Every year it seems a deer hunter takes a white buck from Logan County and this year is no exception.
Carl Moore of Oklahoma City bagged the unique trophy on the fourth day of muzzleloader season on his hunting lease north of Guthrie.
Moore had seen the white buck each of the last three years during the bow season, but the animal never came within range for a shot.
This year, the buck emerged from the cedars with three other regular whitetail bucks during the muzzleloader season, Moore said.
“The others (bucks) had nicer horns, but I probably would never get another shot at him,” Moore said of the white buck.
There are a few pockets of white deer around the state, but the largest is probably in Logan County. In fact, Moore said there is another buck in the area that is half-brown and half-white.
White deer are the same as other whitetails except for the color. The white color of the deer is the result of a recessive gene that occurs once in about 10,000 whitetails.
Many times, such animals are stunted or deformed and don’t reach adulthood because they are more susceptible to predators.
However, Moore said this white buck was the fattest deer he has ever killed. It weighed between 150 and 160 pounds field dressed.
It had three white hooves, a black one with a white tip and brown eyes, Moore said.
Hunters must obtain written permission from the director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to hunt white deer.
That law was passed in 1998 after a hunter took a white buck in Logan County in 1997, upsetting some who attempted to pass a law to protect them. White deer, much like a white buffalo, are viewed as sacred animals by some Native Americans.
A bill was introduced in the state Legislature in 1998 to make it unlawful for Oklahoma hunters to kill a white deer, but what passed was a compromise where hunters first had to obtain written permission.
About a dozen requests are made each year to the Wildlife Department to hunt white deer. At least one and or two are killed by hunters in Oklahoma each year, state wildlife officials said.