At what point does bagging a deer become a mercy kill? For years, residents of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri say they had caught glimpses of a mature albino buck in the woods. One hunter especially has been keeping an eye on the old buck, and this year he decided to harvest the animal. According to KFVS12, bowhunter Jerry Kinnaman shot the buck on his property on Tuesday, and he said that it is probably the best way for the old deer to pass.
Laid out on the ground, the buck bore signs of past battles and old scars. It is uncommon for any albino or white deer to survive into adulthood, much less old age, but this buck seems to have weathered the years. As Kinnamen showed in a video, the deer had almost no teeth left and had small, white hooves.
“He’s probably been shot a couple times by someone with a spotlight, probably been hit by a car a time or two,” the hunter claimed.