The albino deer is considered to be “arguably Cape Girardeau’s most notorious deer,” according to Jerry Kinnaman, who bagged the rare buck Tuesday morning.
“This is a buck of a lifetime,” Kinnaman told the Washington Post.
While deer hunting is completely legal in the southeast Missouri region, some folks were not happy with the kill.
Occasionally spotting the albino buck while driving through the city, locals felt a connection with it.
“I was the same way as anybody else about this deer, so I understand the relationship some of these people have,” Kinnaman said.
After accomplishing the controversial feat, Kinnaman made a Facebook status describing his latest kill. “Not my biggest buck but at 7 ½ years old he might be the oldest,” he wrote. “Let the bashing begin!”
According to Kinnaman, Facebook users did not hold back. He told the Washington Post that he even received death threats over the deer.
“People are all tough on the computer,” Kinnaman said. “But it’s easy for them to say that because they know they’re not going to get in trouble for it.”
Kinnaman went on to explain that the buck was not in good health when he shot it. He said the deer did not have “an ounce of fat on him.” His taxidermist also noticed its teeth were in poor condition.
Kinnaman believes the deer would have died this year, regardless of whether he harvested it or not. “They never thought about how hard it would be for this deer to survive once he got to a certain age,” he said.
The deer hunting enthusiast also denounced any rumors claiming that he shot the albino buck for a reward; he even contacted a local conservation department office to see if he had broken any regulations.
Kinnaman said he is considering donating the mount to a local nature center so that the people of Cape Girardeau can continue seeing their beloved buck.