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Discussion in 'Fish & Wildlife Questions' started by plowboy, Jan 20, 2018.
I read that shooting an albino white tail was illegal in some states, is this true in Kentucky???
It's legal in KY.
depends on when you shoot it
As long as deer season is in it is legal. Shoot it.
I agree if you don't somebody else will
I know they’re pretty and all,but don’t the white and piebald deer ,have some kind of bad genetic’s or something.Why would they not want them taken out of the herd.
From an evolutionary perspective, there are versions of a gene called an allele. Most of the time, these alleles are either dominant or recessive. In the case of a white or piebald deer, it may or may not be an advantage or disadvantage depending on what environment that it resides in.
In a forest with many predators, a deer with a largely white coat would have a disadvantage avoiding predation, and would be eliminated from the population, and the gene for a white coat would not be passed on the subsequent generations. In an area devoid of predators, this coat color would not effect the reproductive fitness of the individual, so the white coat could appear more frequently in the population, depending if the allele was dominant or recessive. Finally, if the white coat was advantageous, this could select for a greater number of white coated deer in the population. Beneficial, harmful and neutral mutations, combined with the immediate environment drive natural selection.
So, what we think as "bad" or "good" doesn't matter, it's about what beneficial alleles can be passed to future generations, and depending on the environment at the time, what is "beneficial" can change.
Here is a great example:
Hey, look- a textbook explanation of basic evolution...complete with Darwin's finches.
I grew up in IL near a state park that had "white" white tails. The true albinos were definitely defective, having very poor vision and hearing (although they seemed to still have strong scenting abilities but I can't quantify that). The mostly white ones did not seem to be negatively effected.
When someone shot one of the albinos it caused an uproar and the bunny huggers got a state law passed forbidding the shooting of any "all white deer".
Fortunately, the local biologists and game wardens understood that these deer were not in the best interests if the herd overall. Therefore two bits of gossip went out. First, please shoot these deer if you see any evidence at all that they are NOT "all white" and we will support you as long as the evidence allows (buck rubbing left with a stained forehead - shoot it - as one of my close friends did). Second, don't go around "dragging and bragging" and get the antis all worked up. Keep it low key and don't do their work for them.
I seen a bunch at BGAD when I was up there. You cant kill them on post tho.
Legal here. I don't know if I'd shoot one, or not. Mixed feelings on this.