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The Albino Deer of Boulder Junction 

Boulder Junction, Wisconsin is home to Wisconsin’s largest herd of albino deer.

The albino deer herd of Boulder Junction is one of Wisconsin’s great natural treasures.  Sometimes referred to as white deer or ghost deer, these white-tailed deer are true albinos, exhibiting pure white coats as well as pink noses, ears and hooves.

For more shots of Boulder Junction’s albino deer, visit Life in the Northwoods.

Seeing one of Boulder Junction’s albino deer is an unforgettable experience. During the spring, summer and fall, the bright coloration of these white deer makes them easy to spot among the forest foliage. During the winter, the coloring of albino deer blends in with the snowy surroundings, making them appear as ghosts moving across the landscape.

Recently, the Wisconsin Public Television program, “In Wisconsin” featured Boulder Junction’s albino deer.

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Albino deer have been in Wisconsin as long as white-tailed deer have been in the state. Native Americans speak about white deer in their ancient lore. Many generations of Boulder Junction residents have spotted white deer in the pine forests. Through the centuries, a feeling of respect for these rare animals has grown, so that people in Boulder Junction are now quite protective of their white-coated friends.

Why are there so many albino deer in Boulder Junction? No one knows for sure. It is illegal for hunters to shoot an albino deer, so perhaps this has allowed an existing population of albino deer to grow. Also, due to their uniqueness, people probably feed and look after the albino deer more than other deer. Whatever the reason, Boulder Junction has more albino deer than any other place in Wisconsin.

The best time to look for white deer in Boulder Junction is around sunrise and at sunset, when animals are moving to and from feeding areas. Very often, albino deer will be found among normally-colored deer. If you come across albino deer, please respect them as well as the private property lines of local residents.

Next time you’re in Boulder Junction, be sure to keep your eye out for Wisconsin’s most beautiful woodland creatures. Would you like to visit the realm of the albino deer? Order a free Boulder Junction visitor guide.