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11-Year-Old Makes Rare Sighting — Then Decides to Pull the Trigger

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"My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot?'"

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Mick Dingman and his family first spotted an Albino deer in their neighborhood in Livingston County, Michigan a couple of years ago. They snapped some photos but didn't give much thought to it otherwise — until Dingman spotted the deer again last week while taking his son hunting.

That's when 11-year-old Gavin Dingman "double-lunged" the 12-point Albino buck from 30 yards away.

"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 of the moments before he took the shot.

Since then, Mick said "all the hunting shows and hunting magazines" have been trying to contact the family.

One Wisconsin naturalist and co-author of "White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest" said Albino deer are so rare they're only born once in every 20,000 deer while others believe they're born once in every 100,000.

As for what they'll do with the kill, Mick said they're creating a full body mount: "It's too rare and too pretty not to spend the extra money and have the whole thing done," he said.

And this isn't Gavin's first time killing a buck. He told Livingston Daily that he shot a six-point buck "straight through the heart" with a crossbow last year.

TheBlaze attempted contacted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and asked about the public's reaction to the sighting and killing of the rare deer. The department did not provide a response by the time of this story's publication.

(H/T: Livingston Daily Press and Argus)

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