Shooting of white deer was legal, but violates towns' informal code

2012-11-21T15:45:00Z 2012-11-22T08:04:24Z Shooting of white deer was legal, but violates towns' informal codeTIM DAMOS | Baraboo News Republic
November 21, 2012 3:45 pm  • 

The out-of-town hunters who shot white deer in two small Sauk County communities during opening weekend were within their rights, according to state hunting regulations.

But that doesn't matter to the people of Leland and Plain who have watched the genetically defected animals grow up and consider them part of the area's natural beauty. To them, the hunters ignored an informal alliance.

"They've been hunting here for years and coming into our bar. They know how we feel," said Amy Sprecher, owner of Sprecher's Bar in Leland, about the Fond du Lac hunters who left town Saturday after one of them shot a white deer outside Leland.

She has observed the deer, taken their photos and even named some of them since she returned to her hometown 10 years ago. And she's not the only one.

The man she bought her home from watched and photographed the deer for years. Sprecher and her neighbors recently held a "White Deer Party" to share stories and photographs.

Hunters are restricted from shooting albino deer throughout most of Wisconsin. However, the restriction does not apply in the state's chronic wasting disease management zones, which include Leland and Plain.

Also, the state Department of Natural Resources does not consider a white deer to be albino if it has any dark spots or does not have a pink nose and eyes. The deer shot near Leland has a brown spot on its rear and does not have pink facial features.

DNR Law Enforcement Bureau Assistant Chief Karl Brooks said regulations allow the killing of albino deer in CWD zones because they are just as likely to contract and spread the disease as any other deer. They have been protected throughout the rest of the state for more than 72 years.

"It's a social issue," Brooks said. "People like to see them. By nature they're a genetic defect."

One white deer was killed a half mile outside Leland near the intersection of Highways PF and C. The other was shot just outside the village of Plain on Ohio Road.

"I'd like to see them bring the white deer back here so we can enjoy it," said Eileen Muchow, who lives northeast of Plain. "But it would never happen."

Sprecher said she would like to see the state outlaw the killing of white and albino deer even in CWD management zones. She plans to give the hunters who killed white deer this weekend "a piece of her mind" if they return to her tavern.

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  1. classic
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    classic - November 22, 2012 8:41 am
    Question for Leland residents. Are these so called hunters from out of town a group that leases land do they own land. If leasing don't renew the lease. Or don't sell land to those from the city areas. Most of them lack ethics. It is hard enough for the average person to find land to hunt on. I have had to hunt public areas for two years.
  2. classic
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    classic - November 22, 2012 8:38 am
    Your title says it all Mad. Nothing but a liberal Madtown tool.
  3. MSNbubble
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    MSNbubble - November 22, 2012 8:00 am
    We can come by and shoot your bubble rats if like.
  4. River
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    River - November 21, 2012 9:36 pm
    Kill 'em all, especially the rare ones with lots of points! It's legal and what we have a season for.
  5. IowaMom
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    IowaMom - November 21, 2012 9:21 pm
    White deer, brown deer, what's the difference? Shoot em all you tards.
  6. Madravenspeak
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    Madravenspeak - November 21, 2012 8:53 pm
    The genetic defect is in the DNR - in its DNA. They protect NOTHING, especially non-hunter rights and wildlife. They are a killing business serving up killing to their sole clientele: trappers, hounders and serial killers of our wildife, and are raping out our wildlife everywhere on all public lands.

    The DNR considers all wildlife to be vermin and fair game for their killing business to maintain hunting / trapper power over the political process. See Scott Walker in his grotesque camo/orange outfit fielding questions about his complicity in the campaign corruption of his staff in his last job. He appointed "Kaz" who owns Buck Rub Outfitters to the Natural Resources Board to fulfill the new legislative mandate that hunters also control the board. Kaz is touted on the NRA web site as an "extreme hunter activist" and Wisconsin is now a model for the NRA in land and wildlife power takeover to destroy wildlife everywhere.

    It was interesting to see a hunter from Leland protesting the killing of white deer as a "moral issue". Seems white guys even take their pigmentation preferences into deer. Killing all deer is a moral issue that should be addressed and ended. Restore the wolves, restore the bears, restore the ecosystems we all depend on and give the 90% majority 80 years of only saving licenses to balance out the past 80 years of only killing licenses so we can restore life to our woods and protect white and brown deer. Both innocent, beautiful and to be honored as all life is magical.
  7. Mike123
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    Mike123 - November 21, 2012 4:16 pm
    "By nature, they are a genetic defect" according to DNR official. They are, I am sorry to say, a rarity, not a defect...perhaps this statement is intended to demonize those "defective" deer, so that it is okay to shoot them

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