2017-11-09 / Outdoors

Piebald deer harvested in Elmwood

Piebald whitetails are somewhat rare in the wild, so Elmwood Township hunter Noel Flohe didn’t know what he was looking at in the swamp.

“It was quite a sight,” Flohe recalled about the second does he saw Monday evening while archery hunt. “I thought I’d wait awhile to see if any other ones came in. I looked down into that swamp and saw white, and I thought, ‘What is that? Are two deer backing up?”

As it turned out, a piebald deer — one with patches of white fur scattered around its body — was slowly heading up the trail to a pile of corn at his deer stand.

Flohe took the shot from his crossbow, and retrieved his second antlerless deer of the season just a few yards from his stand.

Flohe said he is happy to end his hunting with plenty of meat for the season, even if he didn’t get a chance to shoot a legal buck. He has seen a fork-horn several times this season, but nothing large enough to tag. Bucks in northwest Michigan must have at least three points on one antler side. His “combo” license only offers two tags.

“I can’t be out there with a gun,” he said. “I was used to seeing 5-6 bucks a season, but all I’ve seen so far is the four-point.”

Plus, he recalled last season when he continually observed a large doe and figured she would attract a shoot-able buck during the rut, which is now underway.

“But she went to where the boys were, and she didn’t come back for a month and a half,” he said.

Plus, Flohe added, he’s found a way to eat more venison. He had his butcher mix venison from his first doe with hamburg, which appealed to his wife.

“Golly, she’s using it all the time now. I guess we’ve got the right formula.”

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