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Anybody ever see a black doe? She showed up on the Southern Iowa corn feeder live cam.

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  • Anybody ever see a black doe? She showed up on the Southern Iowa corn feeder live cam.

    I wonder what causes that? She may have some Mule deer genes in her?
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    Another photo of Ms Black.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
      Another photo of Ms Black.
      Where is Bioguy when you need him? LOL

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      • #4
        My vote goes for Mule deer.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rockhound View Post
          My vote goes for Mule deer.
          A lady on the a Iowa cam website said it's a winter coat? ??
          I never seen them that black in the winter.

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          • #6
            Still has all the normal white spots, so I wouldn't think it has anything to do with melanin. I've seen some dark looking whitetails, but not like her. Definitely a good looking deer.

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            • #7
              It looks to me She is in a Early Winter Coat color.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                It looks to me She is in a Early Winter Coat color.
                Tree, I have seen many winter buckskins before, but this baby is black.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JM1993 View Post
                  Still has all the normal white spots, so I wouldn't think it has anything to do with melanin. I've seen some dark looking whitetails, but not like her. Definitely a good looking deer.
                  She looks the same color as a blackbuck doe in Africa.
                  Google it.

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                  • #10
                    I forgot there are some non hunters on Southern Iowa Live feeder cam website.
                    One lady asked me what the G2's or a G3's were that I mentioned on a buck.
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                    • #11
                      Both of them are good lookin deer.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                        It looks to me She is in a Early Winter Coat color.
                        Big>G NY deer & NJ deer are the same, that's the color i've only seen in NY/Mas Boarder deer, back in the 70s, We don't have a snow winter in Fl, Our deer turn a very dk/gray/dk~Brown just before the first frost.

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                        • #13
                          I have seen quite a few deer with coloration that is that dark. Never considered it to be melanistic, which is a hundred times rarer than albinism.

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                          • #14
                            I don't think that this deer is melanistic, but here are some melanistic, or at least very dark deer (and turkeys).
                            http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2010/09/texas-black-fawn
                            http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2007/11/unusual-sighting-black-mule-deer
                            http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/big-buck-zone/2008/08/more-deer-turkey-oddities
                            http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes/2014/06/black-long-beard-rare-melanistic-turkey-taken-new-york#page-2
                            http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes/texas-teen-harvests-ultra-rare-all-black-whitetail

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                            • #15
                              I have seen plenty of whitetail doe darker than that where I hunt. I think it's a genetic trait and the deer of that part of northern Michigan are like that because they blend in with that forest better.

                              It's worth noting that the last 2 years the weather turned EXACTLY halfway thru my hunts. Going from too warm to, frickin' cold overnight.

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