South Georgia hunter scores rare 'completely white' deer

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A South Georgia hunter came away from his hunting trip with a rare find early Thursday morning- a "completely white" 4-point deer.

Hunter Sam Hogan showed off the game in Tift County. He says the deer weighed in at 140 pounds.

Officials at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division say the animal is almost never seen.

In 2012, the number of registered hunters in Georgia totaled 318,113. The deer population for the state was roughly 1 million. And the deer harvest for the 2012-2013 hunting season was recorded at 385,410. State records show the average deer harvest per hunter was 1.21 for the 2012-2013 season.

In Georgia, state law limits a hunter's harvest to ten does and two bucks per season.

Brent Howz, a Wildlife Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Management Section says finding an all white, or albino deer is a rare occurrence in any state.

Howz said he personally has never seen an albino deer in his career, or known anyone who has.

Albino animals of any kind carry a recessive trait that turns fur white, ears and nose pink, and eyes red. In deer, albino traits also turn antlers a pink shade early in the year.

Howz said this white deer was most-likely 1.5 years old. Classically, white-tailed deer are considered to become mature at 3 to 5 years of age.

Meanwhile, Hogan wants to have his prize mounted, and said he will take it to a taxidermist.

Deer season in Georgia for rifle hunters runs from October 19 through January 15.

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