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Old Nov 25th 2011, 11:53 AM   #1
 
  Feb 2011
  San Marcos, TX
I am a university professor studying color phases of deer and cervids. My goal is to document the distribution of melanistic white-tailed and mule deer I have received numerous messages from hunters that harvested melanistic deer and landowners with melanistic deer on their land. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge of melanistic deer in North America. I am also interested in securing a tissue sample from harvested deer for genetic studies. I can be contacted at jb02@txstate.edu
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Old Nov 25th 2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep
As far as I know there are no melanistic deer in the high fence deer industry. Some of us have been trying to get a post mortem collection to try to introduce the color into our deer industry with semen collected from a melanistic deer from the wild. I believe this would be the only way the gene could/will be introduced into domestic raised deer under high fence. Being a recessive gene one would think if it was in the industry we would have a melanistic deer sooner or later if the gene was present. I personally have been looking for about ten years in our deer industry and none have been found. If in your studies you have the chance to collect and freeze semen from a melanistic deer there are some in this industry that would be interested.
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Old Nov 26th 2011, 04:47 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
If you find some let me no. My number is at the bottom.
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 02:47 PM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  TN
Black Whitetail are more rare than White Whitetail.
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 02:58 PM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  TN
White Whitetail Deer
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 04:12 PM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  TN
Black Whitetail Buck
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 04:20 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  TN
Black Whitetail Fawn
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Old Dec 2nd 2011, 07:59 PM   #8
 
  May 2010
  nj
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As far as I know there are no melanistic deer in the high fence deer industry. Some of us have been trying to get a post mortem collection to try to introduce the color into our deer industry with semen collected from a melanistic deer from the wild. I believe this would be the only way the gene could/will be introduced into domestic raised deer under high fence. Being a recessive gene one would think if it was in the industry we would have a melanistic deer sooner or later if the gene was present. I personally have been looking for about ten years in our deer industry and none have been found. If in your studies you have the chance to collect and freeze semen from a melanistic deer there are some in this industry that would be interested.


jack got to have one,,, too go with my mule deer cross ,lol no realy got to have a strawm of a black deer
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 02:12 PM   #9
 
  Feb 2011
  San Marcos, TX
Actually this is a picture of a melanistic mule deer from Nevada.



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