“It was the size of a labrador retriever”.
My late uncle Jackie Moore was a man of few words but when he told a story it always seemed to have an interesting twist.
“It crossed the road in front of us on in San Saba and it had a full eight point rack but it was half the size of a normal whitetail.”
He related that account several times and after his passing I mentioned it to my father (his brother) and was shocked at what I heard.
“I saw one of those little bucks down in San Saba too. We hunted the same lease and I saw one there. It was half the size of the other bucks with a full rack.”
Considering the Texas Hill Country has some of the nation’s smallest deer, that would put the weight of this tiny buck at around 40 pounds.
After pondering this I started looking for photographic evidence.
Photos of someone holding a super tiny fawn that fits in one’s hands circulate on the net and often claim they are whitetail. They are not. Those are muntjac deer which hail from Asia and only get to about 35 pounds at adulthood.
Here’s a shot of me with a muntjac fawn that was a couple of weeks old when the photo was taken.
After blogging on this issue last fall a reader sent a photo that is without a doubt the best proof of “micro whitetails” I have ever seen and this is the first time it has been published.