ST. LOUIS (AP) — A hunter in southeast Missouri who killed a rare albino deer said Friday that he's received online threats but that he doesn't regret his actions.
Jerry Kinnaman shot a 10-point white buck with a bow and arrow on a friend's property outside Cape Girardeau, about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, on Tuesday morning. Photos of Kinnaman's kill spread widely online, prompting what he called a flood of angry messages from "bullies."
Despite the nasty tone, Kinnaman said he hasn't reported any of the notes to authorities.
He and other hunters had declined to hunt the animal previously, and the property owner on whose land the deer was shot was among those in opposition.
Kinnaman said his friend changed his mind, however, after a steady stream of curiosity seekers came to take pictures of the animal, which had been shot before but survived wounds to the shoulder.
He described the hunt this week to the Southeast Missourian, saying he took his bow to the woods before sunrise Tuesday and spotted the buck on a ridge with two does.
Kinnaman said he drew it closer by grunting like a rival male.
"He came up looking like a monster when I made that grunt," he said. "He came in ready to fight."
The first arrow glanced off a branch and just grazed the animal. Kinnaman lured it back using a doe call and, from 25 yards away, shot an arrow into its side. The buck ran about 30 years before collapsing and dying.
It was "the buck of a lifetime," he said.