11-Year-Old Bags Rare Albino Deer

Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township, Michigan took down a 12-point rare albino deer while hunting with his father
Albino Deer
Gavin with his 12-point albino buck|Photo by Photo © Family Photo

“He kind of feels like a rock star right now,” said Mick Dignman about his son, eleven-year-old Gavin Dingman who bagged an extremely rare albino deer while hunting last week. “Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines.”

According to the Dingmans, the albino deer lived in the area and had been spotted by the family several times in the past few years.

“The whole neighborhood is familiar with it. Quite a few of the guys in the neighborhood were trying to get it,” Mick Dingman said in an interview with USA Today.

When Gavin and his father spotted the deer while out hunting they decided to take a shot at bagging it.  However, Gavin admitted to being “very nervous” when taking aim at the deer with his crossbow.

“My dad was just like, ‘Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you’re not 100 percent, we don’t want to injure it,’ ” the boy recalled.

This is not Gavin’s first buck. He shot a six-pointer last year, making his father confident that he would be able to take the albino buck as well.

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“I’ve had people tell me, ‘You should have taken the shot. You don’t let an 11-year-old take a shot at a deer like that,’ ” he said. “To me, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter if it’s a spike or a doe or a trophy deer. If you have confidence in them, it shouldn’t matter what they are shooting at.”

The family is having a taxidermist create a full-body mount of the deer.

Wondering how rare an albino deer really is?

In a December 2013 report published by USA TODAY, Wisconsin naturalist John Bates, co-author of “White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest,” said albino deer are born once in about 20,000 births. Some biologists claim only one in 100,000 deer is born albino, the report said.

For more information, visit USA Today.