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A rare piebald, or spotted, deer was taken on public land near Outing, Minn., on the opening day of the state's deer firearms season.

Hunter takes rare piebald deer in Minnesota

Posted: November 8, 2011 - 11:41am
In this Nov. 5, 2011, cell phone photo provided by Joshua Winchell via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Winchell, 33, of Oakdale, Minn., poses with a rare piebald, or spotted, deer on public land near Outing, Minn., on the opening day of the state's deer firearms season. It was only Winchel's second time deer hunting and his first kill.  AP Photo
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In this Nov. 5, 2011, cell phone photo provided by Joshua Winchell via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Winchell, 33, of Oakdale, Minn., poses with a rare piebald, or spotted, deer on public land near Outing, Minn., on the opening day of the state's deer firearms season. It was only Winchel's second time deer hunting and his first kill.

OUTING, Minn. (AP) — A hunter has bagged a rare two-toned whitetail deer on his first hunt ever in Minnesota.

Joshua Winchell shot and killed a piebald deer, a spotted brown and white variety. During an initial sighting of the piebald in Cass County, Winchell's hunting partner, Pat Maranda, thought it was a dog. But when he looked a little closer, Maranda saw it was a rare spotted whitetail. Winchell and Maranda researched state hunting rules and found nothing prevented them from shooting the deer.

So when the two headed out on Saturday, they eventually ran across the piebald deer, which Winchell says stood out like a "cotton ball in the middle of the woods."

Winchell tells the Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/sNtk0F ) that he paused for a moment and thought twice about killing the deer, then decided to shoot it.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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