During Wisconsin’s gun deer season opener, the DNR says an albino deer was mistakenly shot and killed. Fox 25/48's Brooke Schweiters is here with more on how a local conservation club looks to turn the incident into a learning experience.
During the 9-day gun deer season, Wisconsin hunters enjoy the freedom of hitting the woods in search of a prize buck.
"We're very excited about the hunting season. Kind of our time of the year. Members have been busy getting their guns sighted in and now it's time to go out and use them."
But what's not fair game? Albino, or all-white deer, according to the Wisconsin DNR'S 2017 hunting regulations. On Saturday morning, the DNR says a local hunter mistakenly shot an albino deer because of the brown on its head.
"So, if it's an all-white deer not including the head, the hooves or the tarsal glands, then it's a protected animal."
The DNR says upon realization, the hunter immediately turned himself in and the albino deer was confiscated by the DNR.
"What he prefers was to make sure others could learn from this, that we could keep that animal within the community, and use it as a learning experience."
And that's where it went. The buck was brought to Gunderson Foods where it was processed and the meat will be taken to the local food pantry. The deer will then be donated to the Mondovi Conservation Club, where the president says it will be used as a learning tool.
"What we are going to do is have a full body mount of the deer and will have it on display at our clubhouse and will use it for our hunter safety program. Basically, to teach hunters what not to shoot. There are questions about what is an albino deer and what isn't."
"Being able to use the story as an example of what the right thing is to do as a sportsman when you find yourself in those situations and reiterate how we protect white deer and why we protect white deer."
Brooke Schweiters, Fox 25/48 First News at Nine.
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