by Prissy Holly / on October 27, 2014
The sixth-grader from Oceola Township, Michigan, took down the deer during a hunting excursion on Monday with his dad.
“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 said.Jordan Browne, who is an avid outdoorsman, journalist, and host of Michigan Out-of-Doors Television, is currently acting as a spokesperson on behalf of the family. He said that he expected some people to be upset when Gavin’s picture with the albino deer was posted on social media, but wasn’t expecting for the comments to turn threatening.
“I was surprised mainly by the personal attacks on an 11-year-old kid they have no association with. When you look at his picture, he looks like the sweetest kid,” Browne said.The boy’s father, Mick Dingman, said in an interview that the family’s celebration has now turned into an “unimaginable nightmare,” as his son is now receiving “death threats and everything else that you can imagine.”
Albino deer are extremely rare, and bucks are the rarest of all, with wildlife biologists estimating that only one in 100,000 are born with the trait.
The trait is often times seen as undesirable among wild populations, and some wildlife experts encourage hunters to target them for hunting. But the decision whether to pass on a deer is always left up to the hunter, despite whether the deer has this rare trait or not.
It’s pretty insane that people would call for the death of an 11-year-old boy simply because they do not feel that he should have taken the life of a deer. It’s not like deer are going extinct anytime soon.