​Albino Buck 11-Year-Old: Boy Upsets Animal Rights Group

Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Jun. 25, 2015

An albino buck shot by 11-year-old Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township, Michigan has upset several animal rights groups.

The deer was shot by the boy using a simple crossbow. The boy and his family spotted the animal several times, but didn’t know just how rare it was, according to the Examiner. Mick Dingman told the Livingston Daily that his son is thrilled about the albino buck capture.

“He kind of feels like a rock star right now. Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines … The whole neighborhood is familiar with it. Quite a few of the guys in the neighborhood were trying to get it.”

Mick Dingman said Gavin and his brother Graham, 13, were arguing during dinner over whose turn it was to hunt with their father Monday evening. Luckily for Gavin, it was his turn, and the albino buck was the prize.

When he saw the albino buck, 11-year-old Gavin said he was “very nervous” as he took aim with his crossbow. The boy recalled what happened.

“My dad was just like, ‘Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you’re not 100 percent, we don’t want to injure it,'”

Gavin took a photo with the albino buck and it has since gone viral, according to WebProNews. There has been mixed emotions over the photo with some animal rights activists upset. Other groups don’t support the idea that people are congratulating the boy for the kill.

The albino buck and the 11-year-old hunter met 30 yards from each other. “I double-lunged it,” he said. It wasn’t Gavin’s first buck. He shot a six-pointer “straight through the heart” last year with a crossbow, he said.

Mick Dingman said he had total confidence in his son’s ability to take the albino buck.

“I’ve had people tell me, ‘You should have taken the shot. You don’t let an 11-year-old take a shot at a deer like that’ … To me, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter if it’s a spike or a doe or a trophy deer. If you have confidence in them, it shouldn’t matter what they are shooting at.”

The albino buck for the 11-year-old is now a trophy to remind him of his hunting success. The family is having a taxidermist create a full-body mount of the deer. Despite their cultural and spiritual significance, many hunters seek the albino deer as a prized trophy, The Inquisitr notes.

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