Piebald deer

Rare Deer? – The Piebald Deer

Grant Woods |

This is why piebald deer often occur at way less than one percent of the population.

They are protected in some states and legal for harvest in others. Protecting deer that could possibly pass on low quality genetic traits isn’t good management. However, even in areas where they are protected they rarely exceed one percent of the population. An exception is an army base in New York where any deer that is partially white has been protected for years while “normal” deer have been harvested. In that population piebald deer composed more than five percent of the herd.

A friend of mine, Kable, has been photographing this piebald deer on his farm for three years – since it was a fawn. It’s a very rare piebald deer to survive to that age. The population of piebald deer on his farm isn’t increasing and this is a rare and beautiful deer to watch.  I’d give this doe a pass also.

Growing and studying deer together,

Grant Woods


About Grant Woods

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Dr. Grant Woods was raised and began his love of white-tailed deer as a bow hunter in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.