Calico Buck / Calico Deer

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Is There Such a Thing As a Calico Deer?

Calico Buck
Netlore Archive: Emailed photos purport to show a "calico buck" shot by a hunter somewhere in Wisconsin (or Michigan, Arkansas, West Virginia, or Georgia, depending on version).. Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

Description: Viral images
Circulating since: Jan. 2009
Status: Mislabeled

Email contributed by Jolene W., Feb. 5, 2009:

FW: Calico Buck

These pictures are amazing.  I never knew such a deer existed, let alone in Wisconsin. 

Here is a calico buck that a hunter shot in WI. He sent these pictures to a bunch of people to see what he could get and the owner of Cabela's paid him $13,000 for the head and hide. A calico buck like this one is rarer then an albino.
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Image #2

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email
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Image #3

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email
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Analysis: Call It "Calico" or "Piebald," This Deer Is Real

The word "calico" aptly describes the coloring of this handsome animal, though "piebald" is more often used.

Piebald deer are white-tailed deer with a genetic defect resulting in a coat with asymmetrical white and brown (or white and black) patches. Experts say the anomaly is quite rare.

Though piebald deer can presumably be found anywhere white-tailed deer are common — including Wisconsin, where the specimen in the photographs was allegedly killed — it so happens that this deer was actually bagged in east Texas. According to the deer hunting and management website Buck Manager, the 195-pound buck was "harvested" on Nov. 2, 2008 (EXIF data embedded in the images confirms the photos were taken on that date) near Palestine, Texas by James Curtis of Belleville, Texas.

Among the falsehoods one finds in the various captions accompanying these photos on the Internet are the claims that the deer was killed in Michigan, Arkansas, West Virginia, or Georgia, and that the carcass was sold to hunting outfitter Cabela's for $13,000.

See also:

Albino Fawn Pictures
Viral images show a completely white albino fawn photographed near Stanley, North Dakota, the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, or West Liberty, Kentucky — depending on which version of the story you choose to believe.

Black Fawn Pictures
Images circulating via forwarded email show a "melanistic" fawn covered head-to-toe in black fur. The photos are real, despite some skepticism among social media users.

Sources and further reading:

Piebald Deer - What Are They?
Buck Manager, 17 July 2007

Piebald Buck Is from East Texas
Buck Manager, 30 December 2008

Last updated: 12/05/15

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