Micro Whitetail? Yes! (Pt. 2)

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My late uncle Jackie Moore used to tell a story about seeing a micro-sized whitetail buck cross the road when he was headed out to a deer lease near San Saba, TX. He said it was a fully-developed buck with a nice rack but was about half the height of a normal deer from the area.

And 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. Later as mentioned in part 1 of this series my Dad revealed seeing one of these micro deer.


Photo: Wiki Commons

The Internet was ablaze in 2014 about tiny deer noting the photo above which is actually a muntjac, a deer that at adulthood only weighs about 30 pounds.

Here’s me with a muntjac baby in 2014 as part of my investigation of this unique mystery.


The author with a baby muntjac in 2015.

In conducting an Internet search I found several references.

We use to have one where I went to college. Can’t remember what everyone named it but it was a dwarf deer. People would see it all the time and it was about half the size of a normal adult deer as well. These deer were very tame too as they were never hunted in an urban area so you could get fairly close to them. Use to trap deer there and then tackle them so we could put tags in them and do some research. Tried to get the mini but never did get him to go in one of the traps. (From T_3 Kyle on Taxidermy.net)

I was watching some hunting show. I cant remember which one it was, but they showed a midget whitetail buck walking down a trail. It was neat looking, short stubby legs and it had a nice little rack too. (From JMBFishing2008 on Indianasportsman.com)

The Key Deer is the smallest subspecies of whitetail and it is found only in the Florida Keys chain of islands. The next smallest is the Carmen Mountains Whitetail found in a remote mountainous region of West Texas and northern Mexico.

The Key Deer is the smallest whitetail deer subspecies.

The Key Deer is the smallest whitetail deer subspecies. (Photo: Wiki Commons)

Is there a recessive gene akin to dwarfism in whitetails? Have you seen one of these deer? If you have shoot us a report or a photo to [email protected].

Whitetails are amazing animals and the idea of micro versions running about is fascinating.

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