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New Jersey Hunter Tags Exceptional 10-Level Piebald Buck – Area & Stream


Hardly ever does a looking plan come collectively as completely because it did for Robby Stenger on the opening day of New Jersey’s whitetail archery season. Whereas looking his 3-acre suburban property in Marlboro on October 1, Stenger took down a shocking piebald 10-point buck he’d been looking ahead to 4 years.

Stenger first encountered “Casper,” as he dubbed the buck, in 2019 when it was a fawn. He was instantly struck by the deer’s distinctive mottled coat. In 2020 he noticed the buck, now a spike, on his cell digital camera on October 29. Precisely one 12 months later—virtually to the hour—it once more confirmed up on Stenger’s cell cam once more and had developed into a pleasant 10-pointer.  

piebald deer buck on trail cam
Stenger had a number of years of historical past with the buck. Robby Stenger

Because the season opener approached in 2022, Stenger acquired a number of new digital camera pics displaying that Casper was nonetheless a 10-pointer however was carrying a a lot heavier rack. “I figured he was gonna rating round 130 or 135 inches, and I used to be considering not taking pictures him this 12 months,” Stenger says. “Ideally, I might let him go yet another 12 months and he’d break 150, possibly much more with the genetics now we have round right here.”

Stenger Wasn’t the Solely One with Eyes on the Massive Piebald

When Stenger purchased his home in 2018, he rapidly realized that he had stumbled upon a suburban deer looking hotspot. “I get two or three shooters that come by yearly,” he says. An enormous 9-pointer he shot close by in 2019 landed him a spot in Field & Stream’s Best Bucks of November story that 12 months. “The bucks on this space simply have nice genetics, and everyone is aware of it.” 

New Jersey Hunter Tags Remarkable 10-Point Piebald Buck
Robby Stenger

The issue, in fact, is that everyone is aware of it. That turned clear to Stenger when he made a cease on opening day at a neighborhood orchard. New Jersey permits baiting, and several other hunters within the space purchase apples and swap tales with this explicit orchard keeper. 

“He requested me how my season was wanting,” Stenger recollects. “I advised him I acquired a few shooters on digital camera, and I used to be actually considering this piebald I’ve watched for a number of years. He was a spike, however then he blew as much as a 10-pointer. Now he’s a shooter, however I’d wish to let him go yet another 12 months. And he says, ‘I do know that deer.’ And I’m like, ‘What do you imply him?’”

white and brown patchy fur
The deer’s patchy coat is a traditional instance of piebaldism. Robby Stenger

Three hunters who had already come by for apples had been actively looking the buck, the person advised Stenger. They’d proven him photographs of the identical piebald deer.  “That dialog occurred at 7:30 a.m. An hour later, I acquired my first daylight photograph of the buck that 12 months,” Stenger says. “I made a decision on the spot that I used to be going to shoot him if I might. I acquired in my stand round 3:30 p.m., and by 4:30 p.m. he was lifeless. It occurred that quick.”

Stenger’s land abuts a 6- or 7-acre woodlot, and from previous expertise, he knew {that a} daylight sighting of a buck meant the deer was most probably bedding shut by. His technique was to hunt a stand overlooking a low spot that deer use as a journey hall. This was almost foiled by a incorrect wind. “It was blowing at my again, which meant the buck would possibly catch my scent if it dropped down into that crease the place I anticipated him to cross. Fortunately, he made a giant circle and skirted me earlier than coming in, and my scent was rising because of the afternoon thermals,” Stenger says. “He by no means scented me, and when he gave me a shot at 20 yards, I took it.”

man holds anglers of whitetail deer buck with patches of white on the deer's face
 There are greater than 125,000 whitetail deer in New Jersey. Robby Stenger

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Stenger estimates the buck scores 130 to 135 inches. He isn’t second-guessing his determination to tag the buck this 12 months relatively than ready for one more 12 months. “I simply had an excessive amount of historical past with this deer,” he says. “I wanted to shoot him.” 

In accordance with the National Deer Association (NDA), piebaldism is “a uncommon genetic anomaly” that leads to irregular coloration and typically different bodily deformities. “Although we don’t absolutely perceive the genetic misfire that produces piebald deer, we all know you must think about your self lucky if you happen to see one the place you hunt,” explains the NDA. “It’s not a inhabitants drawback to fret about, and you may’t “repair” it by harvesting the deer deliberately, however if you happen to’d be pleased taking such a uncommon deer house with you and it’s authorized the place you hunt, by all means, get pleasure from.”

And Stenger did. “He’s a particularly uncommon and exquisite deer, with that piebald sample and people darkish, darkish chocolate antlers,” he says. “To see one thing like that’s mind-blowing. It’s in all probability the prettiest buck I’ve ever seen in my life. And now he’s on the taxidermist, and I’ll keep in mind it ceaselessly.”


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