Hunter Spots 12-Point Albino Buck in Tennessee: ‘Like Seeing a Ghost’

November 27, 2018 Updated: November 27, 2018

A Tennessee hunter said she had a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” when she spotted a 12-point albino buck.

Amy Henderson Hall posted photos and a video of the rare specimen on Facebook, saying the buck “walked right underneath me and hung out with me for 30 minutes.”

“I teared up and was totally amazed,” she wrote.

In an interview with Fox News, Hall said she spotted the animal Williamson County, located outside of Nashville.

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A Tennessee hunter said she had a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” when she spotted a 12-point albino buck. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency via Amy Hall)

“It was a very eerie, ghostly feeling,” she told Fox, adding it was the first time she spotted an albino deer. “It took my breath away.”

Hall, who hunts deer for meat for her family, told Fox that she wanted to share the photos to remind people that hunting albino deer is illegal in Tennessee. “It enjoyed the space, nothing ever bothered it,” she said. “This experience was amazing; it was like seeing a ghost.”

Hall then sent the photos and video of the deer to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Had a once in a lifetime experience today. This albino 12 point buck walked right underneath me and hung out with me for 30 minutes. I teared up and was totally amazed.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Amy Henderson Hall‎‏ في السبت، ١٧ نوفمبر ٢٠١٨

“Albino deer are illegal to harvest in Tennessee and are rare,” said the agency in a Facebook post. It also included a statement from Hall: “He was marvelous. He hung out with me for about 30 minutes. He couldn’t hear. Nothing spooked him at all. Getting so close to an albino was a once in a lifetime thing. It made me tear up a bit. Just special.”

According to website ProtectTheWhiteDeer.com, “It is currently illegal to shoot albino and white deer in most of Wisconsin” as well as in Illinois and Iowa.

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Hall then sent the photos and video of the deer to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency – Amy Hall)

“The white deer are entirely unique and beautiful. Most people describe them as striking, mesmerizing, and even magical. Whether you subscribe to the myths and superstitions of white deer or not, there’s no doubt they are beautiful and special to see. There is a reason people are so awed in their presence and so devastated when one is killed,” says the website.

It adds: “White deer are ordinary white-tailed deer with an extraordinary color. They are white or mostly white in color. The color is a genetic trait and is inherited but is extremely rare. White deer that lack all color pigments are called ‘true albinos.’ These animals are typically identified by their pink nose and eyes–the result of blood vessels showing through the skin and clear lens of the eyes.”

Another Rare Find: A Deer with ‘Two Heads’

In nearby Kentucky, another hunter made a rare find.

A hunter in Kentucky shot and killed a deer with an additional head attached to it, according to a Facebook post from a local government agency this week.

Bob Long said he saw large antlers before he took aim at the animal in Ballard County. However, “what he found upon recovery was astounding,” said the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Deer Rut Double Take: Check out this unique Ballard County harvest!Bob Long saw big antlers when he took aim at his…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources‎‏ في الخميس، ١٥ نوفمبر ٢٠١٨