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Have You Seen This? The mythical cow-deer

Video captures a very rare herd of pied/calico whitetail deer at Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary, in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Video captures a very rare herd of pied/calico whitetail deer at Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary, in West Bend, Wisconsin. (ViralHog via YouTube)


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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — I'll never forget my first deer hunt as a kid.

Sitting around the campfire while my grandpa and uncles told stories. Eating cold chili for breakfast. Hiking for what seemed like eternity. Waiting in the trees for something to happen.

Then, lo and behold, a buck came strutting into the meadow.

The sight of that majestic deer nearly took my breath away. So I can't help but wonder how that moment would've felt if it had been a piebald deer like you see in this video:

Aren't they beautiful? I know I used the descriptor "cow-deer" in the headline, but I meant that in the best possible way. These deer look almost otherworldly to me.

"This video captures a very rare herd of pied/calico whitetail deer that were once common in northern range," says the video's caption. "Due to overhunting in 1800s, most were killed off. Recessive gene appears once every 20,000 births. Legal to hunt and regarded as a trophy due to its rarity, but it is wise woodsmanship to allow them to reproduce and increase numbers."

A rare herd, indeed. I'm just glad someone was able to capture them on film.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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