>
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:52:50 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...More >>
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local...More >>
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia hunter came away from his hunting trip with a rare find early Thursday morning- a "completely white" 4-point deer.

Hunter Sam Hogan showed off the game in Tift County. He says the deer weighed in at 140 pounds.

Officials at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division say the animal is almost never seen.

In 2012, the number of registered hunters in Georgia totaled 318,113. The deer population for the state was roughly 1 million. And the deer harvest for the 2012-2013 hunting season was recorded at 385,410. State records show the average deer harvest per hunter was 1.21 for the 2012-2013 season.

In Georgia, state law limits a hunter's harvest to ten does and two bucks per season.

Brent Howz, a Wildlife Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Management Section says finding an all white, or albino deer is a rare occurrence in any state.

Howz said he personally has never seen an albino deer in his career, or known anyone who has.

Albino animals of any kind carry a recessive trait that turns fur white, ears and nose pink, and eyes red. In deer, albino traits also turn antlers a pink shade early in the year.

Howz said this white deer was most-likely 1.5 years old. Classically, white-tailed deer are considered to become mature at 3 to 5 years of age.

Meanwhile, Hogan wants to have his prize mounted, and said he will take it to a taxidermist.

Deer season in Georgia for rifle hunters runs from October 19 through January 15.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow