This whitetail doe has the most distinct black markings I've seen on a Texas deer.

This whitetail doe has the most distinct black markings I’ve seen on a Texas deer.

This doe, pictured near a pig pipe in April of 2009, has got more black markings than I’ve seen on a whitetail. Mitch Lockwood, head of the Whitetail program for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at the time, told me that state-wide they were seeing a lot more dark deer – some almost completely black – but that this one was the first from my area of Texas he’d seen. She raised a fawn on my property that year that was of normal coloration, and I haven’t seen the exotic looking mother in years since. Possibly she was just going through a “dark period” in her life in 2009? Or maybe somebody else shot her? I confess to thinking she would make an unusual mount, could almost pass for some sort of African antelope, to the unknowing viewer?

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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