Even though albino deer are ultra-rare, a 12-point was recently harvested by Michigan 11-year old Gavin Dingman.
Who said age matters when it comes to being a successful deer hunter? 11-year old Gavin Dingman, from Oceola Township in Michigan, was recently granted a very rare opportunity to kill an albino deer. Not only was it an albino deer – it was a 12-point albino deer.
The sixth grade student was able to pinpoint his crossbow at the albino deer and take it with one double-lung shot. His father left the decision completely up to Gavin, telling him that he wanted it to be a one-and-done shot, hoping to not merely injure the deer. Gavin took it upon his own shoulders to deliver the hit.
According to reports, this albino deer has been stalked and hunted by others for an extended period of time, so Gavin feels like somewhat of a hero.
Albino deer are rare in United States. Albino, whether in humans or wild animals, is characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of melanin, also referred to as albinism.
It is said that the albino deer is only one in around 10,000 births. Due to the low odds, Gavin is going to have a taxidermist preserve the entire body of the buck as a memory of that “one” shot.
On behalf of hunters everywhere, we’d like to congratulate Gavin on his harvest.