Whitetail Deer Hunting Gain a better understanding of the World's most popular big game animal and the techniques that will help you become a better deer hunter.

Ever see a black deer ?

Old 12-16-2003, 07:13 AM
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
bearklr's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lancaster pa
Posts: 3,015
Default Ever see a black deer ?

I have heard alot of talk about white deer and albinos but it turns out that they are not the rarest color pattern found in nature. A melanistic or black deer is far more rare than a white one. I have never heard of this until my brother saw one last week while hunting. I was a little skeptical at first but after a little research I found that it is quite possible. Here is a link for those interested.

bearklr is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 09:04 AM
Fork Horn
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: La-Tex
Posts: 246
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

Back in the mid '70s me and another fellow hunted this big jet black buck for 4 yrs. We would see him several times a year but never were able to get a shot off at him. Years later I talked to another hunter that hunted close to the same area who said he and some of his buds had also seen this deer several times, but were never able to get a shot either. Never heard of anyone killing him so I guess he died of old age or got hit by a car or something. I'm sure if someone had killed him it would have made the news down here.
A5Mag12 is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 09:08 AM
Giant Nontypical
farmcntry's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NC
Posts: 6,764
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

I saw one doe? about 4 years ago cross this guys yard in broad daylight.
I thought he was crazy until I went to the window and saw it myself. The only white on this deer was under the tail.
farmcntry is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 09:43 AM
Boone & Crockett
PABowhntr's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Lehigh County PA USA
Posts: 12,157
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

Andrew Hargrove shot this rare melanistic buck in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 2002.
I remember this picture and the story being in our local paper last year. He took it about 40 minutes from my home.

It is trully an unusual circumstance to find a melanistic deer in your area. I have seen a few "dark colored" deer over the years but nothing that I would classify as melanistic.
PABowhntr is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 10:16 AM
Boone & Crockett
Aught Six's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 13,220
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

Looks like my dog, only five times heavier and with antlers.
Aught Six is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Georgia
Posts: 2,032
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

black deer white deer who gives a hoo-ha bust it,especially if it has character like color or non-typical, my favorite
trophyhuntr is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 11:47 AM
Nontypical Buck
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Pine Hill Alabama USA
Posts: 1,280
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

I saw one once but I'm not sure it was a whitetail. A very large herd of Fallow deer where accidentally released into the wild near where I live. They have a tendence to have a lot more weird color variations than typical whitetails. They also have some big weird looking non typical racks. Most of them have been killed off now but every now and again someone will still see one.
Todd1700 is offline  
Old 12-16-2003, 11:54 AM
Nontypical Buck
Bulzeye's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Too close to Chicago
Posts: 3,337
Default RE: Ever see a black deer ?

Never saw a black one, but I had one turn white when he saw me pointing my bow in his direction.
Bulzeye is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
08-08-2007 06:13 AM
Whitetail Deer Hunting
12-10-2005 08:18 AM
09-25-2005 07:10 AM
fairchase Larry
Whitetail Deer Hunting
01-09-2005 12:45 PM
Whitetail Deer Hunting
01-03-2004 12:50 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Quick Reply: Ever see a black deer ?

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.