Today, I saw an article about a boy, 11, who shot his fall buck, and killed a white deer. He used a high powered cross bow, which is shot more like a rifle than a bow.
I'm not a hunter or gun owner but am from a family of those and live in a hunting state. I respect his fall hunt and use of the rifle, although I live in the fantasy of most: we are red meat eaters but don't realize that hunting was the basis for our tradition. So, this boy has fulfilled a human task of hunting, and I respect him for that.
Albino white deer:
It is very interesting about true game hunters. The have respect for the wildlife and their guns. True hunters control and lock their weapons, take classes on safety, and follow licensed guidelines. I've never seen a true hunter involved in abuse of their weapons. Nor, do they fight or need to have a weapon on them at all times (like so many Constitutionalists in my State, as well as State legislators backed by Alec.org)
The Wisconsin White Deer, not albino. normal colored eyes, white skin and hair.
You see true hunters in Cabelas buying some new gear, watching hours of the hunting channel, or cleaning gear. The same goes for the many range shooters in my State. Like a person that has learned to box, they don't need show off weapons or use them wantonly.
These hunters are not those with criminal, naive, or mass killer use of weapons. That is another type of person. I wrote a book after the Sandy Hook incident, primarily to document the use of weapons tied to psychopathology. There are people that should not have guns or have contact with them. And, as a culture, we need to find ways to soften use of assault weaponry in our society, particularly that in video games.
Ok, we have a boy that shot his white deer, and did what is appropriate for our American culture. He'll be proud and remembered! There is another side of the white deer though, that I don't fault this boy for not knowing. Sometimes there is a buck or monstrous trout that when seen, the hunter or fisher let's live out it's life in respect. The gun or bow are drawn. But, the human is in awe of the power, force, and grandeur of the rare creature.
This deer shot was an albino. There are white deer in North America and around that world that are not albino (having white hair and normal colored eyes). This non-albino deer is the related to the White Stag of mythology, and has symbolism for each of us.
The White Stag, often seen in movies such as Harry Potter or read in the Legends of King Arthur, is an animal connected with the earth, nature, unusual powers and ultimately, some connection with God. The White Stag can also appear as a sign of confirmation, that you are on the right path, or "in the right" in your life's path. To see the White Stag is not just special, it is a profound sign in life.
Sir Baden Powell said of the White Stag:
The White Stag has a message for you. Hunters of old pursued the miraculous stag, not because they expected to kill it, but because it led them in the joy of the chase to new and fresh adventures, and so to capture happiness. You may look on the White Stag as the true spirit of Scouting, springing forward and upward, ever leading you onward to leap over difficulties, to face new adventures in your active pursuit of the higher aims of Scouting.
—Baden-Powell's farewell speech to the Scouts.
Are you looking for your White Stag in your life, a confirmation that you are ok and on the right path? It will appear, if you are worthy. Worthy means truly seeking a life of meaning, wholeness, spirituality (of that that means to you), and humanity to others and to nature.
Here is some more information on the mythology of the white stag, found at
White Deer Culture and HistoryWhite deer in myths and legendsFrom Advocacy For Animals: http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2008/12/the-white-deer-at-the-seneca-army-depot/
In certain cultures around the world, European, Native American, and Asian, there have been stories and myths told about white deer.
In European mythology magical animals are striking in appearance owing to their supernatural shape, color, speed, and power; a frequent attribute of those animals is an unnatural white color.
In Celtic mythology the pursuit of supernatural animals is a common theme. The white stag or hart often appears in the forests around King Arthur’s court, sending the knights on adventures against gods and fairies. One fable relates how King Arthur arrived at Sir Pellinore’s well, a magical site, without his hunting party or his horse after pursuing a white deer. The white stag was also the heraldic symbol of England’s King Richard II.
In Hungarian mythology a white stag led the brothers Hunor and Magar to settle in Scythia and to establish the Hun and Magyar people.
In Native American mythology there is the Chickasaw legend, Ghost of the White Deer. There is also a Lenape legend about white deer that predicts that when a pair of all-white deer is seen together, it is a sign that the indigenous peoples of the Dawnland will all come together and lead the world with their wisdom.
Many tribes and indigenous peoples throughout the world have similar myths. The Seneca, Roanoke, Algonquin, Nanticoke, and Pocomoke tribes all relate sightings of the Great White Deer.
In Kamakura, Japan, the Engakuji Temple, which was founded in 1282, is the head of a branch school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. There a herd of divine white deer are said to have emerged from a cave to listen to the sermon of the temple’s founder the day it opened.
The white stag in British myth and legendFrom Mail Online: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1233644/Pictured-Mythical-white-stag-forests-Gloucestershire.html
White stags have long been associated with mythology and legend, an elusive yet magnificent beast.
King Arthur was left frustrated by his attempts to capture one, as were the Kings and Queens of Narnia, who chased the creature through the woods and found themselves tumbling out of a wardrobe.
………………………..White deer, closely identified with unicorns, have been potent figures in the mythology of many cultures.
It is said to be bad luck to kill one. According to the Scots legend, in 1128, David I, King of Scotland decided to go hunting on the Feast Day of the Holy Rood, against the wishes of his priest. While hunting he saw a huge white stag, or “hart”, and while giving chase he was thrown from his horse.
The white hart charged forward to kill him, so David – son of Malcolm Canmore and St. Margaret – called on God to save him. As the king grasped the hart’s antlers, they miraculously turned into a large cross, and the beast raised its head and vanished. Inspired by his vision, King David built a shrine to the Holy Rood – meaning Holy Cross – on the spot where the miracle occurred.
The ruin of Holyrood Abbey can still be seen today, at the foot of the Royal Mile next to Holyrood Palace. The White Hart Inn in Edinburgh’s grassmarket, reputedly the oldest pub in the capital, took its name from the legend.
The Celts considered white stags to be messengers from the “other world” and their appearance was said to herald some profound change in the lives of those who encountered them.
In the Chronicles of Narnia, the White Stag is fabled to grant wishes to whoever catches him. And in the Arthurian legend, the white stag is the creature that can never be caught. King Arthur’s repeatedly unsuccessful pursuit of the white stag represents mankind’s quest for spiritual knowledge.
In Christianity a white stag was said to be instrumental in the conversion of the martyr Saint Eustace after he saw a vision of the animal that told him he would suffer for Christ.
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For today, this young man shot his albino white deer. But, if you see the true White Stag, be in awe, don't shoot.....it may be part of you!
Dr. Charles Bunch, Boise, Idaho
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