Can I shoot a piebald deer in Michigan?

Some believe spotting a white deer is good luck. In some states, it is illegal to kill white deer. In 2008, Michigan changed the law to allow the hunting of albino deer.

It is LEGAL to harvest albino, all-white or piebald deer in Michigan (piebald deer are white with some brown markings). Part of the confusion about the legality may stem from the fact that until 2008 albino and all-white deer were protected in Michigan and could not be harvested by hunters.

What states is it illegal to shoot a piebald deer?

Some biologists claim only 1 in 100,000 deer is born albino. They are illegal to kill in several states, including Illinois; Iowa; portions of Montana; Tennessee; and Wisconsin, except in areas where chronic wasting disease is a problem.

Is it illegal to shoot an albino buck in Michigan?

Some believe spotting a white deer is good luck. In some states, it is illegal to kill white deer. In 2008, Michigan changed the law to allow the hunting of albino deer. However, in many communities local residents become attached to the rare game and seek to protect them.

How rare are albino deers?

Albinism is much rarer and may only be observed in one in 30,000 deer. There is also a very rare melanistic condition that causes a deer’s coloration to be extremely dark and sometimes black.

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