Hunter bags rare albino deer
“I was pretty psyched about it,” the Janesville man said. “I haven’t heard of anybody shooting an albino deer.”
Carlson was hunting at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, on public land outside Milton when he emerged from the cold, wet snow to warm up his muscles.
“I heard a bunch of noise. I heard some ice cracking,” he said. “I turned my head and saw an albino deer coming at me.”
The doe was about 30 yards away when Carlson pointed his 12-gauge shotgun toward it.
He knew it was legal to kill white deer in southern Wisconsin’s chronic wasting disease zone because he had read the hunting regulations.
“I was pretty stoked about it,” Carlson said.
He has been hunting around the state for two years, but he had never seen a deer. He couldn’t believe his first deer was white.
After killing the deer, Carlson called his buddies. They didn’t buy his story. He texted them a picture for proof.
Four albino deer were registered in Jefferson County in 2008, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Two deer were bucks.
Carlson plans to mount his deer’s head.
He also wants to keep the hide.