This hunter's first-ever kill with a compound is a snow-white doe.
It's a safe bet North Carolina's Will Hadley will never forget his first whitetail harvest with a compound bow. The doe he took is a true albino, snow white from head to toe.
"I saw the white deer on an earlier hunt, and it was well within shooting range," Hadley told Carolina Sportsman. "I said a little prayer about it, and just decided that wasn't the day to shoot it. But, I couldn't resist taking a selfie with my iPhone with the deer in the background."
Hadley was actually very familiar with the 4.5-year-old doe. In fact, at one time, there were two of them in the area. One of them was the mother to the deer Hadley eventually shot. He's been watching the deer since it was just a fawn.
"I watched them for years, on trail cameras and from my hunting stand. I've got hundreds of photos of them, and saw them both many dozens of times over the years," Hadley told Carolina Sportsman.
He's always been hesitant about taking either of the does, but things changed for Hadley when the doe's mother mysteriously disappeared this year.
"Once the older one disappeared from trail cameras and I began seeing only the younger one, I began to question my decision not to shoot them," Hadley told Carolina Sportsman. "I wanted to be able to preserve the beauty of that white deer rather than just have it disappear like the other one. I figured I better shoot it before it gets hit by a car, a coyote, another hunter, or whatever happened to the older albino," he said.
After the initial encounter where he passed on a shot, Hadley actually moved his stand because he was still struggling with the decision to shoot the deer, and he tried to avoid another encounter. But it seems it was meant to be, because on October 15, the doe showed up again and offered a 25-yard shot he couldn't resist.
He found the white doe after a 120-yard tracking job. That was Hadley's first deer with a compound bow in his second season of hunting with the weapon.
Hadley's deer is at least the second albino taken by a bowhunter here in the U.S. this season, that we know of. An albino buck was also downed earlier this month near Boise, Idaho, by Kendall Rivers.